Southampton is a city located in the county of Hampshire, on the south coast of England, 120 kilometers away from London. It is a major port and has with 234,600 residents living in it. Southampton is also called So’ton by the residents. Being a major port, Southampton is a place which is visited my millions of visitors every year as it’s an economic and trade hub. Some of the famous places in Southampton are Mottisfont Abbey, Furzey Garden, Tudor House & Garden, Paultons Park, Manor Farm Country Park, Riverside Park, Exbury Garden and Steam Railway, Hythe Ferry, Solent Sky Museum, Longdown Activity Farm, Museum of Army Flying, Hurst Castle, Borcken Hurst, Wickham Wineyard, Calshot Castle, and Red Funnel Ferries.
For moving around in Southampton, different car hire companies offer cars for hire, plus vans, buses, minibuses, and motorcycles as well. Travelling around Southampton couldn’t be easier when you hire a car. The charges for renting cars are quite nominal. All the popular European and British car hire companies have their branches in Southampton airport. Therefore you can visit their websites and book a car before you reach the city. Car rental companies have their desks in the arrival hall of the airport, and if you are flying to Southampton you can pick up the car on arrival at the airport. You can also ask the hotel staff to get you a car on rent. Car rental firms have their offices in the city where you can walk in and rent a car.
Like in most other cities you will need to have a valid driver’s license, proof of identification, like a passport and a credit card. If you rent a car online you will need to fill out a form and submit it and if you would rent it from the hotel or an office you would need to follow the same procedure.
Car hire companies offer a variety of vehicles for rent and most of them are British made cars. Japanese and European made cars are also rented out. You can rent a small two door car or a sedan, a luxury car, a SUV or a van. Car hire companies follow certain rules and regulations in renting out cars. Some cars hire companies require the driver to be 20 years old whereas others require the age to be 25. For drivers who are less than 25 years in age they will charge a surcharge. Most car hire firms offer free collision damage waiver and theft waiver. All the cars that are given out on rent are fully insured and road worthy. Some car hire companies offer one way hire option, which is to either collect the vehicle from the airport or drop it off at any other location. Usually cars are provided with a full fuel tank and the renter has to return the car with a full tank. Before hiring a car in Southampton be sure to know the British traffic laws and rules as they are quite strict and car hire companies will not be responsible for any traffic violation fines.