Before You Arrive

If you cannot find your rental car, which can happen especially at major train stations and airports, please ask for assistance from our rental agency staff. You can reach them personally at the counter on site or by phone using the number provided on your rental agreement.

Tolls are the responsibility of the driver. In some countries, automatic toll collection devices can be added at the rental station so that you can spend less time paying for tolls and more time on the open road. Call our reservations team for more information about tolls in the country you are hiring in or ask at the counter when collecting your vehicle.

 

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Your hire car will run on either diesel or petrol. Or if it's a hybrid, petrol and electricity. It depends which model you choose. But always remember to refill your car with the right type of fuel. If you're in doubt, check your rental paperwork for the fuel type or call your hire station whose number is listed on your rental agreement.

 

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We understand you might be delayed, especially if you're arriving by air. To keep your journey hassle free, we always work around you where possible. Just remember to tell us your flight number when you book your vehicle so we can be prepared. Regardless of how long your flight is delayed, your hire vehicle will be ready for you. If you're hiring a car from a location other than an airport and are delayed by more than an hour, please call the station. Our telephone number is on your booking confirmation.

 

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If you have already booked your hire vehicle, you will find our contact details in your booking confirmation email. Or simply look up your nearest hire station. If you still have your hire vehicle and would like to change or extend your hire or request anything else, you will find the contact details on the first page of your rental agreement. If you haven't already, try searching in this help center for assistance on the reason you wish to contact the station – if the answer does not completely respond to your queries you will be given an opportunity to contact us using the buttons below the article.

 

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We always have several active offers to meet our customers needs. Discover our latest offers here. If you have any questions about the offers, please contact us using the icons below and we are happy to help.

 

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At the start of your rental, we will ask your card issuer to hold a sum of money for us. This is a temporary hold against the funds you have available on that card. We do not charge your card and no money is taken from your account. Your card issuer will usually present this authorisation hold as a pending transaction that reduces the money you have available to spend.

For further information about the pre-authorisation and the value of the authorisation hold, please click here.

Budget will still track late flights assuming the correct flight details have been added to the reservation.

 

Don't forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.

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Driving abroad is easy, because you can use your original driving licence in most of Europe, South Africa, the USA and Canada. If your driving licence isn't in Roman characters (for example, Japanese), or you're hiring in Australia, you will also need an International Driving Permit. Don't forget to review the terms and conditions when you place the booking, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.

 

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Collecting your hire vehicle is quick and effortless, because we don't want to hold you up on your journey. Remember to bring your driving licence and a credit card (or two cards where required – for high value vehicles). We will then check your hire car for any existing damage. Once you are satisfied, simply sign the rental agreement. Then, the road is yours. 

 

Don't forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.

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You are always welcome to purchase an upgrade when you collect your hire vehicle. If you are linked to a frequent flyer loyalty programme which offers upgrades, we will of course honour this.

 

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Your privacy means a lot to us. Please have a read through our Privacy Policy, which explains exactly how your data is used, collected and protected, as well as the types of cookies used by this website. We make sure that your personal data is further secured by only ever discussing personal information or details of a rental with the main driver of that rental, unless express written consent is given to us to speak with someone else. 

 

Don't forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.

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It is standard that the charge for tolls arrives a few weeks following the end of your rental, as we must wait for the charge details to be provided by the toll authorities. The charge is usually taken in one payment but multiple charges/receipts are also possible based upon the location and duration of the rental.

 

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No, but, if you do arrive early we will try our best to accommodate you. Please be aware that collecting your vehicle early may incur an additional days charge. Please check with our representatives at the location to find out more. If you're collecting your hire car at the weekend, remember pick up times can be restricted so please call ahead. Likewise, please call if you think you're going to be more than half an hour late. You will find your location's contact details on your booking confirmation.

 

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The Vehicle Registration Fee, which is included in your quote before you book your vehicle, helps cover the cost of your hire vehicle's registration. It is itemised on your invoice for clarity but is not an additional charge.

 

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When you collect your hire vehicle you will receive a rental agreement. This document contains all the information you need to know, including the booking price and the vehicle's condition. You will need to check and sign your rental agreement before you drive your hire vehicle away.

It's a very quick and simple document, because we don't want to hold you up on your journey.

