If you find yourself stuck for transportation, or are looking to avoid a long trip on public transportation, securing a rental car is a great option. Often, a rental car can be much cheaper than the cost of a long journey on a train or bus – and you will also be in your own personal space and can stop whenever you want.
With a little research, you can avoid the hidden costs that add up quickly if you’re not prepared. In this article are 5 tips to ensure an easy and cheap way to set you on your journey.
Stay On Paved Roads
Once you’ve selected a car, it’s very easy to overlook, or not take in, all the points a sales representative is ticking off as they go through their policies with you. One point you’ll want to keep in mind when dealing with all car rental companies is the ‘collision damage’ waiver. If you purchase this, you are agreeing to stay off unpaved terrain — and if you take your car on gravel or off the beaten path, this waiver will likely be voided, costing you a lot of money. So just remember to stick to paved roads and you’ll avoid any costs that may come with taking your car off-road.
Paying For Extra Drivers
A lot of people think that if any additional drivers are 25 years of age or over, you’ll avoid extra fees. Not true. You’re still likely to be charged a fee per driver. Really consider how many people you need to add to your rental agreement – perhaps designate just one driver in your group to keep the cost down.
Credit Cards, Insurance and Damages
Before you go ahead and rent a car, check your credit card company’s policy on rental car coverage. Usually, the companies will cover insurance for collision, theft, and sometimes provide a towing service for rentals on that card. Also, check what your car insurance company covers, as usually credit cards will not cover any damage to other persons, vehicles, or property. Hi-spec luxury vehicle rentals are often not covered by credit cards as well.
Credit card insurance is really a backup form of coverage to what the rental companies offer, protecting you if you don’t have any other form of insurance. It is important to understand, though, that if you buy coverage from the rental service, this will invalidate any credit card insurance coverage you have.
Also good to note: if your car insurance has a deductible, your credit card will cover that amount. A good rule of thumb is to talk to your auto insurance agent and your credit card company before your trip. And the best protection is to always drive safely.
Paying Extra for Under 25’s
If any of the drivers of your rental car is under the age of 25, you’ll have to pay a significant amount more to have them added to your policy. There was a time when rental companies wouldn’t even allow drivers under the age of 21 to get behind the wheel, but now you can expect hefty fees – this still applies no matter how little driving they do.
Where to Rent From
This tip is by no means an obvious one but it will save you up to 50% in costs. Consider the location where you plan to pick up your car. Renting a car in a neighborhood or suburb, you’ll find cheaper prices. If you rent at an airport, the costs can double for convenience. And for guaranteed low prices you can’t beat booking online from a reputable car hire site. Whether you’ve just returned home, or if you’re vacationing and looking for car hire at Tenerife airport, make you do your research to ensure you’re getting a fair deal.
If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll save yourself some serious money. The main thing to remember is to consider all your options, listen to the representative, and if you’re not sure about any of their policies, simply ask.
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