Renting a car in Spain can be an interesting and convenient way to explore the country. However, many travelers are surprised to learn that it is impossible to rent a car without a deposit. While this may be inconvenient, understanding why it is necessary can help potential tenants make the right decision.
Rental companies require a deposit as part of a risk management strategy. This helps them to cover possible losses in case of damage or late return of the car. The amount of the deposit depends on the type of car and the rental period.
Rental companies should take into account the risks when renting out vehicles. These include: returning the car late, lack of fuel when returning, loss of keys, damage to the interior, breakdown of gadgets, such as a navigator, fines for violating parking or driving rules.
By requiring a deposit from customers, rental companies can reduce these risks and ensure that they receive proper compensation if something goes wrong with the car during the rental period. If there are no risks, the deposit is fully refunded to the client.
Many tenants confuse the concepts of collateral and franchise. These are different things that are not mutually exclusive. The deposit is an advance payment made by the customer when placing an order and serves as a guarantee against any damage or late return of the car during the rental period; while the deductible is the amount that the customer must pay if he gets into an accident through his own fault. We wrote more about these concepts here.
A deposit must always be paid before renting a car.
Fortunately, for customers who want to reduce their deposit when renting a car in Spain, there is good news. When choosing a PREMIUM+ package, the amount of the deposit is reduced several times. Plus, you get full insurance with zero deductible.
Renting a car in Spain without collateral may seem like an attractive option, but unfortunately, this is not possible due to the risk management strategies used by rental companies. Fortunately, there are still ways to allow travelers to reduce the total amount of the deposit.
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