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Everybody’s doing it! It’s not only budget airlines that push up the price with add-ons.

Have you ever been looking at deals for a week’s car hire to share with friends and been thrilled to see that it comes out considerably cheaper than taking the bus? Well, that could well be just the initial price, with add-ons virtually doubling it. But with no extra baggage charges and speedy boarding, what can the car companies add on? The answer is – quite a lot!

Firstly, if you don’t feel like doing all the driving, charging extra for a second driver is standard with most companies. So check Alamo (0871 384 1086, www.alamo.co.uk) which already includes an additional driver in its rates. Secondly, if you’re one of the many who won’t venture out without their satnav, why not take your own? They’ll cost between £6 and £13 a day to hire depending on the company so it’s a way of saving, reports the Daily Mail.

But it’s that essential matter of insurance which you need to check carefully. Some companies add on a hefty amount to avoid the risk of being hit with a bill of over £1,000 if the car is stolen or damaged.

You might like to look at a 'total damage excess waiver' with Holiday Autos (0871 472 5229, www.holidayautos.co.uk) which you can add to a booking for under £5.00 a day, depending on the country, or Economy Car Hire (0845 450 0877, www.economycarhire.com) which has competitive rental rates that include no insurance excess. There are also excess-waiver policies offered by specialist insurers. Visit www.moneymaxim.co.uk which offers a price-comparison service. The cheapest cover comes out at under £2 a day.

So be sure to look into those headline catching prices and compare the total cost of bookings rather than just going with the firm at the top of a price comparison site. And don't forget to check out the insurance deal.

Happy driving!

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