Hire - Tenerife
Car hire charges, along with
accommodation charges and many other holiday costs can vary, depending
on the time of year you're staying here. Whilst each company has their
fixed prices, quieter months will see various discounts being offered,
so ask first for any special prices that may be available, such as
"three days for the price of two"...........
From my own, personal experinces
around Spain in general, the cheapest and easiest service to book with
by far has to be www.email-car-hire.com Their
agent here is "Record Rentacar". I was worried with such low rates I'd
end up not getting the car I wanted but ALL of Record's cars are less
than a year old and my last booking, I actually got upgraded from a B
to a D group.
I've been told about a company in the
UK that seem to offer the next best prices, EXTREMELY competative at
the very least. They are called CarJet.com.
They offer free hotel delivery or you can collect your car at the
airport. From what I have seen and been told, this is cheaper than
booking a car once you're here.
I've had lots of feedback on this one
and almost all of it is good. I've used them half a dozen times and
friends of mine andother 4 or 5 times and the rates were unbeatable.
I've had 2 complaints though that they delivered the car late to the
hotels so chase them if
it's not spot on time, and another comment that a jeep was far from
mint condition. Hertz are pretty good though and vehicles usually 6
months or less old so "previous owners" must have messed it up pretty
bad. Take your chance though, 50 or 60 fantastic comments and 3 not so
good but not drastic.
"I contacted you a while ago re taxi
transfers in Tenerife, to which you kindly replied. In the end I
contacted "Car Jet.com" to hire a car from the airport. Their service
was superb - I booked on line, received a rental voucher by email, and
on arrival at Tenerife airport, a rep was there with the paperwork and
the keys to a virtually brand new Clio. Their service was superb. I
plan to do the same in October when I visit Gran Canaria. The price was
around £164 (including a 10% discount) for 2 weeks car hire.
Another company I've been told about
that offers a pretty good deal called Holiday Autos
Both Hertz and Avis have
an online reservation system where you can check their current rates,
availability and book a car online. Around the resort of Puerto Rico
& Maspalomas there are about twenty different car hire
companies to choose from and double that and more in Playa del Ingles.
Of course you'll need your driving
licence if you want to hire a car, along with your passport. Most
companies require the driver to be 21 years old or more with a clean
license and at least one years driving experience. If the police stop
you and you haven't got your passport you'll receive an on-the-spot
fine of €400! So don't forget to keep that with you wherever
you go in the car. All driving licences are valid here, European or not.
There's often a "hidden extra" charge
called SCWD or "Super Collision Waiver Damage" so make sure the
insurance you have covers absolutely everything. If the SCWD is
optional and you don't take it you're liable for the first
€400 or €500 of any damage or scratches incurred and
the main insurance kicks in after that's paid.
Driving is on the right hand side of
the road, with speed limits and warning signs very well marked wherever
you go. Buses and taxis always expect you to give way to them and it's
a good idea to do this if you like driving safely! Parking anywhere
around the resorts is easy to find and often free. If you want to park
in the very center of a resort you'll probably find blue lines/markings
which means "pay and display" so look for the ticket machine.
Driving around Puerto de la Cruz,
Santa Cruz, Las Americas and Los Cristianos isn't as scarey as it might
seem - lots of traffic but pretty slow for the most part. It's easy
getting around the busier places with everything well signposted. The
only difficulty will be trying to find free street parking, you'll
probably be better off heading straight for a paid parking building
when you're ready to get out and walk around.
The motorways on the east side of the
island will take you easily and quickly from the south of the island to
the north and accross most of the north coast to Icod. There's a good
ringroad system avoiding the two cities in the north if you don't want
to go in them.
The roads up into the mountains are
very good and easy to navigate and of course, a trip up into Teide
national park is a must .