Car Rental Tips And Tricks

Your car rental experience is determined by the intensity of your due diligence before renting the vehicle. Clients in a rush to rent vehicles often make minor oversights, leading to penalties or conflicts with the rental company. Below is an extract with some car hire tips and tricks.

Establish How Long You Need The Car

Start by determining how long you require the vehicle. Typically, you will save some cash if you sign a long-term car rental contract. Besides, long-term contracts are easier to negotiate since the car hire company would not want to lose you to another company. If you are unsure how long you need the car, inform the car rental company upfront. Most companies will adjust the rental terms to ensure you can terminate the contract without incurring penalties.  

Always Inspect The Vehicle 

Your rental company will be responsible for the regular upkeep of their vehicles, but it always helps to check your rental car before you begin the lease. Typically, look out for the following: 

  • Engine issues such as smoking, leaks, inadequate power and strange noises. You should also ensure the transmission shifts smoothly.
  • The fuel and fluid levels.
  • Body imperfections such as minor dents, varying paint shades, missing components and damaged locks.
  • The functionality of the AC, radio, lights, safety belts and horn.
  • Any items in the interior that could belong to the company staff or previous customers. Check the glove box, compartments and the boot.  

This quick inspection can save you trouble once you rent the vehicle. For instance, suppose you failed to check the coolant levels; the car could overheat after a few kilometres. Identifying defects also ensures that you don't pay for other clients' mistakes. 

Negotiate The Rental Terms To Suit Your Needs

Examine the car rental contract to establish extra charges you could incur. For instance, some companies will charge additional fees if you cross the state boundaries, use the car at night, are below a specified age, or are not a local citizen. You can bargain these terms to reduce the total costs. If the company asks you to pay an excess insurance waiver, check whether your travel insurance has a car rental insurance add-on. If it does, you likely will not have to pay the excess cover. 

When renting a car, determine how long you need to rent it, inspect the vehicle and negotiate the rental terms in your favour.  

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