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Choosing car hire for your Paphos villa holiday

When you are booking car hire for your rental villa holiday in Cyprus this summer, make sure you are not paying too much for additional crash (CDW) and other accidental damage insurance.

The Sunday Times recently highlighted the rapidly risings cost of excess waiver insurance in Europe, and noted how with some international major hire car companies, this can actually more than double your initial hire costs. A representative of the British Vehicle Leasing and Rental Association was even quoted as saying that they considered “£47 a day, fully comp, for a car worth £14,000 is reasonable"!

So, if you want to avoid that cheap car insurance deal suddenly becoming twice as expensive when you reach the hire desk at Paphos airport, here's three easy ways to know the exact costs before you fly away on your Paphos villa holiday.    

1. Book in advance from a car hire company that offers zero excess insurance, such as Cyprus Car. This means that in the event of an accident, you are fully covered and will not be asked to pay for any damage. Make sure, however, that you read the fine print, as with all hire car insurance policies, if you are found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, your insurance will be invalid. There may be other clauses, such as not driving on non-tarmaced roads

2. Make sure your rental car quote includes all the extras you might require on a family villa holiday, such as children’s car seats, second driver cover, a tank of petrol and local taxes. The final price shown on the quote should be the final price you pay. If you can pay on the Internet in advance using a credit card in your own currency, this has two major benefits; you get standard purchases protection for your hire, and by paying in your own currency, you save on currency exchange charges too. So, you'll have more money to spend on your villa holiday treats and stocking the villa fridge!

3. Buy an annual car hire insurance policy. At around GB£50, (US$75) these policies are terrific value for money, as they usually cover every car you may hire during the year, not just on your summer villa holiday. Remember to take this policy with you when you fly, however, so you can show the car hire company you have this insurance already.

Car hire on a villa holiday can save money in other ways too, as you can go where you want when you want, without relying on local taxis or buses. (Just don't drink and drive.) Here’s just a few ways to save in one of the best Cyprus locations for villa holidays, Paphos, but these tips would equally apply for any Mediterranean villa holiday location.

You can stock your holiday villa fridge with food from the larger Paphos supermarkets on the edge of town, which are quite a lot cheaper than smaller local markets for both local and international brands. You can also buy your bottled water in bulk, along with frozen foods if your fridge has a small freezer compartment.

Equally, you can visit local markets in towns such as Polis for field fresh vegetables; do your bit for the Cyprus environment too and take your own bags. Discarded plastic bags are a serious problem in the Mediterranean areaArticle Submission, as the rare sea turtles that nest in the sands at Lara Bay near Paphos think they are jelly fish and try to eat them.

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Sarah Petkin is a writer and campaigner for the conservation of Mediterranean sea turtles through protection of their beach nesting sites near Paphos, Cyprus.

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