This depot has an unbelievably over-the-top vehicle inspection policywhen you return your car. My partner and I have booked and returned hire cars to all sorts of hire car companies all over the world - in the USA, throughout Europe, in the UK and Asia - and we have never had to pay any excesses or extra charges for vehicle damage ever before. (Maybe we've been lucky.) That was before Europcar in Faro. I have never ever had to go through an inspection like the one that we suffered when we returned our (pristine) car to them near Faro Airport on Sunday August 15th this year. It was like watching forensic scientists at work. I was surprised the officious return inspector didn't have a microscope and a micrometer. The result? A tiny, tiny mark on the driver's door - no scratched paintwork or anything like that - for which we got charged 150 Euros for 'repair and administration.' We felt that this was sheer extortion - particularly when the office manager said - Oh, don't worry - you'll get it back from your private insurer.' (Yes - we hadn't taken out the 10 Euro a day excess insurance with Europcar, and have our own annual excess insurance.) I wonder if they would have been so exacting in their inspection if we'd paid for their excess insurance? Don't go near them. Any of the local firms are better - we know, we've used them, and as long as you keep your wits about you with them, they're fine.