When is the best time to book a hire car?

Whether you’re heading out on the roads for a UK staycation, travelling far for work, or visiting friends and family, hiring a car is a perfect way to start your journey in style. 

But when is the best time to book a car hire?

Should you do it when you book your trip, the day before you arrive or when you get there?

This depends on a range of factors like the type of car you need, how far you’re going, and the time of year. Planning and budgeting ahead of your trip is crucial, considering expenses like travel insurance and car rental coverage. This way, you’ll have a better chance of making the most of your time away.

Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of the best time to book a car rental below…

Booking a Car Hire in Advance


Booking your car hire in advance is the best option when it comes to pre-organised trips with large groups, families or elderly folk. 

Booking in advance means that you’ll be worry-free when you’re planning the rest of your trip. If you’re looking to book a car during peak seasons, prices are also more likely to be higher so it’s best to secure your car rental between 4-6 months in advance, especially if you’re travelling with a large group and require a specific make and model.

Special events such as weddings, or occasions with a set schedule, are excellent opportunities for car rental and booking in advance. Opting for a monthly car rental ensures you have full control over your vehicle’s schedule and location on important days like these.


If you book too far in advance, there’s a chance of car hire prices being higher due to less competition affecting the rates.

Typically, booking your car hire too far in advance can mean that you’re bound to your reservation and can’t alter your plans if something comes up. Luckily for the adventurous among you, PSD vehicles are supplied on a 28-day contract, meaning there’s no long-term commitment or binding contract you need to stick to in your car rental conditions.

Booking a Last-Minute Deal


If you’re a spontaneous traveller with flexible plans, booking a last-minute deal with a car hire company might be the way forward to get the most bang for your buck!

Booking last minute is often cheaper for solo travellers and small groups without specific needs and who aren’t fussy about what car they get for their monthly car rental.

Also, if you need to hire a car during a quieter period, it may be worth booking closer to the real date instead as prices will fluctuate more frequently and you can keep your eye out for a cheaper deal.


The main con of last-minute bookings is the availability. You don’t want to leave it too late to book your car hire and end up disappointed because they don’t have anything suitable ready for you to drive away!

It’s also harder to budget for your trip in advance if you don’t know the amount you’re paying for your rental car hire.

Just be wary that prices may surge in the final 48 hours so keep an eye on any fluctuations and availability so you’re not left stuck!

Check out our car hire locations and hire a vehicle from PSD Vehicle Rental today

There are so many ways that monthly car rental can benefit you during your short- or long-term car hire. Explore our extensive selection of vehicles for monthly car rentals; we’re certain we can assist you in finding the best car for your journey.

Call us at 0345 222 1022 to chat with a friendly team member about your car hire needs and the best time to book your hire car.