We often get asked questions about adding extras to hire cars – roof racks, ski racks, baby seats and so on.
The good news is that most large car hire companies offer these extras for hire with your car, usually for a small additional fee.
While it’s ok to use your own car seat or sat nav unit, car hire companies will take a pretty dim view of your installing your own external load racks (e.g. roof rack) to their cars. Hiring a compatible setup from your hire company is the answer if you need additional storage (or else hire a van, if you really have a lot to carry!).
If you make your car hire reservation online, you will usually be given a chance to specify the extras you need during the booking process. If not, you may need to contact the hire company direct to check whether the extras you need will be available.
To recap, here’s a list of commonly available car rental options:
- GPS satellite navigation
- Baby seat
- Toddler / child seat
- Ski rack
- Winter / snow tyres
Baby / toddler / child seats are usually available to suit different ages and you should be able to specify what’s required. However, availability differs widely around the world (especially outside western Europe & the USA) so ask your hire company before booking if unsure.
Anything that is clearly seasonal or related to outdoor activities is only likely to be available if it is relevant to the local area and the time of year – e.g. a ski rack in skiing season in a skiing area. Ask before you book if it is a deal-breaker for you.