Renting a car can be stressful, especially if you have never rented a car before. The costs can add up quickly and before you know it you have to pay for a ton of hidden fees and charges that you didn’t even know you had to pay. When you are planning on renting a car, the more research you do the better.
The first thing you want to do is start comparing prices online for your car rental. Look at the major car rental companies first and then you can look for other rental companies. Make sure you read the fine print before you choose a company because many of them have fees that can really drive up the cost of the rental. You might find airport surcharges or mileage fees on your bill.
Mileage fees can add up quick. If you go over the daily mileage allotment, you could end up with these fees and they can really add to your bill. When you rent a car make sure you know what the daily mileage is and be very careful not to go over it if you don’t want to get stuck with these extra fees.
Luxury car rentals are going to cost a lot more than sedans, so you should think about what your budget is and how much you want to spend on your car. If you need any special features on your car, you should make sure that these are included and that the car you are interested in renting has them. Sometimes it is cheaper to provide your own extras like GPS or car seats.
Some car rental companies allow you to purchase extra insurance, but this is going to cost more. The salesperson is likely to try to sell you extras and upgrades, try not to get seduced by these upgrades because they can end up costing you.
When you go to pick up your car, make sure that you read the contract carefully so there are no surprises. You don’t want to get hit with any hidden fees. Make sure you ask questions if anything in the contract is confusing.
Renting a car doesn’t have to be difficult when you know what to expect from your rental. Take the time to learn about all the different fees and cars and make sure that you know what they are going to be when you rent the car. Once you start approaching that mileage cap you are going to have to stop driving or just go ahead and pay the extra mileage fee.
The mileage fee isn’t cheap so try not to have to use it. You should also check over the car before you leave the lot because sometimes there is a problem that hasn’t been documented and you are going to be liable if they problem is found when you return the car. Look for dents and scratches and you should also look for leaks. Don’t pay more than you have to.