 

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You don't need to worry about paying for the Dartford Crossing as most of our vehicles from nearby locations are pre-registered with the Dartford Authority. This means that you do not need to do anything extra, we will take payment for the crossings from the payment card used on the rental.


We always aim to provide a vehicle from the group reserved. On the rare occasion we are unable to offer you a car from your chosen group, we will provide an equivalent or premium alternative. This won't cost you a penny extra because we want everything to be just right for your journey.

 

Don't forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.

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Our Terms and Conditions are available for your review here. Our Terms and Conditions vary depending on the rental location and type of terms selected. Please the rental country where you will be collecting your vehicle so that we can provide the applicable documents. These documents can be accessed in eight different languages.

The Congestion Charge zone covers central London. It spans Hyde Park in the west to Vauxhall in the south, Tower Hill in the east and Regent's Park in the north. You can find out exactly the areas it covers by viewing the Congestion Charge map. We can pay on your behalf for the first and last day of your rental. Just let us know when you collect your hire vehicle and we will add it to your rental agreement. Discover how to pay the charge.

 

Don't forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.

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We understand that you may need to amend or cancel your booking for many different reasons. To make any changes or to cancel your existing booking, please visit our website here.  If you have booked through a third party, such as a travel agent or broker, please contact the booking source directly for assistance.

It is important that you have read and understood our cancellation policy which is included in our booking terms and conditions.

If you have prepaid for your reservation, and you had cancelled it at least 1 day before the day your reservation should begin, the refund should be processed automatically. If that is not the case, you can connect with our customer service team  to request the applicable refund.  Please note that any refunds can take up to 5-7 working days to reach your account once it is processed.


You just need to bring your:

  • Driving licence
  • Credit card (if it’s a high value vehicle two payment cards must be provided, one of which needs to be a credit card),
  • Proof of any discount (such as a frequent flyer card),
  • Photo ID (such as a passport or driving licence with photo)

You may also need to bring proof of where you live, which could include a recent utility bill or bank statement.  For more information on the rental requirements where you wish to rent, please review our location specific terms and conditions.

Lastly, if you booked online or over the phone, bringing a print out of your booking confirmation showing your unique booking reference can streamline your check-out process. If you booked through a travel agent or third party agent, you will also need to bring the voucher they have supplied.

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Don't forget to review the terms and conditions when you book, which include everything you need to know ahead of your journey.

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Our new service saves you time at the counter, allowing you to speed up your rental collection by registering your details in advance so you can easily grab the keys and go.

It’s simple. Hit the book button online and fill in your details straight away.

Use the button on the booking confirmation page to get started. To complete QuickPass, we need a few details from you – so have your driving licence and payment card ready. Enter all your details, customise your rental and click done. It’s really that easy.

Don’t have your details to hand? Don’t sweat it. You’ll have plenty chances to do this before your rental. If you forget, we’ll send an email reminder.

When you arrive at Heathrow Airport (excluding Terminal 5) and you have collected your luggage from the luggage reclaim we would ask that you call ahead for a shuttle bus and it will depart from our office to collect you from the terminal you arrived at and take you to our Avis Budget office at the airport. It can take approximately 10 to 15 minutes for the shuttle bus to reach the terminal you arrived at, dependent upon road traffic, hence the request to call in advance due to the current situation and environment.  Our buses do run on a schedule to each terminal 7 days a week between the times of 5:30am to 11:30pm daily, but by calling ahead we will be aware of your arrival. The number to call is 0208 754 7150.

 

 

The value of the pre-authorisation hold varies depending on the rental country, the rental location and the rental conditions.

To find out more about the amount and the possible exceptions or conditions of your pre-authorisation hold, please select your rental country from the below table:

France Germany Italy Spain
UK Norway Sweden Portugal
Belgium Denmark Luxembourg Switzerland
Austria Poland Czech Rep. Others

If you have already rented and have additional questions regarding the pre-authorisation or its release, you can find more information here.
 

 

Unfortunately, we are unable to fit the seat or arrange for it to be fitted for you. We are of course happy to provide guidelines on how you are able to fix the seat into the vehicle and manufacturers will generally provide guidelines on the seat as well. If your child is under the age of 12 or below 135cm, by law you must use an appropriate seat. This is to help protect your child in an accident, because normal seat belts are designed to fit adults in the stronger shoulder and hip areas. Unfortunately normal seat belts support a child in the wrong place. Find out more about hiring child seats.

 

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