Beginner’s Car Rental Tips
If you love exploring new places, it’s likely that you will, at some point during your vacation, have to rent a car. Luckily for you, we’ve got some smart and easy tips to help make the car rental experience hassle-free for you. Read on.
Avoid Renting at The Airport
We know it’s convenient to rent a car from the airport, but if you’re on a budget, this is something you’ll want to avoid. You can save some cash on your rental by taking a cab to the city and renting from one of the rental companies near your hotel.
You Probably Already Have Rental Car Insurance
Car rental companies often urge people to get a rental insurance plan. But if you already have an auto insurance plan, your coverage likely includes rental cars as well. Of course, every policy differs, so it makes sense to call your insurance provider to confirm. Of late, a number of credit card companies have also begun to offer complimentary rental car insurance coverage, provided you pay for the expense with their credit card.
Do Your Research
Don’t walk into the first rental car agency you spot in the city or town you’re visiting. If you want to save money, it’s a good idea to check a few price comparison websites to know how much a rental car will cost you in the area. Don’t be afraid to visit different rental car offices to understand what they have to offer and what the car will cost you.
Fill the Fuel Tank
It may seem convenient to just drop off the car and pay the rental company for the fuel charges, but this can cost you a lot. Rental car agencies often charge their customers double, or sometimes triple, the amount for gas. So, if you can swing it, it’s best to plan a stop at the gas station in advance.
Don’t Opt for A One-Way Rental
Often, picking up and dropping off a car at the same location will get you a better price than if you were to get a one-way rental. Of course, this can’t be avoided sometimes, but it’s something you’ll want to consider.