We rent a car
In this post you will learn how secure, no credit card and no deposit rent a car with full insurance in the Canary Islands.
This is the second, updated version of this post. A lot has changed in the meantime. The offer of companies recommended by me has ceased to be attractive, so it's time for a solid revision. Both companies dropped out of the entry, and in their place a different, definitely more advantageous offer from a well-known and very popular rental company appeared.
However, in order to avoid surprises related to the change in the attractiveness of the supplier's offer, I suggest looking for a good price in such a way as to be able to immediately compare whether the offer of the selected rental company is still attractive and how it compares to the competitors.
So we will be looking for a good price using the benefits of a price comparison website Discover Cars - [click]which is good at comparing local car hire deals.
Before we get into a specific search, however, please read a few words about my rental car adventures. This is a good example of how not to do 🙂
Read before you start booking!
When I was in Tenerife a few years ago, unfortunately I acted quite spontaneously. I only thought about renting a car when we stayed at a local hotel for 2 days. I arranged the rent quickly ... I went to the hotel reception and asked if they could help me about renting a car. Of course, the reception desks in all hotels are perfectly prepared for this. Most often they cooperate with tiny, local rental companies. The gentleman at the reception literally made one phone call and after three minutes I already had a car booked. It was (I remember it perfectly) the well-served KIA Picanto, which (when it was clearly downhill) on a dual carriageway towards Santa Cruz was able to accelerate almost to 107 km / h 🙂
The whole family squealed with joy when we finally managed to cross the magical 100 km / h barrier with this car. I did not know whether to hold the steering wheel or maybe grab the other elements of the body, because I had the impression that we are just falling apart. Everything was shaking as if we were passing through the atmosphere returning from space travel to Mars.
The fact is that KIA Picanto even managed to go to the bottom station of the cable car on Teide volcano to the height of 2 555 m above sea level, but it was difficult not only for me as a driver, but also for her.
Learn from my mistakes!
The rental cost me 50 Euro for each day and there was no need for a credit card or no deposit. All I needed was an ID card and driving license.
Everything is cool, but today I would do differently.
Tiny local rental companies with just a few cars usually do not require any additional security (in the form of a credit card or deposit) and that's cool. Unfortunately, after some time, when I started to drill down on the topic, it turned out that50 Euro per day is very expensive. If I had done some honest research before, I'd be able to rent a better car for less than half that amount. Of course, also without the need for a credit card.
An important disadvantage of such micro rentals is too technical condition of vehicles. In small car rentals, cars are rarely exchanged and they ride until they die … literally. When you take a car from such a rental shop, don't expect luxury. A several-year-old car that is constantly tortured on the island's mountain and steep roads (start, stop, clutch, brake ... over and over) by drivers of various skills, after a few years it's a real wreck.
In small rentals, I have practically always encountered the same problem: burned or heavily worn clutch and heavily worn brakes. Once, I even got a car with such a worn clutch that smoke flew from under the bonnet after a few kilometers of regular driving. Of course, the clutch was burning, which was practically gone when I picked up the car. Drama.
However, as long as someone wants to ride such a wreck, it will be rented in the micro rental shop.
However, there are no jokes on mountain roads such as Tenerife. It's steep, winding, tight and dangerous. Do not risk renting a car from a garage rental company!
The best solution in this situation are medium-sized rentals with a solid fleet. Large chain rentals are usually more expensive.
A local, medium-sized rental company with an established position on the market is certainly not due to chance. They have adopted standards that they must adhere to. The fleet is regularly renewed and serviced, so you can feel safe.
How much does it cost to rent a car in the Canary Islands at a good company?
And here's a surprise! As I wrote at the beginning, the rental will be much cheaper and better than the one I described in the previous paragraph. The information that I present below is the result of my many years of experience and a detailed analysis of the offers of nearly 20 different car rental companies operating in the Canary Islands, of various sizes and ranges.
Of course, I will not describe the analysis of all offers here. I will only show the one I chose, considering it the best. At the same time, it is an offer that I would use myself when going to Tenerife today (I stuck to this Tenerife, I will stick to it).
Approaching the analysis, I assumed that:
- the rental is to be possible without the use of a credit card
- the rental is to be possible without the need to block the money in the form of a deposit, or the deposit must be really very low
- the company is to be known, reliable and proven
- the price must be attractive (definitely lower than what I once paid)
The conducted analysis led to the selection of Cicar's offer.
Local car rental - Cicar
Cicar is a car rental company that deals with car rental only in Spain. They don't have any rental shops in other parts of the world. They have a great opinion. Due to the good price offer, the rental is very popular. During the summer season, picking up your car may take a little longer during the peak season. It cannot be avoided and it is worth taking it into account in your plans.
How do I look for the best price?
We will do it in a few simple steps, the shortest way to the goal.
1. We enter the comparison engine Discover Cars - [click] and enter the data into the search box, that is: the place of picking up the car and the date of picking up and returning the car.
