4 Top Tips for Renting a Car for Your Next Trip
Deciding to rent a car for your next trip, whether that be for a family vacation, a road trip with friends or even a solo travel expedition can be a little bit stressful.
Should you pick the cheapest one you can find?
Should you ask your family and friends for recommendations?
Or, should you simply type ‘Car Rental’ into Google, close your eyes, pick one and hope for the best?
Then there are all the other factors to take into consideration; what type of car to pick, whether to return the vehicle empty or with a full tank, what insurance do you need – the list is endless.
However, it doesn’t have to be a super stressful and overwhelming process. Simply follow the below top tips, and you will be on your way in no time.
Book your car hire early
If you can, book your car hire as soon as possible, as then you are guaranteed to get the best deals; booking online as well as booking in advance are the simplest ways to save money on your car rental. Plus, booking early gives you peace of mind that another aspect of your vacation has been taken care of.
Car hire is not like a vacation; you will not save money by booking the last minute. In fact, it’s more likely you will end up paying over the odds or not being able to find what you need.
E-Z Rental Cars offer some amazing early bird deals as well as offering you the opportunity to earn points for money off your next rental.
Check the fuel policy
Some car hire companies provide you with a car that has a full or partly full tank and simply requests that you return the vehicle with the same amount of fuel; this is arguably the most cost-effective option and means you only pay for what you use.
Other companies ask that you pay for a full tank upfront and then return it empty. This is not ideal if you are not planning to do a lot of driving on your vacation, so it is worthwhile checking that the car hire company you pick has a fuel policy that suits your travelling needs.
It is also worthwhile looking into ways that you can save money on gas throughout your holiday.
Make sure understand about insurance
If you choose to purchase the insurance that your car hire company offers you, make sure that you fully understand what it includes. A good car hire company will not mind explaining to you in detail what you are covered for, so don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
It is also important that you check that you are covered for damage to all parts of the vehicle including the tires and the windscreen.
Take pictures of your car
When you pick up your rental car, it can be a good idea to take digital pictures of the condition that the car was given to you in; this will ensure that any previous damage to the car has been recorded and then you cannot be held liable for said damage. It is also worthwhile to point this out to the car rental company before you drive away.
It is also important to have an employee from the rental car hire company to check over your vehicle for damage when you return it; ensuring that they are happy with the state of the car; thus, avoiding any further ‘surprise’ damage payments at a later date.