Dual control car hire – all you need to know

Your questions about dual control hire, answered.

Learning to drive can be very costly, considering all the things that young drivers need to learn and the tests they need to sit. On average, a driving lesson costs £24 and the Driving Standards Agency advises that the number of lessons you need will depend on how quickly you learn. Often, the high cost is the main reason people have for postponing getting a driver’s licence.

We recognise the fact that being able to drive is an important part of being an adult, and that’s why we are giving learner drivers a chance to cut this cost by almost half – with our dual control cars starting at £12 per hour.

Q: Why should I hire a dual control?

A: Because it’s one of the cheapest ways to get more hours of practice under your belt. You should still have driving lessons with an instructor, however after obtaining a provisional licence, you can practice with your parents or an older sibling. With each hour of driving, you will become a more confident driver and thus you will increase the chance of passing your test at first attempt.

Q: What kind of dual control hire cars do you offer.

A: Our choice of dual control cars are all Vauxhall Corsa models and some of our models are new with only delivery mileage, meaning you will get to practice in a brand new car. The Corsa is a very practical car, as it is compact in size but with a spacious cabin. We consider this model one of the most appropriate for learning as the Corsa has firm handling and a light body, allowing the driver to ‘feel’ the car.

Q: How much is it to hire a dual control car?

A: Our prices are amongst the lowest in the industry and start at only £12 per hour. This includes VAT, insurance, mileage and fuel. You will need to hire the car for a minimum of one hour and for no longer than four at any one time. If you have a Young Scot card, you can take advantage of our two hours for the price of one offer (valid Monday to Friday).

Q: Is there a mileage charge? And what about the fuel I use?

A: The cost of the hire includes both fuel and mileage making it even more cost-effective for young drivers.

Q: Is insurance included in dual control hire?

A: Insurance is included in the per hour hire charge, however there is an excess charge if you damage the car. An excess waiver can be purchased in advance – just contact your local Car and Van Rental branch to arrange this.

Q: What documents do I need to bring?

A: First of all, you need to be over 17 with a clean provisional licence to be allowed to hire a dual control car. You need to be accompanied by a driver aged 23 or over, who has held a full UK or EU licence for a minimum of three years. Your chosen accompanying driver should bring a current utility bill or proof of address with them. Also, both of you should bring your DVLA check codes to allow us to check your licences for points or endorsements.

Q: Can I take my driving test using a dual control rental car?

A: Yes, it is possible to sit your test using our dual control cars. In order to qualify, you need to have hired the car for at least one hour on a previous day.

To book simply click here or visit our website to find a branch near you.

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