Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
Car rental is available in almost all cities, but this seemingly simple procedure often has many pitfalls. The lessee does not always read the agreement for the conclusion of the transaction, often the owners of the car fleets offer cars in disrepair, deceptions by unscrupulous service providers are not uncommon. The editors studied the most popular car rental services around the world and made their own rating, which included 11 sites – on them you can get acquainted with the detailed terms of service and reviews of those who rented vehicles in these companies.
- Rating of the best car rental sites around the world
Rating of the best car rental sites around the world
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The largest specialized car rental portal Autoeurope.com works with companies on all continents. It is enough to indicate the desired dates, city and place of picking up the car, the service will select suitable rental options, the user will have to choose the class of car, additional services and make a reservation directly on the website. Many companies offer additional services: protection against theft, provision of child seats and car seats, navigator, vehicle damage insurance, and others.
The Autoeurope.com website is easy to navigate, it provides all the information about the rental companies, detailed reviews, in case of impossibility to perform the service without problems, it returns money (except for cases stipulated in the rental conditions). If you have any questions, you can always contact the support service in any country, including Russia.
- Easy-to-navigate site;
- One of the lowest prices for car rental;
- Detailed description of services and reviews;
- Working all over the world;
- 24/7 support service in all languages.
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The universal travel portal kayak.ru, along with the search for hotels and airline tickets, offers a car rental service. It is available for most countries and cities where the service operates. Offers from rental companies are displayed in a list after specifying the pick-up point of the vehicle, they contain basic information about the car and the conditions for its provision, a choice of additional options is available already on the rental company's service page, where kayak.ru will send the client after choosing a suitable car.
The disadvantages of the service include the lack of responsibility for the activities of the companies represented, as well as the inability to get acquainted with the reviews within the resource, it is necessary to study each company on their own sites. However, we note that not every landlord can be included in the list of kayak.ru offers, the portal works only with trusted partners.
- A wide selection of vehicles from leading fleets around the world;
- Low prices and special offers;
- Convenient search filters.
- Lack of responsibility for the activities of the companies represented.
In third place in the ranking is the website cheaptickets.com, where you can order a car rental from super-economy class to executive cars. The first thing that can put a Russian-speaking user of the resource into a stupor is the impossibility of entering the address for receiving the service in Cyrillic, all fields of the questionnaires and even the search must be filled in Latin letters. Also inconvenient is the 'clumsy' site auto-translation from English. However, the inconvenience compensates for the convenience of the resource: the system automatically offers to fill in all the fields, after which it will offer suitable cars with a detailed description of the conditions for their provision, as well as the ability to connect additional options: providing a navigator, child seats, users are advised to purchase insurance against vehicle damage.
The advantage of the cheaptickets.com resource is the possibility of booking a car without prepayment, however, the service is not possible for all positions. Also, the tenant can cancel the reservation 48 hours in advance from the transaction for free.
- The service works all over the world;
- Cars of different classes, many economy offers;
- Intuitive site interface;
- The ability to use additional options: car seats, navigators, insurance.
- There is no Russian-language version of the site, translation complexity.
Skyscanner offers car rentals at most of the popular travel destinations around the world. The vehicles are represented by hundreds of different lessors, the credibility of which has been confirmed by a strong and positive reputation. To search for a car on the service, a set of filters is provided that will help you choose the level of comfort of the vehicle, the size of the cabin, the gearbox and additional options. The cards contain all the necessary information about the car.
The site skyscanner.ru is an aggregator, therefore, all agreements and payment for the reservation are made by the user on the resource of the rental company, where Skyscanner will redirect when choosing a car using the main filters. You can save the options you like in your personal account and then compare them for a more correct decision.
Of the shortcomings, we note the hidden commissions: the site does not show markups and additional fees of the rental companies, therefore the amount under the contract for the tenant may suddenly become 10-20% higher.
- Convenient website and clear navigation;
- Several hundred landlords around the world;
- There is all the necessary information about cars, their condition, reviews;
- Wide geography.
- Hidden fees.
Aggregator Hipmunk.com allows you to book a hotel, air ticket and rent a car anywhere in the world on favorable terms. The user of the resource needs to fill out a form with the address of receiving the car, the time and lease terms, the system will offer a lot of suitable options from trusted companies in the table with prices. After choosing the option you like, the service will redirect the user to the service provider's website, where a preliminary agreement is drawn up, and the reservation is paid. Accordingly, the Hipmunk.com website is not responsible for the good faith of the companies, however, experts did not find negative reviews with constructive criticism on this matter.
The disadvantages include the selective irrelevance of some data: not all the options offered by the system are up-to-date with information about prices and the possibility of providing a car, in this case, it becomes impossible to go to the order page.
- Convenient navigation and many search filters;
- Complete information about offers;
- Many inexpensive offers around the world.
- Some data are out of date.
Expedia's next-ranked car rental service has the same design and navigation as the previously reviewed cheaptickets.com. We note right away: this is not plagiarism, but systems that are part of the structure of one global travel company. The services are similar in the principle of work and the companies represented, Expedia is also convenient for finding a car among the offers of reputable rental companies around the world, the site has the same drawback – incorrect translation into Russian, and therefore it may be difficult to fill out an application.
