When renting cars in London, drivers from the United Kingdom and Ireland should make sure they have both their photo cards and the papers issued with their driver's licenses. Drivers not from the European Union should present their International Driving Permits and their passports to rent vehicles.
Some London car rental companies also have age restrictions to rent vehicles. Most rental companies require that the renter be at least 25 years old, though some rental companies rent to people at least 21 years old if they have three years or more driving experience. Also, car rental companies may not rent luxury vehicles to drivers under 30.
When renting a car, the rental agency includes the price of the collision damage waiver and theft waiver. Agencies also offer optional excess insurance, which covers the deductible charge if someone damages the car. Drivers can purchase additional insurance from a third-party insurer before renting the car. The car rental agency should also offer optional personal accident insurance and cancellation waiver insurance, which allows drivers to avoid cancellation charges if they return their vehicles early.
Before leaving the car rental agency, a driver should check his car for any visible damage and make sure that an agency representative notes any damage in writing. A driver should also return his vehicles with the same amount of fuel in the tank or expect to pay a premium for the car rental agency to fill up the vehicle.