It’s the time of year for vacationing, visiting friends and family, or going out on that next business trip. In that place far away from home and your car, you can either be beholden to public transportation, your loved ones’ kindness, or you can save time, inconvenience, and yes, even money, by renting a vehicle. Thankfully, we live in an age where information is literally at our fingertips. Peruse those high powered internet search engines to discover available car rental companies, where they’re located, and how much cost will be incurred. Company websites will often extend discounts when making reservations online. Furthermore, a number of other websites are devoted to user ratings and experience with the many car rental companies currently in operation. These peer reviews can provide very valuable and insightful information on price comparisons, suggestions, or even which agencies have experienced some less than positive feedback.
Car rental companies exist to serve your needs, and offer vehicles from compact and economical to roomy and luxurious. If your trip will involve a lot of driving, and comfort is more important than cost, perhaps a high end, larger vehicle will make your leisure experience that much more enjoyable! This could be the opportunity to try out that hot new model you’ve always wondered about but never bought. Conversely, those whom are dollar conscious and limited of mileage may do best by reserving a smaller car that is more fuel efficient. Consider in either case that, unless you purchase an unlimited gas clause in your contract, you will be liable for any amount not replenished. In this event, the agency will charge you a substantially higher rate than the current average at the local gas station. Moreover, keep in mind that larger vehicles requiring added fuel will also add to your expenses.
In general, always do your best to plan in advance when reserving a car. However, those with special needs are particularly encouraged to have foresight when requiring extra leg room, child booster seats, or disability access.
Stress is reduced and the mood happier when not faced with difficulties arising from last minute walk-ups to the car rental counter after a long flight. Plan ahead!
Ease of convenience is furthered by booking your car rental and airline reservation together. Although not always available, this function allows you to better coordinate pick-up and drop off times with your airline schedule. Some rental agencies are situated outside of the airport and will necessitate budgeting added travel time to your day. While lot shuttle service is usually provided free of charge, remember to be a good visitor and tip your driver!
A credit card and driver’s license are required when renting any type of vehicle. Some rental agreements mandate extra charges in instances where someone other than the card holder is the driver. If you are the sole designated driver but not the card holder, consult with the company to clarify or re-define your contract. A deposit of several hundred dollars will sometimes be issued to the credit card. While this charge is refunded upon return of the vehicle, those for whom the spending limit may become an issue should take this into account in the course of their planning.
Certain credit card companies provide rental car insurance free of charge, along with other discounts when securing a reservation using the card with certain designated rental companies. This is of great benefit for those seeking to avoid extra insurance charges as part of the rental contract.