Terms and Conditions 2018 : First Car Rentals

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First Car Terms and Conditions 2018 :

Client Criteria:

Any client wishing to hire our vehicles must be over 23 years of age and have held a full drivers license for at least 1 year. A valid DRIVERS LICENSE, CREDIT CARD (NOT DEBIT CARD) and PASSPORT will be required for presentation to our representative before renting the vehicles in order to validate the rental terms of all our vehicles.

General Terms:

Roof Racks are not available.

Cars are reserved by groups, the model quoted is an example of the car size and we reserve the right to substitute an alternative model in the same group where necessary.

The vehicles are parked at the airport and are collected from car park 4 and returned at car rental returns at car park 1. If a vehicle is returned to another car park the client will be charged accordingly to the time parked.

If a client is dissatisfied in any way with the condition of the vehicle, this must be reported straight away to the Firstcar representative. If needed the car can be changed at the begining of the rental.

The contract rental period will be a maximum of 28 days duration, if a longer period is required a new contract must be issued to validate insurance criteria on the rental car.

Any price offer on this website will not form a contract or part thereof untill confirmed by FirstCar.

What is Included:

Our rates include unlimited mileage, required car hire insurances and Super CDW insurance.

This information is for general guidance only since many items may depend on the specific vehicle type you wish to hire in Portugal.

Our car hire rates at are fully inclusive of local sales and airport taxes.

Additional Drivers: You may add 1 additional driver to your car hire on arrival in Portugal at no extra cost.

Super CDW (Insurance Excess):

The price quoted on this site includes the option of super CDW insurance to avoid an excess in the event of an accident. For transparency the cost for your information is as follows:

The insurance excess buy-out is not a "licence to kill" and you will still be responsible for items like tyre, wheel, glass, lost coded keys or damage to the underside of the car hire vehicle. The car hire company may still require you to leave a credit card imprint to cover extensions to your car hire contract or traffic fines. - see below.

Car Group: Ins. Excess Cost/day
H €900 €3.00
L €900 €3.00
I €2000 €6.00
J €1500 €4.50
D €1500 €4.50
K €2000 €6.00
M €1500 €4.50
F €1500 €7.50

What is Not Included:

Fuel is not included!

The fuel that you consume during your car hire is obviously not included in our our published car hire rates! On arrival at the car hire station, you will collect the car hire vehicle with an agreed amount of fuel by both parties. At the end of the car hire, return the car hire vehicle with the same ammount of fuel or a charge to the difference will be charged.

Lost car hire vehicle keys:

Vehicle keys are chip-coded and are costly and timely items to replace. If you lose the car hire vehicle's key, you will be obliged to pay for its replacement (approximately EUR 200.00) plus any associated transport costs in connecting you with a new vehicle key. More importantly, your holiday car hire in Portugal may be seriously affected while you wait for a new key to be prepared for your car hire vehicle. Please take good care of the car hire vehicle key while you're on holiday in Portugal!

Using the wrong fuel type for your car hire vehicle:

Putting gasoline into a diesel car (or vice versa) requires the engine to be stripped down and cleaned. If you put the wrong fuel into the car, expect a hefty garage bill and several days with your car "off-the-road" while the car is repaired.

Blow-outs are at your own risk:

If you have a puncture during the rental the car hire company will hold you responsible for the repair/replacement cost. All our cars are delivered with a road-worthy set of tyres which are inspected prior to each delivery. Typically, bad parking or driving off-road are the most common causes of punctures during a rental period.

Off-road or negligent use:

Our car hire vehicles in Portugal are rented for use on the public highways of Portugal. They cannot be used off-road. Although a very rare ocurrance, we'd like you to be aware that damage to the underside of the car hire vehicle is frequently caused by negligent driving or off-road which is your responsibility. Drunk driving a hire car or driving under the influence of drugs is considered negligent use.

Traffic fines:

Traffic fines, road tolls and speeding tickets incurred at the wheel of your car are at your own risk.

Vehicle glass & locks:

It is a sad reality that in most holiday resorts in Portugal, auto-theft is a day-to-day ocurrance. If you park up the car hire vehicle with personal items inside and, as a consequence, the glass or locks are damaged in an attempt to steal your personal effects, you will be responsible for the associated repair costs to the car hire vehicle. We strongly recommend that you park the vehicle in supervised car parks/garages and never leave any personal item inside the car hire vehicle.

Damage to the vehicle's underside:

Damage to the vehicle's underside is the responsibility of the renter. Although a very rare ocurrance, damage caused by driving off-road, impacts from rocks or other items to the underside can cause considerable damage to the vehicle. If this situation arises, you will be responsible for the repair costs.

The following items can be added to your car hire reservation in Portugal : 

Baby Seats:
Baby seats are suitable for new-born babies until approximately 6 months of age. Baby seats are normally available on car hire vehicles on request. There is a charge of for these seats (see below) which is payable on arrival in Portugal. You must reserve baby seats at the same time as you reserve your car hire.
Toddler Seats:
Child seats are suitable for young children from approximately 6 months of age until 2-3 years of age. Child seats are supplied for car hire vehicles on request. There is a charge for these seats (see below) which is payable on arrival in Portugal. You must reserve child seats at the same time as you reserve your car hire.
Booster Seats:
Booster seats are suitable for young children. Booster seats are supplied for car hire vehicles on request. There is a charge of for these seats (see below) which is payable on arrival at in Portugal. You must reserve booster seats at the same time as you reserve your car hire.

Baby Seat Rear facing baby seat for young babies travelling in a vehicle in Portugal Legal requirement for babies travelling in vehicles in Portugal €3.00 per day
Toddler Seat Forward facing baby seat for toddlers This is a legal requirement for toddlers travelling in vehicles in Portugal €3.00 per day
Booster Seat A seat to raise children to a height to enable seat belts to be worn safely. This is a legal requirement for children under the age of 12 years or less than 1.5metres in height. €1.50 per day
Aditional Driver Insurance To add an extra driver to the hirers insurance cover Driver must be over 23yrs of age with full driving license €FREE
Delivery out of the Airport For Clients who require delivery of the vehicle to a Hotel/House/Appartment. This service is only available in Low Season Rates €P.O.A.
Sat Nav Device Satellite navigation system for Portugal Minimum rental period for this device is 7 days €3.00 per day


Cross Border Charges:

You can take your car hire vehicle to tour outside of Portugal a distance of 200km only beyond the Portuguese border. 
You must however return to the car hire company in Portugal at the end of the car hire period. You may not rent vehicles one-way from Portugal, leaving them in another country.

Driving into Spain:
Please consult our local representative if you require to to travel across the borders into Spain with regard to insurance required, accidents and vehicle recovery arrangements.

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A small booking deposit will be required at the time of booking and the payment balance is required on your arrival and collection of the vehicle in cash euros, or alternatively payment is accepted by credit cards only.

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