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3.Tyres Are tyres flat? Do they have bald patches? Are there cuts or bulges in side walls?
4.Brakes Drive car around car park and check brakes work properly.
5.Airbag Is airbag warning light flashing?
6.Lights Ask representative to stand outside car to confirm all lights work including reverse lights and indicators.
7.Bodywork Point out to car hire representative if there are any dents, scratches or other damage – to be sure you are not charged for it when you return car.
8.Seatbelts Tug sharply on all belts to check they lock properly.
9.Controls Familiarise yourself with controls and ask representative if you are unsure.
10.Windscreen wipers and washers Make sure all are in good working order.
Rebecca Pearson, Customer Services Manager at duck2water Car Insurance said:
‘Car hire companies should valet and carry out a maintenance check on all vehicles they hire out. Sadly some car hire companies don’t even bother emptying ashtrays before handing over keys to a new customer. Holidaymakers need to be cautious of all car hire companies; whether they are a local firm or multinational company.’
‘If you have any concerns about condition of a hire car, ask for another one. You’re customer, it’s you paying bill and you and your family that are at risk if anything goes wrong. Above all make sure you have adequate car insurance to cover you if you have an accident.’
Contact: Rebecca Pearson Customer Services Manager duck2water Car Insurance email@example.com www.duck2watercarinsurance.co.uk
duck2water Car Insurance was established in 2004. As an online only insurance provider we are able to offer premiums up to 60% cheaper than other companies. Plus all our policies include free legal expenses insurance worth up to £50.