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Five reasons to hire a car for your holiday

David Knockton / 26 May 2015 ( 18 August 2017 )

If you're staying in the UK for your summer holidays this year, or maybe catching a ferry to Europe, here are five reasons you may want to consider car hire as a more comfortable option.

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If you plan to take a lot of luggage, you may need to hire a bigger car

1. Empty boot

The car boot can often be an Aladdin’s Cave of so-called 'essential items', from emergency roadside kits to picnic rugs and cool boxes.

It's also the last known resting place for umbrellas, old jackets, gardening equipment, half empty containers of screen wash and grandchildren’s beach toys.

Travelling by car with a more efficiently packed boot means the car itself will be lighter, and therefore easier on the fuel.

And what better than a pristine boot clear of clutter and oily rags to lay your favourite suitcase and holiday essentials on?

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2. Your own car might not make it

If you're more used to pottering around in your local town or village, a 400-mile drive encompassing motorways and remote B-roads can be a daunting prospect.

If you're not sure your car will make it, or don't want to risk breaking down in the middle of nowhere, then hiring a brand new, fully checked car with breakdown cover will give you the peace of mind you need for a long trip.

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3. Excitement of driving something different

Car adverts are always on television but not everyone can afford to replace their car for a new one as frequently as the manufactures would like.

If you drive a small city car then you may want to trade up to something like a Sports Utility Vehicle for your trip, or maybe try an automatic car instead of your usual manual transmission.

Hiring a car for your holiday adds to that extra special feeling of getting away from it all.

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4. Bigger car for more family

If your own car is a little sporty number you may not be able to squeeze everyone in comfortably enough for a long journey, or you may not want to risk getting it dusty and dirty on a long motorway drive.

Car hire is a great way to get the car you need for the road journey ahead – from a larger five seater for friends or family, to a people carrier if everyone's coming.

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5. Fly drive

If you don't have a car, or don't want the long drive, taking a domestic flight to a small airport with a car hire pick up at the other end is also hugely popular.

Jumping off the plane and in to a cheap hire car gives you much greater flexibility on where you can travel in the UK.

You can get a great discount on Hertz car hire in association with Saga – 10% off and a Free Additional Driver with all rentals – book today.

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