In today's society, there are a number of reasons why people
rent a car. Some of the top reasons are vacations, a car they
own is in the shop and renting a nicer car for a special
occasion. Whatever the reason that you are considering renting a
car; there are some things that you should know first.
1- It is wise to shop around when looking for to rent a car.
Always find at least three rental car companies to compare,
although more will be better. Be sure to ask all the companies
the same questions to get the most accurate answers. Most rental
car companies will have websites online to find basic
information, but it is best to call as local branches may have
deals that are not advertised online.
2- When you call, be sure to ask about price, vehicle
availability, as well as any specials that the branch has to
offer. It is worth noting here, that many of these companies
will have special arrangements with hotels, airlines or even
3- You will want to ask about any special instructions that are
required of you while renting the car, for example, filling up
the gas tank or pick up and drop off times. Not adhering to
these policies can result in fees.
4- Many companies that will rent a car to you will also be
willing to either deliver the car to you or pick you up and take
you to your rental. This service may require a fee, but can be
worth asking about if you are flying to your destination.
5- The rental company may offer you insurance to purchase,
however, your personal auto insurance may be all you need in the
event of an accident with a rental car. Call your auto insurance
agent and ask before paying extra at the rental counter.
6- There are a number of choices that are open to you when
renting a car. Each class of car will vary in price and gas
mileage; consider this when making your decision. While many
companies may be willing to upgrade you, this is not always the
case. It is wise to choose the car you want and hope for an
upgrade than to reserve less of a car and be disappointed when
an upgrade is not offered.
7- Have a credit or debit card handy to reserve the rental car
with, most companies will only guarantee a car with this