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Top 10 Things to know when renting a vehicle

Top 10 Things to know when renting a vehicle

While renting a vehicle is a relatively straightforward process, going with the first option doesn’t always get you the best deal. Read these 10 tips to get the right result for you.

 

1. Call Ahead

1. Call Ahead

 

If you’re checking out a rental company, it can help to call ahead. Not only can you find out the exact location for picking up the car, but you might also be able to negotiate fees, especially those charged to younger drivers.

 

2. Review Your Driving Needs

2. Review Your Driving Needs

 

Narrowing down your options is crucial to paying the right amount for your rental. Do you need a three-door or five-door or something much bigger? On city streets, a compact car will work fine, but if you’re heading out of town, consider finding something with a better suspension.

 

3. Check For Available Payment Options

3. Check For Available Payment Options

 

Most car rental companies will want a credit card. If you don’t have one, you might need to call ahead and discuss the possibility of using a debit card. Remember, there might be a holding fee in this case, so check the amounts.

 

4. Shop Around

4. Shop Around

 

The big-name rental companies get most of the business. However, there are smaller businesses and deals to be found. Check out the prices and policies at a few places before you proceed.

 

5. Inspect At Every Stage

5. Inspect At Every Stage

 

Once you’re heading to pick up your vehicle, make sure that you inspect it before driving away. The rental company needs to know about any faults or scratches that weren’t caused by you. Check that it’s driving well and take another look at it before you return it to ensure it’s in good condition.

 

6. Check Your Insurance Policy

6. Check Your Insurance Policy

 

Most rental companies will provide an insurance option. Before you accept it, check your policy for your personal vehicle; it might have a clause that allows you to transfer it temporarily to a rental car.

 

7. Bring Your Own Extras

 

When renting a vehicle, it doesn’t always come with everything you need. From navigation to baby seats, if you can bring your own, it’ll save you money on high-priced extras.

 

8. Fill It Up

8. Fill It Up

 

Rental companies often ask that you return the car with a full tank. To avoid paying a charge when you return it, top up the tank. 

 

9. Keep Additional Drivers To A Minimum

9. Keep Additional Drivers To A Minimum

 

Another way to keep costs down when renting a vehicle is to avoid adding additional drivers. If you can get by on the trip without sharing the responsibility, it’ll get you a better price.

 

10. Return On Time

 

When estimating your return time, try to be as accurate as possible while giving yourself a little leeway. Bringing the vehicle back late usually incurs a charge that causes costs to rise above your original budget.

 

Safe Journey!

Safe Journey!

 

Driving away in your rental car will be a pleasant experience once you’ve followed these 10 tips. The number one rule is to never make decisions at the desk. Plan ahead to get the best rental vehicle for you.

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