One of the things that most people must have noticed by working with transport companies is that the pricing is usually not standard all year round. There are multiple factors that influence how much it will cost you to hire a vehicle.
There are two main factors that determine how much it will cost you to hire a vehicle: what time of the year it is and how early you book the minibus/coach that you are hiring.
As with most tourism-related business, the year is divided into clear ‘peak’ and ‘off-peak’ seasons. The peak season is when demand is highest for services, which is when the services will be priced much higher.
For vehicle hiring, the peak season usually revolves around major holidays such as Easter and the Christmas period. During such times, demand is significantly higher, which will result in higher prices. During the off-peak months, when demand is much lower, the prices significantly drop. You can get very attractive discounts if you time your car hire to coincide with the lower ‘off-peak’ seasons.
You will also get a discount, and much lower prices when you book well in advance for your car hire. As your travel date approaches, it would get more expensive to hire your preferred car. You might even be charged additional costs for ‘last minute’ bookings, especially if you need the vehicle less than 24 hours from the time of your booking.
Booking early ensures that the hiring company has adequate time to prepare the vehicle for you. Booking at the last minute puts a lot of pressure on them to ensure that your car is ready for pickup in less than 24 hours.
To save money, book well in advance for your trip.