Travellers, journeying for business or pleasure all utilise car rental services to get from A to B conveniently and comfortably. This is a major appeal for many, having the ability to travel under your own steam is always beneficial, allowing for far more leisurely journeying. Hopefully the following article will give consumers some tips and hints that will allow them to make the most of the car rental experience.
In the majority of cases, by booking a car in advance it is possible to gain great discounts. The rule for most companies is that the earlier the booking is made the cheaper the rental will be. This is true in many car rental companies; seemingly they like to reward those with the foresight to book early. If booking in advance however it is often wise to utilise the company's cancellation protection, this will allow the customer to cancel their car at any time up until a day beforehand without penalty or fine.
Choosing a rental company can be difficult with such a wide variety on the market; subsequently careful consideration is advisable should a company be found that offers the best price and services. In the majority of companies rates are calculated on the time that the car is to be hired for, the type of vehicle being hired and the mileage that is likely to be added to the vehicle. This is why it is important when looking at companies to ask them how much they will charge on a daily basis, the price of all the cars in the range and whether any mileage restrictions apply.
Theses three considerations whilst being your primary concerns however will not be the only factors involved in the rental agreement. Companies frequently add on many different policy inclusions that cover everything from personal injury to damage of the car. Unfortunately when at the desk it is easy to be befuddled by all the choices, the result is the customer ends up over insured and paying far too much for their rental experience. Advisably consumers should study the cover already in existence in their own policies and using this information to obtain policy extras where any deficiencies lie.
It is always a good idea to add other drivers to the rental agreement. This is especially true on long journeyers where having one driver can place a great deal of strain on this person. While it may cost extra to add other drivers to the agreement this can be ultimately worthwhile, not only sharing the workload but increasing safety and enjoyment. As a side note however some companies will offer a free additional driver, especially if this person is a spouse.
It always advisable to make a considerable check of the rental car before heading out on a journey; whilst most companies strive to keep their vehicles in good working order there may be circumstances were an un-roadworthy car is dispatched. This is not the only reason to check over the vehicle however, an element of protection is also evident, as by noting any dents or scratches, as well as any other damage it is possible to have a record that proves the damage was there before the vehicle left the plot. Ultimately it should prevent the company charging consumers for damage they have not caused.
Hopefully this information has made it clear which considerations are vital should a good car rental experience be had. Overall it is about balancing costs and services as well as any extras so the price is right and the service is exemplary; all this is achievable with detailed research.
Travel expert Thomas Pretty provides consumer advice concerning how customers can gain the best car rental experience.