For the purposes of this entry, I chose Tenerife South Airport (TFS), rental for the last week of September. We click "Search”And we are waiting for the result.
2. After a while we get the search result but we are not moving to the price analysis yet. First, we have to do something else. If you are looking for a car on a computer, you have a very extensive filtering mechanism available, which makes it easy to search for good offers (not all filtering options are available when looking on the phone).
The filter column is available to the left of the offer list. Scroll down the page a little and look for a section in this column called "Refundable deposit". In this section, check the option "A deposit is not required”- as in the picture below.
With this simple method, we have removed all offers that would require a credit card and a deposit from the search results. Tadaaaam !!!
We have it!
3. In the results list you now only have rentals that do not require a card and do not make deposits.
At the time of writing this text, only two rentals remained on the results list: Cicar and Key'n Go. The cheapest offer was from Cicar. I post it below.
Please note that it is clearly stated on the offer that no deposit is required.
The second offer was also from Cicar and I even found it more interesting. It contained a larger and more comfortable car for just a few dozen zlotys more. I think I would choose it.
In this way, we quickly searched for the best offers and compared their attractiveness with other suppliers. However, I would like to point out that Cicar's offer does not always have to appear in the results. There is a probability that there will be no more free cars in Ciciar at the time you set, and then you have to take advantage of another offer. This often happens on vacation if you are looking for a car just before you leave. Cicar is very popular and most people rent a car from them in advance. Leaving the case to the last minute may end up in an unpleasant surprise.
Once you have an offer that suits you, there is nothing else to do but start booking 🙂
To be sure, you can also check the prices in the second comparison engine: Rentalcars - [click], but with high probability in Tenerife Discover Cars - [click] will be better.
I can't see the Cicar offer, why?
One of the readers rightly drew my attention to this situation in a comment:
“Hello, in the search engine that you recommend, it is unfortunately not possible to select the 'no deposit' option, and there is no Cicar rental service there either. Do you recommend another company?
I need a car on 10-17.10.2021. "
So we have a situation where you go to the search engine, enter the rental dates ... and the "No deposit required" option is not shown, and there is no Cicar offer in the results. Why?
The Cicar offer does not show up because there are no more free cars in Ciciar at the time you choose. They have all been borrowed.
If, by the way, the "Deposit is not required" option is not shown, it means that in other rental companies that also offer cars without a deposit, but a bit more expensive (eg Key'n Go), there are also no free cars.
You will come across such a problem very often, especially when you are looking for a car at the last minute, shortly before arrival. The best deals are already sold out and you only have what's left at your disposal. The situation is then more difficult, but not necessarily hopeless.
What to do?
You have to choose something from the offers at your disposal. These will be offers that require a deposit to be blocked on your credit card, but sometimes you can find an offer with a small, even symbolic deposit, which is not a big problem.
How to find the best offer at the moment?
In the filter "Refundable deposit" select the item with the lowest available deposit. Most likely it will be a range 1 - 2499 PLNas below picture.
Then go to the top of the search results and check the cheapest deal. At the time of writing, the cheapest offer was the Nissan Micra from Europcar.
Ale WARNING! Before you start booking, you MUST check the amount of the deposit required by the rental company and your own contribution (i.e. the amount of your financial liability).
To do this, you must click on the link on the offer "Loan conditions". I've marked it in the image below.
After opening the card with the rental conditions (picture below) at Europcar, you can see that the deposit on the credit card is EUR 500, and the material liability is over EUR 1 (PLN 000). It is too much for me and this offer is out of the question. I keep searching.
Next in line was a slightly more expensive offer for the KIA Picanto from the Canarias rental company.
I check the size of the deposit and my own contribution in the same way. I can see that the amount of the deposit is only EUR 100, and the material liability, i.e. own contribution, is EUR 300 (PLN 1), as you can see in the pictures below
And that's a pretty decent offer.
In a situation where the most attractive offers have run out and cars from the most popular rental companies are no longer available, the search logic presented above seems to be the most effective.
In my experience, if you want to rent a car in Tenerife during the summer season, you should look for it roughly three months in advance. Outside the summer tourist season, but while Tenerife still attracts a lot of people, i.e. early autumn and spring, the search must be carried out at least one month before departure.
What do you need to know before renting?
Below you will find some basic information that you should read before renting. They mainly concern the scope of insurance and liability that you may bear when taking out. The rental options proposed by me above significantly limit your liability, but I believe that what I have included below must be read at least once. You can always look here again if needed.
What is a credit card deposit?
deposit is the amount that the rental company blocks on the credit card. This amount does not disappear from your card. It's still there, but is not usable.
Suppose you have a credit card with a PLN 3000 limit. You rent a car from the rental company, and in the conditions of the rental there is information about the deposit in the amount of 500 EUR. You pick up the car and the rental company will deposit a deposit on the card, in accordance with the EUR 500 contract. Your card still has 3000 PLN but 500 EUR * 4,3 = 2 100 PLN is blocked and as long as the blockade is not removed, you cannot use these funds. PLN 900 is available to you.
