Car-hire in Denmark
The country of Denmark has a combination of buzzing city life alongside beautiful Danish countryside. Clean beaches and green forests appear to be only a half hour drive away from wherever in the country you may be.
Arriving at the country`s main airport in Copenhagen, all the main car hire companies will be offering their services. It is a dilemma to decide which company to choose. Distances in Denmark are short resulting in car hire being economical on petrol.
Many of the car hire companies will offer special weekend rates or long term deals which means that a rental for a week may cost the same as for 4 or 5 days. It is often cheaper to arrange for a hire car in advance than it is to arrange a vehicle at the airport when you arrive. Many hire companies respect customer loyalty and will provide a free upgrade if the company has been used in the past.
The main advantage of hiring a car rather than using public transport or taxis is the freedom to travel anywhere at anytime. Before making a reservation, be sure to compare prices via internet search engines. The most competitive companies will go out of their way to stand out. If however one company is advertising a much lower rate than others, investigate what is included within the cost. There may be hidden charges such as credit charge fees, additional break down assistance, airport fees, tax or limited mileage.
When collecting the keys, inspect the vehicle for any abnormalities. Look in particular for dents, scratches or used tyres. Any defects should be added to the contract with the hire company. This will prevent additional costs for such defects when the car is returned. Most contracts with hire companies are straightforward but always check them before signing.
When booking a vehicle online with a hire company, always check the terms in respect of amendment or cancellation details. Some companies will not charge for amendments or cancellations. Always check the insurance details when hiring a vehicle. Some companies may charge an insurance excess.
Car hire companies will always try to accommodate peoples` needs. This may be that a baby seat is required. As the roads are unfamiliar, it may be a requirement that a GPS tracking device is in the car. All requests should be expressed to the hire companies.
Many car hire companies will have several depots throughout Denmark, so a car may be picked up at one point and dropped off at another. Some hire companies even offer a “free pick up” service. Be aware that being more than 1 hour late collecting a vehicle is deemed as a “no show”. In such instance, the vehicle may be hired to someone else.
The driving laws in Denmark do vary slightly from those in the United Kingdom. In this country, indicating whilst turning and merging lanes is etiquette. In Denmark, it is law. A warning triangle must be present in the boot of every car in case of an emergency stop. There are many cyclists in Denmark and, unlike in this country, cyclists have right of way over motorists. For foreign drivers hiring a car in Denmark, the minimum age is 23, 26 or 28 depending on the car group. The blood alcohol limit is 0. Seat belts are compulsory for all front and back occupants.
When visiting Denmark, there are many things to consider when hiring and driving a car. It is possible to obtain cheap car hire Copenhagen as this is the capital and the home of Denmark`s main airport. Do not always choose the cheapest quote. Ensure that all specific requirements are met and remember to read the small print.