Crunch 'sees car hire prices fall'

The cost of hiring a car overseas has fallen as fewer people look to drive on their trip abroad, research suggests.

Car hire prices have fallen for their first time since 2007, according to Kelkoo, as many people choose to "flop" on their break.

A survey by the price comparison website found one in 10 holidaymakers were looking forward to sitting back and relaxing, with just 6% looking to see the sights.

One in three said they would not be hiring a car during their next trip.

The poll of 1,000 adults found just one in five hired a car on their last break, while double that number used public transport and 19% opted for an organised tour.

However Chris Nixon, managing director of Kelkoo, said holidaymakers could make significant savings by hiring a car instead of using organised tours or taxis.

For a stress-free trip, drivers could ensure theircar breakdown cover provides assistance should they need it abroad.

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