5 Ways to enjoy your rental car more
Rental Car North Shore – Renting a car is something that many people do when they go on vacation. But most people don’t realize how much more they can enjoy it when renting a car. Here are tips that you can use to save time, save money, and generally make the whole process of renting a car a lot easier.
Consider the environment
I’m not just talking for the environment’s sake, either. Choosing an economical car or hybrid can save you lots of money when it comes to refueling. Sure, that giant Cadillac might look nice, but if you’re looking to save money then maybe a smaller car would be the smarter choice.
List all the drivers
If you are sharing the driving with someone else, be sure that they are listed on your rental agreement. If an unlisted driver has an accident, the insurance will usually not cover the damage. Many suppliers don’t charge you any extra fees to list an additional driver, so it’s definitely worth doing even if you don’t think they’ll be driving much.
Take photos of any damage
Make sure you take photos of any damage to the car before you leave the depot. If your camera has the option, mark the photos with the time and date, or upload them to somewhere online that lists the time and date. If there is a staff member available, get them to walk around the car with you, and make sure you mark any and all damage and marks on the car, no matter how small. Don’t let them tell you not to worry about the small marks. It’s better to be safe than sorry! What most people don’t know is that if you happen to return a car with damage, you’ll not only be up for the cost of repairing the damage, but also for any potential loss of rental fees while the car is off the road. That can add up to thousands of dollars!
Look at your insurance options
Insurance can vary by country, but most rental cars come with some basic form of insurance. You’ll generally have to pay an excess of a few thousand dollars if you have an accident. The rental car supplier will offer you excess reduction or an insurance waiver, but there are often better options available.
Try different rental lengths
Suppliers often have special rates for different length rentals. As an example, a supplier offering a special 4-day rate which could be cheaper than their regular rate for three days. In this case it would be better to take the four day rate, and just drop the car back after three days instead. Weekly and weekend rental rates are the most common. If you only need the car for 5 or 6 days, just try comparing the price for 7 anyway; you might be pleasantly surprised.