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Car Hire

We offer a wide selection of cars, usually with Europcar, but also occasionally with other suppliers, to collect from any of the airports throughout Italy.

Please call us with your requirements: (01694) 722193 or email us:[email protected]

 
Essential Documents
IT IS ESSENTIAL TO HAVE A CREDIT CARD (with a Visa or Mastercard symbol) IN THE LEAD DRIVERS NAME TO HIRE A CAR. The cost of any extras and petrol used is then billed to that credit card at the end of the rental.  Cash deposits are no longer accepted. It is also essential that you provide a full, valid driving licence - if you have a photocard licence issued by the DVLA, you will also need to provide proof of your driving history using the DVLAs online 'check-code' tool.
 
Included Cars
For many of our properties, we would strongly recommend car hire. Consequently, for many (although not all) self-catering properties especially, car hire is included in our base prices. Where car hire is included, it is always a Group C-1 air-conditioned car, suitable for up to 4 people only. For larger properties, the car will inevitably not carry all members of the party and their luggage. It is clients’ responsibility to assess their needs (for passengers and luggage) and upgrade or book an extra car, if necessary.
 
Special Groups
Availability of special car groups is quite limited, but it is possible to book automatic cars, convertible cars etc. Prices vary depending on dates - please ask if you have a specific type of car in mind.
 
Car Models
Car models are given as examples are an indication of the size and type of car for each group, they may not be the exact model you receive. Some of the more specialist vehicles can be difficult to book and they are not available at all airport depots and the availability is more limited than other cars. Please have an alternative group in mind, as a second choice.
 
Charging Period
Car suppliers make charges for a minimum period of 24 hours, therefore if the car rental period runs over a complete 24 hour period you will be charged a whole extra day's rental.
 
One-way Rentals
This offers maximum flexibility by allowing you to fly into one Italian airport and fly back from another - ideal if you are choosing a two-centre holiday. Please note there is a charge for this service, payable locally - the charge varies depending on car size and the rental locations, so please ask for further details.
 
EXCESS REIMBURSEMENT INSURANCE

Total peace of mind for just £4.50 per day, provided by Insurance4CarHire

Excess Reimbursement Insurance protects you from paying any insurance excess in the event of accidental damage to your hire car, including damage to tyres, windows, wheels, underside and roof ( normal terms and conditions still apply; see section ALL PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE below). We organise this cover ourselves through a third-party specialist, NOT with the car hire provider, as we feel this gives our clients the best value for money (the cost of cover through our third-party specialist is approx £4.50 per day, whereas you are likely to be charged approx €36 per day, locally, for similar cover).

 

WE STRONGLY ADVISE clients to take out Collision Damage Excess Waiver locally, if they have not already paid the £4.50 per day to Long Travel at the time of booking. If you have not taken out any Collision Damage Excess Waiver cover and you do damage your hire car, you are liable to pay the supplier's excess of between approx €500 - €2600 (or possibly more).

 

If you take out Excess Reimbursement Insurance and you damage the car, you will be charged the excess by the local supplier. This insurance allows you to reclaim this charge for the excess providing you complete an accident report form on returning your car (be sure to keep a copy of this and any other documents relating to your hire car). On your return, this will have to be forwarded to the underwriter (the details are on your insurance policy) and you will receive a refund of the excess that you have paid within approx 90 days. In the event that keys are lost or damaged you will be liable for the cost of obtaining a replacement.

The vital point seems to be that, if the car is damaged in any way, you must obtain a report from the car hire office (and the police if it is serious enough for them to be involved), in order for your claim for reimbursement of the excess to be considered.

If you decide not to take any additional insurance and the car is damaged, any excess charged by the local supplier will not be refunded. Any wilful damage to the car, by the driver or its passengers will incur the full cost of the repair.

Please advise us at the time of booking if you wish to take the Excess Reimbursement Insurance.  It is the driver's  responsibility to check they are have suitable insurance cover in place - Long Travel accepts no responsibility in this regard.   

 

 

RENTALS INCLUDE:

• One named driver • Unlimited mileage • Third party insurance • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW, insurance excess applies) • Theft waiver for car only, not contents (insurance excess applies) • Local taxes and VAT on the rental • 24 hr breakdown service.

