Casa Alimas

Luxury villa with pool for rental in Praia da Luz in the Algarve Portugal

Car Hire from AutoRent

Auto Rent is a low cost car hire company in the Algarve, with cars available from Faro Airport.  I have used them for many years and find they offer a fast and efficient service at the airport at low cost and with the following benefits:

  • Unlimited mileage
  • Book online then pay on arrival at Faro Airport - no need to pay a deposit upfront
  • All taxes included
  • Additional driver at just 20 Euros
  • Collision Damage Waiver included with excess (or you can pay to waive the excess)
  • Pay when you arrive in Euros using either cash or your credit card
  • All English-speaking reps
(Subject to the Terms and Conditions of Autorent).

Clicking on the link below will display a simple form enabling you to see prices.  You don't need to put in your flight details initially.

Click Here to view new AutoRent website

If you want to check out the full price, including any extras you choose (such as Child seats and Additional Drivers), tick the appropriate boxes, then click the 'book now' button next to your chosen car - this will display the full price without you having to complete your details.

If you want to make a booking, you register your details (so you can subsequently access your booking online) and complete the details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I haven't paid a deposit, how can I be sure a car will be available for me when I arrive in Faro?
A:  We have used Autorent for over ten years and have never had any difficulties - they have a very large fleet of cars and have never let us down.  A car of the spec required - or better - has always been waiting for us.

Q: When I arrive at Faro, how do I find the AutoRent representative?
A:  Go to Car Park 4. When you arrive in the Arrivals Hall, ignore the signs for the major car hire companies, who have desks to the right of arrivals.  Instead, follow signs for Car Park 4 (it is a about 50 metres from the Departures end of the building). You will see a cabin on the Car Park with all "Pre-booked Rent a Car" companies. Look for the Auto Rent minibus. If it is not there, it will likely arrive within a few minutes.

Q: Do I need to use a mini-bus transfer to the Auto Rent office?
A:  Until 2014, all the budget rental companies stored their cars in Car Park 4, which made them very accessible.  Then the Airport decided to increase parking charges for the rental companies to such an extent that it is now uneconomical for them, if they maintain their low prices.  Each of the companies represented on Car Park 4 has found their own solution - Auto Rent has set up an office a very short distance from the Airport, with a mini bus transfer.  While this is a nuisance, they are very good at monitoring flight arrivals and so are usually very prompt - we have only had to wait 2-3 minutes for a mini bus.

Q: Why do I need to give my Drivers Licence and Passport Details on the online form?
A: You don't have to, but if you do this will be pre-printed on the Rental Agreement at the office and so save time.

Q: What is Super CDW?
A: CDW - Collision Damage Waiver - is included as standard.  This means that if your rental vehicle gets damaged you'll only have to pay a certain amount (the excess) of the repair costs and anything above that is covered by insurance. The CDW Excess is 1200 Euros for most small cars.  You can, pay for Super CDW, which means you would not have to pay anything towards a repair (although this doesn't cover damage to tyres, locks and windows.

Q: If I have a problem, is it easy to contact AutoRent?
A: Once you have booked, you will be given a Freephone Number (for use in Portugal), together with a 24 hour mobile number and a number for staff at the Airport. If you require assistance with the booking or more information, contact me direct and I will try to help, although please note that the hire agreement is between you and AutoRent.

Q: Is Fuel included?
A: You are asked to return the car with the same amount of fuel as when you collected it - the level is shown on the Rental Agreement.  This can be a pain, but there is a Petrol Station at the entrance/exit to the Airport so it shouldn't be a problem.