Renting a car is not easy for beginners. Aside from the cost, there are many details you need to consider before signing the rental agreement. For example, you need to think about rental fees, gas costs, insurance, and rules and restrictions. Let’s talk about the usual do’s and don’ts when renting a car.
Travel/rental agencies have websites where you can compare rates. However, make sure you know that a “deal” really is the best deal. Sometimes, when you add in all the fees and taxes, the total costs add up quickly.
If you ask for a discount, you can save up to 20%. Aside from that, you can also save a lot of money by skipping extras and booking compacts. In order to avoid these fees, it is better that you pick up your vehicle somewhere other than the airport. Also note the gas filling packs. If you do some math, you can decide whether or not to fill up yourself.
By booking early, you enjoy some flexibility in terms of pricing. For example, if you have a long lead time, you can choose from a variety of cars and benefit from better prices. Even if you come back from your tour to return the car, don’t be late. If you are even a few hours late, you may have to pay a whole day.
Although it may sound obvious, you have to decide if you really need to book a car. If you want to explore the city streets or spend your vacation at the beach, you might not want to rent a car. Instead, you should only rent for a day and use public taxis for the rest of the time.
Do not take out additional insurance
It is possible that your existing insurance policy also covers a rental car. However, you should contact your insurance agency for confirmation. If necessary, you can take out additional insurance. Make sure you have at least the collision and damage indemnification policy. Some credit cards also offer CDW when used to pay for rental cars.
Beware of restrictions
You also need to consider the limitations. Most US authorities don’t have a problem if you want to drive around or cross Canada, for example. However, you may have to face some insurance issues or other limitations. Therefore, you must do your research before driving into restricted areas.
Check the car for damage
You need to inspect the car from all angles to make sure there are no dents, scratches or dents. It’s a great idea to photograph the vehicle from all angles. If you notice dents or dents, show them to the rental company.
If you find extensive damage, request another vehicle. It’s not a good idea to take a car without checking it. After all, you don’t want to pay for dents you didn’t make.
In short, these are some do’s and don’ts that you need to consider before renting a car. Hope this will help.