The Costa del Sol is one of the most beautiful places in the world. This beautiful Spanish coastline enjoys around 330 day of sunshine every year, and combined with stunning Mediterranean views, and many many places to visit and explore it is no wonder that it remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.

With over 100 flights per week heading into Malaga international airport, it is easily accessible from across Europe and the world, and from the airport you have all the wonders of Andalucia within easy reach. But with so much to see and do, how do you make sure you make the most of your well deserved escape from day to day life. It is quite simple. The best option is to hire a car. But how to choose the best rental company? Here are some hints and tips to making sure your holiday is everything you dreamed of.

Do your research and book in advance online

This is definitely the best option. This way you can consider all the different options and prices to make sure you are getting the best deal. There are well over 150 companies offering car hire in Malaga Spain, and this means there can sometimes be too much choice.

There are also many third party comparison and booking sites out there that claim to offer the best rates and options, however these companies can often work out more expensive and you certainly will not offer the same level of customer service compared to booking direct with a company.

Many car hire companies have booking websites available in english to cater for the high number of english speaking visitors coming to Malaga each year, so you should be able to fully understand the terms of the rental and what is included in the price with no hidden nasty surprises later.

Booking online and in advance will also give you peace of mind that when you arrive in Malaga you will be able to continue your journey hassle-free with your vehicle prepared and ready for you. You will also be able to easily see how you collect your car, and if there is transport to the rental site available so you are not waiting around too long in the airport wondering where to go.

Choose the car that best suits you and your family

Of course with any car rental companies there is always a range of vehicles to suit any budget. The better companies will have a wide range of choice so you can be sure to choose the right one for you. If you are travelling alone or as a couple, then a smaller budget option will be better for you. Consider models like the Fiat 500 or a medium size car like the Ford Fiesta or Volkswagen Polo.

Choosing the size you want is important, but be prepared that you might not get the exact model selected, but can at least be reassured that the model you are given will be similar.

If you are travelling with a group, or as a family, then you will want something the size of a Seat Leon. Of course it is not all about size and budget, there is also comfort and personal style to consider. It which case you might want to consider going for a premium luxury option, like a Porsche Cayenne. Perfect for cruising down to Puerto Banus for a weekend in the playground of the wealthy.  

Choose your extra options with care

It is not just the rental of the actual vehicle you need to consider. There are many other additional things you may need also.

For example the most basic packages will likely only cover mileage and low level insurance that covers only passengers and theft. It would not cover damage to the vehicle or lost keys for example.

If you want full coverage for damage, with no payable excess then you will likely need to opt for one of the better plus packages. You also need to think about whether you would like roadside assistance, baby seats, GPS or a second driver, and make sure the package you choose covers those items as it can be more expensive to add them later.

Also carefully check the fuel policy. The best option is ‘full to full’ which means it is provided to you full and you need to return it full also.

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