Whatever your reason for needing a rental car, the easiest way to go is to just find a car rental company, maybe one you’ve heard of or the first one that comes up in a search, and order your car. Of course this is one way to do it, but if you want to get a good deal and come away satisfied, here are some car rental tips that will help you out. You shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time, but a little effort can make a huge difference in your experience, and especially what you pay.
Not all car rental companies have similar rates! There is actually quite a lot of variance from firm to firm. Some will have better deals on weekends, or a lower weekly rate than another company, some will just be less expensive overall, or offer better promotions. Wherever the difference lies, there is no question that you are likely to find a better deal if you. . .
Shop around! Of course the easiest and most efficient way to do this is online. You will be able to look into rates charged for different grades of cars, special promotions and deals, and can easily go from one company to another getting all your information. On top of this, another reason to look online is. . .
Online deals! As with anything you rent or reserve, online is usually the best way to go to get a good deal. Once you’ve done your comparison shopping, book your car online for the lowest fare, but make sure you have answers to any questions before you do so.
Don’t get talked into added costs! Most likely your own insurance covers rental cars. Be sure to check with your agent to find out if you’ll be covered, but don’t assume the salesman at the rental place is right when he tells you that you might not be covered, or warns you of loopholes. Be sure you can top off the fuel at the end of your rental to avoid paying for them to do it at a higher cost.
Bigger isn’t always better! Bigger companies are often more conveniently located such as at an airport, but this often means they will be more expensive. Also, with smaller companies, you can book a compact car, and will often find that they are unavailable on the day, which means you will automatically be upgraded to the next size car that’s available at no extra cost!
Taking a little time to find a good price, and educate yourself on some details can save you quite a bit at the end of the day; or week, or however long it is you’ll be renting the car for. Take the time, to follow these rental car tips and make the savings!