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The Hidden Cost Howlers of Renting A Car for Skiers


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2012) - The conditions when booking a hire car for skiing are not dissimilar to the conditions when skiing in a blizzard as both offer poor visibility and a lack of transparency.

Extra and often hidden charges can range from snow chains, which can cost up to GBP 60 to hire, to a roof rack, at up to GBP 85 to hire, and excess car hire insurance, that can add an additional GBP 155 for a week's cover (see full figures in link)., a specialist provider of excess car hire insurance, researched five ski gateways, Munich, Geneva, Chambery, Barcelona and Inverness, to find out the hidden extras when picking up your hire car.

Snow Chains - Cost from GBP 17 to GBP 60

Snow chains are essential for mountain driving but generally the charge for these is only given at the time of hire car collection. The cheapest place to hire snow chains from was Munich where a week's hire was from GBP 17, whereas in Barcelona it was over three times this amount, at GBP 60.

A Roof Rack - Cost from GBP 33 to GBP 85

Hiring a roof rack in Munich, with Hertz, was over GBP 85, while in Chambery, gateway to the three valleys, the charge was a more reasonable GBP 23 with Sixt.

Excess Car Hire Insurance

Without excess cover, car hire drivers are liable for anything up to GBP 1500 in liability if their hire car is damaged, even if it's not their fault or indeed if the car is stolen. To stop this risk, travellers are strongly advised to purchase excess car hire insurance, preferably in advance from a specialist provider, like (daily policies from GBP 2.99) or they are faced with buying it direct from the rental desk.

The most expensive place to purchase excess insurance was in Geneva where travellers will pay on average over GBP 115 for a week's cover. An 82% saving can be made buying it from, which also provides more comprehensive cover than most of the rental companies' policies.

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Halo Insurance
Ben Wooltorton
Sales and Marketing Director
+44 7739 719 570

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