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Tips Before You Book a Rental Car

 

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You’re looking forward to your upcoming vacation and have taken care of most of the arrangements. Your flight and hotel are booked, and there’s just one major detail left to consider: you need to book a rental car. Before you do so, here are a few tips to consider:

What size do you need?

One major factor in choosing a rental car is size. On one hand, a compact car is usually much more economical. On the other, you need to take into consideration that your car must be an adequate size for your particular needs. If you are traveling with more than one person, bringing your children, have a lot of luggage, are bringing golf or snorkeling equipment, etc., you may decide to go for a larger car with plenty of trunk space and a roomy interior.

Do you need an automatic or manual transmission?

If you’re uncomfortable driving a standard transmission, or like many people do not know how to do so, make sure to verify that you are renting an automatic vehicle before your reservation is finalized. On the other hand, if you prefer to drive a standard, you will want to verify that one is available for you

Read the Fine Print

Before you finalize your reservation, be sure to read through the rental conditions to make sure they are suitable for you.  You will want to pay special attention to the fuel policy (are you required to take the car full, and if so does this increase the cost?) and any extra fees. Some extra fees to look out for include charges for renting extra items such as GPS and child seats, late or early return penalties, and charges for having a second person drive the car.

Does the Rental Car Have Unlimited Mileage?

If you’re not planning to drive your rental car a long distance this may not have much of an impact on you. If you do plan to drive the car quite a ways on your trip, however, being charged extra for going over a certain number of miles can seriously increase the price of your car rental. In this case it may be best to look for a different deal.

Only Need a One-way Car Rental? Look out for Extra Costs

If your itinerary won’t allow you to return your rental car to the pick-up location, you could be looking at serious extra charges to your bill. Many rental car companies charge an increased daily base rate and/or a large extra fee for this service, since they need to send someone to pick the car up from the second location. Always verify if this is the case before you book, so you can have a more accurate picture of your rental car cost.

 

 

 

 

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