Traveling with Your Best Furry Friend: How to Choose the Perfect Dog-Friendly Rental Car

Traveling with Your Best Furry Friend: How to Choose the Perfect Dog-Friendly Rental Car

If you’re a dog owner, you know that your furry friend is more than just a pet - they’re a member of your family. And just like any other family member, you want to include them in your travel plans. Hiyacar now offers dog-friendly rental cars that allow you to bring your furry friend along for the ride.

In this blog, we’ll explore the key factors you should consider when choosing the perfect dog-friendly rental car. From size and safety to amenities and cleanliness, we’ll show you how to select a rental car that’s both comfortable and convenient for you and your furry companion.

Size and Space

When choosing a dog-friendly rental car, the first factor to consider is size and space. You want to make sure that your dog has enough room to move around and stay comfortable throughout the journey.

For smaller dogs, a compact car or SUV may be sufficient. However, if you have a larger dog, you may need to opt for a van or a larger SUV that can accommodate their size. It’s important to check the dimensions of the vehicle and compare them to the size of your dog to ensure that there’s enough room for them to move around comfortably.

Hiyacar offers a range of pet friendly cars for you to choose from SEAT Ibizas, Citroen C3s, Peugeot 208s to Ford transit vans and more to ensure you have the right car to suit your needs.

Safety and Features

Safety is another crucial factor to consider when choosing a dog-friendly rental car. You want to make sure that both you and your furry friend are safe and secure throughout the journey.

Look for rental cars that come equipped with advanced safety features such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability control. These features can help prevent accidents and protect you and your dog in the event of a collision.

In addition, you should consider the accessibility and ease of use of the safety features. You may need to get a doggy seat belt, or for smaller dogs a little dog bed seat that keeps them safe.


When traveling with your dog, it’s important to have amenities that cater to their needs as well as your own. With their fur coat dogs can get super warm when traveling in cars so you may want to opt for one with climate control to keep them cool! Make sure you have room to pack entertainment for your dog. Long car rides can be stressful for pets, so it’s important to have toys and other distractions to keep them occupied. You could even look for rental cars that offer amenities such as DVD players or audio systems that can play soothing music or audiobooks for your dog.


Cleanliness is an important factor to consider when choosing a dog-friendly rental car. You want to make sure that the rental car is clean and well-maintained before you and your dog get in.

It’s important to take steps to keep the rental car clean during your journey. Bring along a blanket or seat cover to protect the seats from pet hair and scratches. Keep a travel-size vacuum and cleaning supplies on hand to clean up any messes or spills that occur during the journey.


In conclusion, traveling with your furry friend can be a wonderful and rewarding experience. With the right dog-friendly rental car, you can ensure that both you and your pet are comfortable, safe, and happy throughout the journey. By considering factors such as size and space, safety features, amenities, and cleanliness, you can have the best experience with your pet.

Find your perfect car for your travels.

Booking with Hiyacar couldn’t be easier or quicker!

  • You’ll just need to sign up (it’s free) and complete a profile with some information to get verified (have your driver’s licence handy).
  • Once verified, head to the Hire a car page on desktop or perform a search on our App, enter the location in London you’d like to rent the car from, select the ‘type’ filter and filter the search.
  • Make a booking request once you’ve found the vehicle which suits your needs, select it, review the associated costs, and proceed to checkout to make your payment! If the vehicle listing does not have Instant Book enabled then you’ll have to wait to hear from the vehicle’s owner who’ll give you confirmation. If you’ve booked an Instant Book vehicle, you’ll receive ‘instant’ confirmation.
  • Pick up your dream vehicle from a neighbour in your area! With the booking confirmed, simply meet the owner at the address, or head to the address if the vehicle is fitted with our keyless access QuickStart technology, confirm the vehicle’s condition, mileage and fuel, then you are ready to drive away!
Josie Crabtree

Josie Crabtree

Guest Writer

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