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How to find the best deals on rental cars in Greece

Greece is a beautiful country with hundreds of picturesque islands and mainland destinations with a lot to offer tourists and travelers. Still not convinced? Check our 9 reasons for renting a car in Greece here. 🙂

One of the best ways to see everything Greece offers is by renting a car and driving around. However, car rentals can be expensive, especially if you’re not careful or if you missed planning ahead of time.

Here are our top tips on how to find cheap car rental deals in Greece:

1. Do your research ahead of time 

This is the most important tip of the whole list and missing to do this or rushing this step is usually the main reason that might inflate your car rental cost per day.

It’s often cheaper to book your car rental in advance, so try to do so as early as possible. If you want to visit Lefkas in July, it is worth booking a car already from April and saving several hundred euros just from booking your car early.

The closer it gets to your travel dates, the more expensive it will be for you.

2. Compare prices before committing

There are many different car rental companies. They all have different prices and packages. But if you do some research ahead of time, you can find the best deal possible.

Be sure to check all the fees before making your final decision.

We recommend checking the prices or getting quotes from at least 4 or 5 car rental companies before committing to any one of them. That way you can compare your bang for your buck.

Interested in getting a quote from multiple car rental companies easy? We recommend using a car rental finder tool like ours to help you save time and money.

Make sure you’re getting a good quality car from a reputable company by reading reviews and comparing offers.

3. Choose between a Large or a Small Local Car Rental Company.

The next step is to decide if you want to go with a national or international car rental company or a local one. There are benefits and drawbacks with both options, so you should choose the one that fits your traveling needs the most.

A. Large/ International Car Rental Companies

These car rental companies, such as Avis, Europcar, or Thrifty, usually have more locations, which can be helpful if you’re planning on doing a lot of driving or even picking up the car in one location and returning it somewhere else. Also, you have the added benefit of dealing with a big company with huge fleets, so availability might be a bit easier to get by.

However, the drawback is that you usually pay a bit extra for the brand, availability, reputation, and overhead that these companies have.

B. Small Local Car Rental Companies

The benefit of using a local company is that you have a better chance of getting a better price and more personalized service and support. A local car rental company might have only one location, so you have a better chance of getting better service levels and better packages.

4. You save money from getting a manual transmission car

In Greece, it is common for cars to have manual transmission boxes. If you are not used to driving a manual car, don’t worry! It’s not that difficult and you can quickly get the hang of it.

Besides, by renting a manual car, you will often save around 20% per day on your rental price. So it’s a win-win!

If you feel insecure about renting a manual car, obviously rent the car that you feel most comfortable with.

5. Extending your rental period can lower the price per day

Pro tip: Ask in advance if you will get a discount/day if you will rent for more days.

If you’re flexible with your rental period, you might be able to get a better deal by renting the car for more days. Sounds counter-intuitive but you can negotiate for a better price/day if you rent for longer than 2-3 days. It might be approximately the same total cost for you if you rent a car for 3 days or for 5 days depending on the deal you might hit.

Also worth remembering is that if you return the car earlier than expected, most companies will not refund you for the unused days. However, if you need the car for a longer time than expected, it’s usually best to contact the rental company as soon as possible since rates could go up the longer you keep the car.

6. Avoid peak times 

If you’re looking to save money on your car rental, it’s best to avoid peak times. That means avoiding summertime (July-August). Instead, try to rent your car in the off-season when prices are typically lower.

If you are still interested in visiting Greece during the high season of July and August then definitely book a car rental way in advance. The earlier the better 🙂

Also, avoid renting a car during weekends or holidays as that’s usually when rates are hiked up. So, if you’re flexible with your travel dates try to plan around those days.

7. Car delivery and return

Some car rental companies offer delivery and return service for your vehicle for an additional fee. This way, you don’t have to worry about getting to and from the rental location. If you want to save some money, it would be better if you skip this additional service, however, you will have to reach the rental location with some type of public transportation or taxi.

If you’re flying into an airport, it’s often more expensive to pick up and drop off your rental car at the airport. Instead, try to find a rental location that’s close to where you’ll be staying or close by public transportation.

8. Know what kind of car you need 

If you don’t need a lot of space, you can often save money by choosing a smaller car model.

When you’re renting a car, it’s important to know what kind of car you need. There’s no point in renting a large SUV if you’re only going to be driving around Athens or if you are just a group of two wanting to visit some of the most popular beaches of Skiathos.

Conversely, if you’re planning on driving across Greece, you’ll need something with more space and comfort. Also, if you are planning on visiting Greece with your family hiring a car that can fit your whole family better is always a good idea.

Knowing what kind of car you need will help you get the best deal possible and you will avoid getting overcharged for a bigger car than the one you need.

9. Check for discounts on car rentals from your hotel or airplane carrier

Sometimes the airline carriers or the hotels have special arrangements with some car rental companies. It is worth checking with them before you commit to any car rental lease.

To know if you are getting a good discount, you need to check in advance about the baseline prices for the car rentals in your location in Greece you are interested in. With that information in hand, you will be able to see if the car rental discount your hotel or airplane carrier is offering is any good.

Of course, it is also worth mentioning that getting a car from the airport might have some extra taxes so do check that as well before you book anything.

10. Don’t be afraid to negotiate

In Greece, it is perfectly acceptable to negotiate the price of almost anything including car rentals.

If you find a good deal but you want to try and get an even better one, don’t be afraid to haggle a bit with the rental company. It never hurts to ask if they can give you a better price or include some extras in the package like a GPS navigation system, child safety seats, or beach umbrellas/chairs if you’re planning on visiting some beaches during your stay.

Keep in mind that most rental companies are more than happy to give some discounts since their goal is to make sure you have a great experience while renting from them so that you come back and rent from them again the next time you visit Greece.

11. Save money on gas, insurance, and parking

In Greece, it is customary that when you return a rental car, you need to return it with a full tank of gas. The rental company will charge you for the fuel if you don’t do it and in most cases, their charges are significantly higher than the local petrol prices. So definitely fill up your tank before returning the car to avoid any extra charges.

Also, be sure to check if your insurance covers rental cars because in Greece (as well as in most countries), the car rental companies offer their insurance but it is often quite expensive. If your insurance does cover rentals, then decline the offer from the rental company to save some money.

Cheap car rental in Greece – Conclusion 

Renting a car in Greece doesn’t have to be expensive if you follow our guide!

Do your research ahead of time, avoid peak times, know what kind of car you need, and ask about discounts before making your reservation.

By following our advice, you’ll be sure to get the best deal possible on your next car rental in Greece!

And don’t forget, by using our car rental finder tool you can get up to 6 car rental quotes for your desired location.

Happy travels!

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