 
RENTALS DO NOT INCLUDE:

• Fuel (a deposit is taken with the security deposit, this is refunded if the car is returned with full tank• Collision damage Excess (between approx €500-€2600) • Collision Damage Excess Refund (Super CDW) • Theft Excess (between approx €1700-€2700) • Theft Excess Waiver • Personal accident insurance (not necessary if you take our holiday insurance) • Traffic and parking fines and associated admin charges • Any out of working hours collection charges if your flight arrives outside the car hire office normal hours N.B. if you drop your car off outside working hours, you can usually leave the keys at the point provided, without charge • Insurance for damage to interior, towing charges, wilful damage or damage through negligence, customers may therefore be liable for damage to these items. • Any damage done to a car off a public road, i.e. unmade track/driveway will not be covered by the car insurance • Extra driver charge & Young driver surcharge • Optional extras (payable locally) • Airport tax and VAT on extras • Hire of child seats • One-way rental charges

 

 

Car Hire Extra Information

(€ payable locally, excluding airport tax)

Minimum age  18-24 yrs, depending on vehicle type (there is usually a supplement for drivers
aged under 25 yrs
Licence  Held for at least 1 year.  Latin-based alphabet only (no Arabic/Chinese etc) unless accompanied by valid international license.
Extra driver charge  From €7 per day (approx)
Endorsements & Young driver charges  From €16 per day (approx)
Baby/child seat

 From €20 per day (approx). Charged for maximum of 3 days.

Endorsements  Check at time of booking
Out of hours collection charge (on request)  From €25 (approx)
One way rental charge  From €80 - €350 (approx) per rental
Collision damage excess  Between €900 - €1500 (approx) depending on car group
Theft Excess  Between €1700 - €2700 (approx) depending on car group
Collision damage excess waiver (Super insurance cover)
 Cover starts from €14 per day, payable locally for similar cover.
OR PAY £4.50 PER DAY AT TIME OF BOOKING
Security deposit  Credit card imprint to cover any costs

 

 

GENERAL

• The prices shown above are for cars with unlimited mileage, collected from and returned to the airport.

• For airport pick ups, Long Travel must have correct flight numbers and timings to ensure booking.

• The rental voucher and a valid driving licence (and valid DVLA check code) must be presented when collecting the car. We cannot be held responsible for rentals rejected if you do not have your voucher, valid driving licence or check code.
• When taking delivery of your car, the driver(s) will be asked to sign the car hire company’s Conditions of Hire, making the rental a direct contract between each driver and the car hire company. You should retain your rental documents for at least 28 days after returning home.
• Drivers must produce a full driving licence held for at least one year or in some destinations, three years (in some cases an international driving licence will be required). If you have the new style UK licence, ensure you take with you proof of your driving history using the DVLAs online tool. Faxed or photocopied licences are not acceptable.
 
• Roof racks are not available. Please book a car with a large enough boot for your luggage!!
• Cars returned 30 minutes or more later than collected incur an extra day’s rental at local rates. No refunds are payable on cars returned early.
• Child seat belt laws (at the time of writing) - Infants up to 9 months (or 9 kgs in weight) must occupy a baby seat, usually attached to the front passenger seat. Children over 9 months, but under 4 yrs (between 9 & 18 kgs) must travel in secured child seats in the rear. Supplements for baby and child seats are payable locally and we must be informed, at the time of booking, whether an infant/child seat is required. For last minute bookings, child seats may sometimes not be available, in which case you must take your own. It is your responsibility to ensure that the seat is fixed securely, some hire companies will expect you to fix the seat yourself. Others may fit the seat for you. To be satisfied that the child seat will adhere to the safety standards one would expect in the U.K we recommend that you take your own. Any child seat provided by the car supplier will adhere only to the Italian safety standards, which are not always as stringent as in the UK.  It is the driver's responsibility to adhere be familiar with and adhere to current seat belt laws (which may have changed since the time of writing). 
• Please inform us at the time of booking, if the driver is under 25 yrs or over 65 yrs.
• You must declare any endorsements that the driver has, at the time of booking. This usually causes no problem but it is your duty to inform the car hire company through us.
• Car hire companies cannot be held responsible for flight delays. In the event of flight delays causing the car pick up time to fall outside normal office hours, clients will be liable to pay the out of hours charges locally.
 
• In the event of a delayed flight arriving so late that the car hire office is closed, the car may have to be collected the next day. Cars will not be delivered to the accommodation.

• During the summer months and other holiday times, throughout the year, many airlines fly into the same airport, at the same time.  It is therefore fairly likely that you will need to queue to collect your hire car, during these periods.

• Clients should note that in many areas of Southern Italy, there are no local car hire depots, and, often, the airport is the nearest. Should something go wrong with the car, a replacement will not be delivered and clients will have to return to the airport to collect another car. Thankfully, this rarely happens. However, it is unavoidable, and clients should weigh this up against the joy of being in a “non-touristy” area.

 

AIRPORT PARKING/HOTELS
We can pre-book these at very competitive rates. Please ask for details.

There will be a 1.8% surcharge for payments made by credit card and a 2.5% surcharge for payments made by Amex. No charge for debit cards or cheques.