It's a no-brainer: renting a car when you go on vacation makes total sense. If you were planning on going somewhere local, you could take your vehicle. But, as you are going further afield, it's easier to rent a car.
Why rent a car? For a start, you save a fortune on taxi fares and public transport costs. Secondly, you can go anywhere you want and at any time of the day or night. And last, but not least, traveling in a car can be safer in certain circumstances.
Before you do rent a car on your vacation, make sure you read the entirety of this guide first. That way, you will end up saving a lot of time and money! Here is what you need to know:
Don't rent a car from an airport office
You may know it, but rental companies often bump up the price of rentals with airport surcharges. Sure, it's convenient renting a car soon after getting off your flight. But is the extra cost worth it?
Many car rental firms have offices that are only a few minutes away from the airport, believe it or not! Picking up your car from there and returning it at the same location will save you a lot of money. Expect savings of at least $50 in many cases!
Don't get stung for extra insurance you don't needMany personal car insurance policies include cover for rental cars. You may even find that it's a benefit of your credit card, believe it or not.
Before you rent a car, it's essential to check if you already have insurance cover (such as CDW or Collision Damage Waiver). A quick check could save you hundreds of dollars off the cost of your rental.
Don't speed on any roads
Let's face it: you are going to drive on unfamiliar roads. The last thing you want to do is ruin your vacation by getting a speeding ticket from a police officer.
You should also realize that going faster than the speed limit increases your chances of having an accident. And you know what that means: paying hefty insurance excess charges to the rental company!
Scrutinize your rental car with a fine-tooth comb
When the rental company representative is with you, walk around the car with them. Have them note down any existing damage such as paintwork scratches, dents, curbed wheels, and so on. That way, when you return the car to the rental firm, they can't charge you for damage to the vehicle.
It's also essential they make a note of the exact amount of fuel in the tank. Again, you don't want any expensive surcharges.
Always pre-book your rental before your vacation
The final tip you should take on board is to pre-book your car rental before you go away. Almost all rental companies charge less if you book on their websites. Plus, some may even give you discounts for being a member of certain organizations.
Have fun - and stay safe!