There are numerous reasons why you
might find yourself renting a car or truck. It may be moving a
friend or renting a car while yours is being repaired - these tips
will assist with the process.
First you'll want to do
some research regarding the companies in your local area. Check with
national and local companies when conducting your search and check
the rental car company’s internet sites for deals. Narrow your
search results down to a few companies that are nearest to your pick
up / drop off location.
Before you book online explore the
net for coupons or promotional codes - be sure that you read the
conditions carefully when using coupons.
companies ask that the car be topped up with gas before returning
the vehicle, if you forget, they'll charge you additional for the
favor - so bring it back full of gasoline.
Inquire what the
fee is if the car is required for longer than anticipated as well as
what the late drop off fee will cost.
Companies gain big
revenues from insurance fees. Check into your insurance policy to
see if it addresses a rental car. It's likely that your automobile
insurance covers rentals as well. Call your agent to verify it.
It may be convenient to rent a vehicle at the airport but you'll
likely pay additional for it. You can most likely rent a car from
your hotel and just use the hotel shuttle from the airport.
Inquire about the companies' inspection sheet – it should include
things to check before accepting the car such as: the brakes,
headlamps and turn signals, the exterior and interior of the car for
cosmetic damage, tire pressure check, fluid level checks, windshield
wiper check, power windows, radio and heating unit, likewise you may
want the owner's manual for locating hidden controls, setting the
Check the rental company's policy concerning
other drivers, generally if you wish an added driver you'll need to
acquire written authorization from the rental company.
Companies will expect you to present your driver's license (and
proof of automobile insurance if you will not be purchasing their
insurance) and a major credit card.
For one way rentals,
make a point to verify the drop-off charge, they vary and can be
You'll be able to cancel your reservation but you
need to give as much notification as possible and make certain to
save a note of the name of the individual you talked with in case
any disagreements come up.
Return the car on time if you can,
the rental agency may charge you as much as an entire days rental
fee extra if you don't.