When traveling to a different state or even abroad there are many things you need to consider, one of those things is transport. The best way to get about would be to hire a rental, they are convenient and reliable, and will get the job done. Many rental companies provide vehicles for all purposes, be it for leisure or business.
With a wide range of companies to choose from, there are also many things a customer should consider before booking a rental.
Here are 5 things to consider when renting a vehicle.
Your driver’s license
Make sure that your driver’s license is up-to-date, car rental companies may require you to submit your license before them handing over the rental. If you are renting a vehicle abroad it is important to note that on arrival, the rental company will require your international driver’s permit (IDP). This can be obtained online and will be a supplementary to your driver’s license (There are some countries where your normal driver’s license will be valid).
Most rental companies offer full coverage auto insurance, however, this can be pricey as they charge upwards of $15 per day. This is why it is important to read through their rental policy before reserving, this is usually available on the company site.
Your car insurance may not cover damages for rentals, however, if you made the booking with your credit card, rental insurance may be inclusive. Most credit card providers include coverage for damages to rental cars, therefore it will be best to confirm this with your credit card provider before you rent a vehicle.
It is also important to note that there will be a charge for any additional drivers. Even if the additional drivers are above the age of 25 rental companies may have an extra charge for a second driver, therefore it is important to consider if your journey requires multiple designated drivers.
Returning rental with a full tank
Note that if you return the rental without a full tank, the rental company will put in an additional charge. It is always better to return the vehicle with a full tank as this can save you a lot of money.
Discounts and seasonal offers
Always be on the lookout for seasonal offers and discounts, rental companies provide these especially around Christmas and New Year to promote their business. You might be able to get a luxury vehicle for the price of an economy vehicle and other additional benefits.
It is also important to compare prices between companies when choosing which car rental works for you. Note that prices can vary drastically depending on seasons and promotions; therefore it is important to place your bookings in advance.
Bonus tip: Make sure the route you take has paved roads as most companies have a policy that does not allow you to take the vehicle on rough paths. If you do and you will have to pay for any damages caused (unless you have insurance that covers rentals).
Renting a vehicle is the best way to travel if you don’t have your own as you can drive leisurely without any restrictions unlike if you use public transport. Hopefully, these tips will help you make your reservation process easier.