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Hiring a car

One thing popular amongst visitors to Lanzarote is to hire a car for the day to see more of the island than just the resort that they are staying it.  Of course, once you are in your hotel room or appartment there is not much chance to compare prices other than the local offers.

That maybe OK for a day trip, but what about if you want to hire a car for the whole duration of your stay?

General advice (in Germany, at least) would be to book a car with a major hire company before you go, thus getting a better price and possibly even a discount if you happen to belong to an automobile club that has an arrangement with the car hire company, than you may get by just turning up at the airport and trying to hire a car there.

However, experience has shown that this advice may not always be correct.  In the days of the World Wide Web, is it possible to hire a car with a Lanzarote-based agency and get a better deal than you might do at home?

To find out, I tried to book a hire car from Arrecife Airport – a small class “B” one with air conditioning – for the last week in August, and was offered the following prices:

ADAC (German equivalent to the AA) offered me a 5-door Seat Ibiza for 185EUR including insurance, tax and unlimited mileage.

Sixt did not have Lanzarote or Arrecife in their list of hire-points for Spain.

Hertz offered me 5-door Opel Astra for 321EUR, or 260EUR if I paid immediately.

Expedia had a 4-door VW Polo (via EuropCar) for 209EUR in their system.

Then I turned to a local site – the German sounding AutoReisen.es who are specialised in car rental on the Canary Islands have a website in 4 languages.  Their offer, including tax, insurance, unlimited mileage, a child seat, an additional driver and no cancellation charge for a 5-door Fiat Punto was 132EUR!

So yes, it is possible to get a good deal by booking directly with island-based companies.  As with everything, you should compare with offers from companies in your own country, but I was unable to find a better deal for the dates and car type that I was looking for.

Just one question remains: what do you do with the unlimited mileage on an island this size?

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