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We've just received some exciting news from our Brit Guide Partner Alamo Rent A Car. When booking online, they have now introduced Pre Pay, so that you no longer have to pay on arrival, but still get a great deal. However, this only applies to bookings made online.


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Car rental

Driving in Florida (Virgin Holidays Ltd)

Ultimately, having a car is the key to being in charge of your holiday and, on a weekly basis, car hire tends to work out quite reasonable. Here’s some hints and tips on what you need to think about when hiring. For a full guide plus everything you need to know about getting around, you’ll need to buy your copy of a Brit Guide to Orlando.

  • Choosing your car: What size will suit you? Economy, Compact, Midsize, Fullsize, Premium, Luxury, Convertible and Minivan.
  • What’s in the trunk?: The boot (trunk) size of American cars tends to be slightly smaller than the British equivalent.
  • Rental rates: These can be as low as $100 for the smallest car but beware of the low starting rates – there are essential insurances, taxes and surcharges that are on top. Offers of ‘free car hire’ also only refer to the basic rental.
  • Book in advance: All the big rental companies now offer all-inclusive rates, which can work out significantly cheaper if booked in advance in the UK, and you also benefit from easier processing at the Orlando end.
  • Your first stop should be to our partners Alamo: Your first call for car hire should be to Brit Guide partners Alamo
  • Insurance: Having a credit card is essential. There are two main kinds of insurance, the most important being the Loss or Collision Damage Waiver (LDW or CDW). You will also be offered Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) or Extended Protection, which is not essential but does cover you against being sued by any litigious American you may bump into. Relatively new and again optional is the Underinsured Motorists Protection (in case somebody with only minimal cover runs into you). Drivers must be at least 21, and those under 25 have to pay an extra $25 a day.
  • Other costs: These include local and Florida state taxes, and an Airport User Fee. Many companies also try to get you to take out Roadside Plus, which covers any breakdowns or locking your keys in the car.
  • Fuel: Cheaper than in the UK, you can pre-pay for a full tank (so you bring it back empty; the charge is usually slightly under the local rate/gallon for this); fill it up yourself so you have a full tank on return; or pay a fuel surcharge at the end for the company to re-fill the tank (the most expensive option).



Contact our Brit Guide partner, Alamo, for the best deals on car rental.

Enjoying your holiday