If you had a plan to pay with the same card for a hotel that costs PLN 1500, for example will not succeed. The deposit will be removed at the earliest about 24 hours after the return of the car, and often it takes even more than a week. It is worth remembering and it is best to pay for other obligations to have a different (debit) penalty or a correspondingly higher limit on your credit card.
What is the deposit on the credit card for?
In this way, rental companies protect themselves against dishonest customers. If the customer does not fulfill the terms of the contract, the costs associated with it rental deducts from the deposit. Suppose you are 8 hours late with returning the car. The agreement provides for an additional fee. The rental company may charge a fee from the deposit regardless of your will.
Another example: you picked up the car with a full tank of gas and returned it with an empty one. The rental charges the value of full refueling and the additional service cost. It now comes out more or less as if a liter of fuel cost 2 EUR. So e.g. the 50 L * 2 EUR / L = 100 EUR fuel tank. That much more or less disappears from the deposit. Examples can be multiplied (scratches on the car, broken mirror, broken glass, damaged upholstery, etc.).
Own contribution and car insurance
In addition to the deposit, which is blocked directly on your credit card, renting a car involves taking on yourself liabilities with so-called own contribution.
Own contribution applies to:
- destruction or damage to the car
- car theft
Each rental has its own amount of own contribution. Separately for destruction and separately for car theft.
This is the cost that you agree to pay the maximum if one of the above events occurs.
The assumption is that if the costs resulting from the removal of damage are greater than the own contribution you assumed in the contract, you are only liable up to the amount of your own contribution, and the remaining costs are covered by insurance.
Currently, practically all rentals include the cost of this insurance in basic vehicle price (the cheapest one you see on the throne). This insurance is mandatory and applies to all rented vehicles.
Vehicle damage insurance - CDW
This is it basic insuranceto which the vehicle is covered (often on the website of the rental company is called Full Insurance, which can be misleading, I feel allergic, it is common practice). The practice of calling basic insurance full is probably intended to suggest to the customer that at a similar price he is purchasing a better insurance package. Then the offer seems more attractive, but in fact it is not. So let's check if the insurance called full insurance is insurance CDW or actually full (SCDW - about which I will write a little below).
I did not find an offer where the insurance would be subject to a surcharge. Everywhere it was at the basic price of the vehicle.
CDW is an abbreviation of the English name Collision Damage Waiver. Having this insurance limits your liability for damage to the amount of your own contribution.
However, if it wasn't too colorful, it would be from this insurance are off the most common: windows, tires and chassis. There may be more exclusions. This means that if, for example, during a collision the damage touched the elements that are excluded from insurance, then for their repair you will pay extra.
Of course, if the event was not your fault and you have a police report for it, then the rental company he has no right to deduct any money. Then the offender pays.
If you have been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, no insurance works. You pay the full amount of repair costs.
Theft insurance - TP
It is an insurance which in the event of the theft of a vehicle limits your financial liability to the amount of your own contribution.
The name of the insurance is short for the English version Theft Waiver.
The cost of this insurance is included in basic vehicle rental price.
I did not find an offer where the insurance would be subject to a surcharge. Everywhere it was at the basic price of the vehicle.
Full damage insurance - SCDW
This type of insurance totally or partially bear your responsibility for car damage and that is real full damage insurance.
The name comes from the English version: Super Collision Damage Waiver.
In most cases, your liability after purchasing this insurance is reduced to zero, less often to a symbolic amount of around 100 - 500 EUR (depending on the brand and price of the new vehicle).
Rentals, which basic insurance is called incorrectly (or intentionally) full, are called this type of insurance: All Inclisive, Super, All Protection ... etc.
When booking on the comparison website, you have the option to buy full insurance with each rental SCDW. However, you should be aware that this is an insurance that you buy in the comparison website, not in the target rental company. What does it mean? This means that if the car is damaged or stolen, the rental will download from your account the amount up to the amount of own contribution, and for the return of this amount within the possessed you must apply to comparison engines.
If you want to take out full insurance SCDW directly at the rental company, you have to do it on the spot when you rent it. Then you will avoid a possible removal of your own contribution from your account and claiming a refund from the insurer. Unfortunately, most rental companies, even on their own websites, do not allow you to buy this insurance online and you have to do it on the spot when picking up the car. On the other hand, the rental prices through the comparison engine are lower than directly on the rental websites, so and so it's profitable make a basic reservation through it.
I checked the cost of buying full SCDW insurance at several rental companies. On average, it is EUR 30 / day for basic car models.
Travel Insurance - PAI
Often, when renting, insurance for people traveling with a rented car is also offered. It has nothing to do with the car itself, it only applies to people. If you buy insurance for yourself before traveling, you do not need it.
The abbreviation comes from the English name: Personal Accident Insurance.
This insurance is often included in the package with SCDW.
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