6 Things to Steer Clear of When Renting a Car

Today you can find a car rental service in virtually every major city in the world. There are so many options that in can be overwhelming trying to find the right rental company for you. Here are some tips on what to avoid when renting a car.

Things to Keep in Mind When Doing Business With a Car Rental Agency.

Today you can find a car rental service in virtually every major city in the world. There are so many options that in can be overwhelming trying to find the right rental company for you. Here are some tips on what to avoid when renting a car.

  1. Avoid renting a car at the airport. Rental companies pay a fee to airports to let them use their parking lots, and ultimately it’s the customer who takes on this additional fee. Just grab an Uber and ask the driver to take you to a rental outlet away from airport property.
  1. Shop around for car insurance. Car agencies do offer insurance, but at a cost. One option is to call your credit card provider; it’s possible they offer rental insurance and most car rental companies will accept your credit card insurance as long as you register the rental with the same card.
  1. Use a credit card when renting a car. As mentioned above this will provide you with an option for affordable insurance, but this is not the only benefit. if you use a debit card to make your purchase, a temporary hold can also be placed on your debit account as an insurance policy of sorts for the rental company, which can be for hundreds of dollars.

Things to Be Aware of When Using Your Rental Car:

  1. Limit the number of additional drivers. No matter your reason for renting a car, for each additional driver that is allowed to drive the car you’ll be paying an extra fee, and this fee will be charged whether or not they actually drive the car.
  1. Stay on paved roads this one seems obvious but common sense is so rare it’s a superpower. A lot of rental agencies are fine with you driving your rental car off-road. Take for example, driving your rental car onto a beach to go surfing. Seems harmless enough right? And it is…until you get stuck. Most car rental insurance won’t cover the cost of towing your car out of the sand dune and then getting it cleaned up.
  1. Bring a dash cam. While the insurance that you purchased for your rental should keep you safe from any serious financial penalties, in this day and age a dash cam is an extra layer of protection that can really save your bacon if you `happen to be hit by a reckless driver, or targeted by an insurance scammer. In both cases there is the possibility that you could be held liable for an accident that you didn’t cause. Having some dash cam footage to backup your version of events will go a long way to keeping you from being hit by that nasty insurance deductible.

The long and short of it is that a car rental service is an necessity for any major city/tourist destination. Love them or hate them, they’re here to stay. Just take your time, remember these 6 tips, and before you know it, you’ll be on the road again.