5 Things To Know About Auto Rentals
Hiring a car for a quick trip or longer holiday can be hassle-free if you know what to expect. Here are 5 things you’ve got to keep in mind when choosing a rental car so that you’re safe as well as comfortable during your trip.
Your Credit Card May Offer Rental Car Insurance
If you’re planning to rent a car, call your credit card company to check about their rental car insurance policy. There is typically no additional cost for this insurance, and you might be able to save on the extra $10-$25 per day expense charged by car rental agencies for insurance coverage. Keep in mind, however, that some credit cards offer limited coverage or no coverage at all. So call and check before you bank on it.
You’ll Be Charged More for Adding More Drivers to The Contract
It may be tempting to add another driver when you rent a car, but it’s important that you carefully think through who you register as a driver to avoid paying extra fees. If you keep the number down to one or two, you stand to save money.
Young Drivers Are Charged More
Young drivers are charged more because they, unfortunately, have a proven history of speeding and getting in accidents. So, if it’s possible, try to add someone who is above the age of 25 years as the primary (or designated) driver of the rental car.
Drive on Paved Roads
Certain car rental companies don’t allow their cars to be driven on unpaved roads. If you do this and your car is damaged, your insurance coverage will be considered void. This means if anything happens to the car on an off-road adventure, you could completely lose your coverage and be liable for a very expensive repair or replacement bill. Save yourself the trouble and stay on the main roads.
Refuel Before You Return the Rental
Be sure to find some time to fill up the fuel tank before returning the car to the rental company. Most rental companies will charge you a “gas and service fee,” which is usually significantly more than local gas prices.