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Dalaman International Airport is the usual entry point for those wanting to escape the grey skies of home and visit one of Turkey´s many idyllic holiday destinations, such as Marmaris and Fethiye on the Mediterranean coast. While the central areas have reasonably well developed public transport systems, connections between the villages are poor and the only way to really explore this region of Turkish Delight is to organise a Dalaman Airport Car Hire.  
 
 
There are just three Dalaman Airport Car Rental Companies – Avis, Budget and Europcar – located in the arrivals hall. All provide cars which are well maintained and generally less than 8 months old, but each has its own criteria. For starters, Avis will only rent to those aged 23 or over who have held a full, clean driving licence for at least 1 year. Included in the price of the rental is unlimited mileage, vehicle licence fee, any city or airport surcharge, vehicle damage cover and theft cover (excess applies to both).
 
 
Items not covered are fuel, additional drivers and optional extras such as child seats, snow chains and satellite navigation systems, all of which can be added for a small additional. The benefit of using Avis is they have an out of hours returns policy and 24/7 breakdown assistance. 
 
 
Budget Rent a Car offer a wide range of vehicles from the economy size Ford Focus through to people carriers and include local tax, collision damage waiver, theft protection, the vehicle registration fee and unlimited mileage all into the price they quote you. Again you will need to pay for optional extras and for any additional driver, but as Budget was named UK Car Rental Company of the Year 2008 by the Institute of Transport Management, you know you are in good hands.
 
 
Last but not least, Europcar. To arrange car hire at Dalaman Airport with Europcar you only need to be 21 years old, although a young driver´s surcharge may be applied and on some of the sportier numbers, the age limit is higher. The quoted price includes unlimited mileage, theft and collision damage weaver (with excess), airport surcharge and VAT. It is possible to reduce the amount of this insurance excess for an extra charge of 11.8 Euros per day however. Europcar provide 24 hour roadside assistance and if you give them your flight details when booking, they will wait for you should your flight be delayed. 
 
 
When collecting your Dalaman Airport Car Rental remember you will need a valid credit card (debit cards are genuinely not accepted to authorise the contract) and an additional form of ID such as your passport. Check which fuel the vehicle takes before you leave and ensure the tank is properly full if that is what is stated in the agreement.   
 
 

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Michelle Elkins is a regular contributor to the Dalaman Airport Guide which provides great deals on Dalaman Airport Car Hire and detailed information on facilities and services including Dalaman Airport Transfers.