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Car & Scooter Hire

A car can add a lot to your holiday; in both senses of the word. Our clients divide into those who avoid car-hire and those who delight in driving on surprisingly good roads with surprisingly little (if not well-driven) traffic. Nowadays you can even buy decent maps showing actual roads instead of those which local councils think tourists would like to find - and you need not even buy them if you take up our free Greek maps offer!

Our table typical hire prices in Greece gives an indication of prices on unlimited mileage for a selection of car types for one or two weeks. We normally recommend that couples should avoid Group A cars which usually have only enough space for two dwarves and a picnic. There is a growing trend for the insurance not to include cover for items such as damage to underside and tyres, or even fire and theft, unless you pay extra on the spot. You can refuse these offers and many do, but for the wary we can offer an alternative: an annual insurance policy for £49 from Insurance4CarHire which covers anything not otherwise covered on any car hire you arrange, almost anywhere in the world, in any period of one year.  Also – new this year from the same insurers – is a year-round policy which enables anyone between 75 and 85 to ignore the age barrier so many hire firms erect and to drive like real people.

Car hire is almost essential on Crete, Samos, Chios and the mainland (except Athens where it’s courting disaster) and can be an asset on Naxos, Paros, Rhodes and Santorini.

Scooters, available on almost every island, however small, cost from about £5 a day and must be rented locally: be sure to check tyres, brakes, lights and horn and always demand and wear a helmet. Go slowly and watch for loose gravel and uneven road edges. And other road users.

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Car drivers must be especially careful of cow drovers


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Nice sandwiches. Wonder where the dwarves are?

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Hidden Greece Group Z 'Spasmeno' car: special rates apply.

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A refurbished car crash can cost more to hire than a new one. DON'T.

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DON'T is again our advice

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