Only one of the car hire companies mentioned an out of hours charge in its online terms and conditions. However, no customer service representative at this company mentioned the out-of-hours fee in any of the calls to the firm.
We also found that there was a large difference in the fees charged for out of hours service. From the companies we spoke to, these ranged between £25 and £60 – not something you need when you’ve already saved up for your holiday. So all in all, you may very well feel in the dark.