- Large selection of cars around the world;
- The ability to save several options you like to 'favorites';
- Detailed description of services, no hidden fees.
- There is no Russian-language version of the site.
The specialized rental car rental service RentalCars operates all over the world. The site is extremely simple to navigate: just select a country, city, time frame, car class, the service will offer suitable options from the largest companies in a given region. True, you will have to pick up the car at specific centers, the addresses of which the system will offer when making an application, there is no car fitting to the place you need. For the selected car, the site provides complete technical information, all important information on the rental conditions is indicated. The RentalCars service is very popular all over the world, therefore we recommend making a car reservation in advance, you can cancel it 2 days in advance with a full refund of the amount without deducting commissions, it is also possible to make changes to the rental parameters without additional payments.
- Low prices and transparent rental conditions;
- A large selection of cars from the largest rental companies;
- No commission for changing the conditions of the reservation and its cancellation.
- Often the rent is scheduled for days in advance, you need to book in advance.
The RentCars portal is the brainchild of the global travel broker Booking, they both work according to the same principle: according to the parameters set by the users, they select the appropriate service, in a particular case – car rental anywhere in the world. Unlike the previously reviewed services, RentCars contains many interesting offers for registered and authorized site visitors. Thus, the personal mail of resource users constantly receives offers for discounts and last minute promotions from landlords, mainly from European countries.
The criteria for choosing a car are standard, it is allowed to drive at least 21 or 25 years old, depending on the terms of the contract for a specific vehicle of a certain class. RentCars does not include in the rental price, but recommends purchasing an additional guarantee that protects the renter from accidents and malfunctions, it simultaneously covers taxes and fees in a specific country or city. The option is definitely useful for novice drivers, experienced and confident may seem superfluous, because often self-service of the car is much cheaper, besides, the accident rate for many experienced riders is much lower. In case of cancellation of the guarantee, you will have to pay the mandatory fees separately. In this case, the possible risks are taken into account when blocking money on the client's account, and are returned in the event that an insured event does not occur only with complaints. Exchange of reservation and cancellation of it is possible within 48 hours before the appointed time, in which case the money is returned to the tenant without difficulty.
- Providing cars all over the world from the largest rental companies;
- Ability to cancel a booking without deducting a commission;
- Favorable offers for authorized site users;
- Payment on the website when making a reservation or picking up a car.
- Mandatory authorization on the portal is required;
- Difficulties in returning frozen funds for unused insured events.
Easyrentcars service provides an opportunity to choose a car from the largest rental companies around the world. Navigation of the site is simple, booking and payment are made without going to additional addresses within the resource, respectively, all questions that arise can be resolved with the administration by phone or chat. Filters are offered to select a vehicle, according to the selection result, a list of suitable options is provided with a full description of the technical characteristics and conditions for concluding an agreement.
The only disadvantage of the system is that all prices are indicated in euros, even on the Russian market. On the other hand, the site promises the lowest prices and makes up for the difference if the customer finds a similar offer for less money. However, the deposit, frozen on the client's account until the vehicle is returned, takes into account all insured events, some clients of the service note difficulties with defrosting – the period can reach several weeks. For renters with children, it may be difficult to find a car with special seats, not all offers have the function of including them in the package.
- Convenient navigation and unobtrusive website design;
- Low prices;
- Working with major contractors around the world.
- A large deposit that is not always easy to return;
- Client's problems are not always solved.
In 174 countries of the world, you can rent a car through the Onetwotrip service. The search system for a suitable car does not differ from others, its main difference is a compact application form and an extremely simple page design, which conveniently contains all the necessary information about the vehicle, the conditions for its provision and additional options. When making a reservation, 13% of the prepayment is charged, the rest must be paid upon receipt of the car for rent. A deposit must be made for the car, it is frozen when the contract is drawn up on a credit card, after the return, the block is removed in case of no insured events.
- Ease of site navigation;
- Prepayment when making a reservation is only 13%;
- Support in all social networks and messengers.
- Blocking funds on the card;
- It is necessary to print the booking voucher to collect the vehicle.
The ranking is completed by the website economybookings.com, where you can rent a car in one of 130 cities around the world where the service is available. The Russian-language interface makes the use of the system convenient. Prices for rental services are low, it is recommended to purchase a deductible worth up to 750 euros – it will cover all insured events without exception. At the service, you can take a car to all drivers from 19 years old, but in the age range up to 25 years old you will have to pay an additional insurance commission. You should be careful about additional services, for example, protection against cancellation of a reservation for 24 hours, which can be canceled (although you will have to pay 2.5% commission in case of cancellation). The Economybookings service itself provides cars on time and in good condition, but the main task of customers when working with the service is to carefully read the terms of the contract, especially those written in small print.
- Convenient Russian-language interface;
- Partial or full prepayment is possible;
- Work all over the world.
- There are many hidden conditions, it is necessary to carefully read the contract and conditions.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.