If you don’t get the type of car that you wanted, then car rental can be expensive as well as inconvenient and time consuming. When traveling, either on business or on holiday, most people would rent cars. Because your needs for these trips are quite different, it is important to get the right car at the right price.
Whether you are phoning around or searching on the internet, be sure to get three or four quotes before making a choice. A rental agency that has offices in the area you are going to or has drop off facilities nearby is your first priority. You would want to avoid adding extra mileage just to deliver the car.
Special rates are offered by many car rental agencies and often, they are based on the length of time you rent the car for. There are deals that are tied with particular airlines and hotels. Your travel agent should be able to advise you on these package deals. When you look at special rates, check the mileage and fuel limitations. Although you may get a good price on the rental, you will also discover that you pay for most of the fuel and mileage. Check the insurance rates and any other extra charges carefully, then choose the best deal. Are you aware of the fact that the fancier the car, the more expensive it will be? If you don’t need a car with 7 seats and air conditioning, then don’t pay for it.
Some rental agencies have offices at airports so you can hop off the plane into your car, returning it when you arrive for your flight home. Others may have rental offices in town or they may offer to collect you from your hotel. It’s important that you have the necessary transportation to get to where you can pick up your rental car.
Just as you would with flights and accommodation, confirm your car reservation ahead of time. Have you checked whether the reservation fee is included in the rate or whether it is a separate fee? At the end of your trip, it can be exorbitant and unpleasant to have fees for exceeding the limit and have your budget be depleted which is why when using the car, don’t forget your mileage limits.
It’s a good idea to refill the car before returning it. Adding on to the gas price is what most car rental agencies do if they have to refill the gas tank themselves. Sometimes you can get an upgrade by collecting your car early in the morning when other rentals have not yet been returned. If the agency does not have the type of car you reserved, they may offer you a free upgrade. Keep in mind that more gas is what you get with a bigger engine.
Ask questions, search for the best deals, and enjoy your trip in your rented car.