No doubt everyone wants to know some useful tips that how to find affordable rental cars. We are going to share some tips and our suggestions which will help you to find your best deal, so you can explore the right car and start your journey with satisfactory rents. There is nothing special than a good and exciting road experience, especially when traveling with family or friends. The road trip is a good fun and you can see new destinations with your own vehicle. It brings you the best stability and helps you to reach those off the tourist trail places as well as more comfortable to carry luggage. If you are looking for affordable rental cars, there are few tips to be aware of, so that you end up booking your best deal.
18 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY ON RENTAL CARS
1. Booking in advance
You can get a better deal when you book car rental online in advance rather than a counter booking and it’s an easy and fast way as well. It is also recommended to book online so that you don’t have to negotiate at the airport after a long, tiring flight. After an online booking by any app of a rental car, there is no need to carry any file of documents with you as proof of car hire.
2. Check prices frequently
It is better to check prices frequently as there is a chance that prices can change because different days can have different rates. It is better to use an aggregator site so that you can search all the main car rental companies, definitely, it’s quick and stress-free. The best thing about renting a car is that bookings or reservations can be canceled and re-booked without fees most of the times, but the credit card doesn’t get charged until you pick-up the car. If you do book early with no cancellation penalties and the price drops before you receive your car you will be able to cancel and re-book. There is always a chance to drop their prices just before a weekend if they have excess stock.
4. Book the suitable car
There is a need to think carefully about the type of required car. Mostly the big SUV and fancy sports cars are more attractive, but it is better to think about fuel consumption and the practicalities of your car. Always think of a comfortable car to enjoy your road trip. Book the lowest class car you’ll comfortably need, and you may be getting a free upgrade at the counter,! It is recommended to ensure that you can afford the increased fuel costs of an upgraded bigger car!
5. Better to avoid the airport location
It is observed that Off-airport locations are typically affordable than airport locations. Try to look at nearby locations, it is a good way to save money. Just make sure the downtown branch is not on the outskirts of the city limits meaning a long and costly taxi ride.
Indeed this strategy is great applied in cities that have efficient and reasonable public transport to get you to the dealer without any hassle.
6. Be wary of one-way drop off fees
The one-way drop off fee can be huge and make it harder to find out the cheap and affordable rental cars. Where possible plan your trip so that you return your rental car to its location.
7. Save on a day’s rental
In case you need to rent a car after some days, you can take the complimentary shuttle to your place and book a car for the next day. You’ll save a day’s rental and should pay less for being an off-airport location and repeat the same at the end of your trip.
8. Check the unlimited mileage options
First, ensure your rental including the option of unlimited mileage and you can take your car where you need to go. It is also mandatory to worry about getting stung for any excess miles.
9. Age requirements
In most of the companies, the minimum required rental age is 21 years. Additional fees can apply with certain car rental companies for drivers aged under 25 years or over 65 years. They are known as more at “risk” drivers.
10. Check the policy of fuel
It is observed that some rental car companies policy is to return the car with the same amount of fuel it had in the tank at the time of pick-up. Some others fuel policy is for renters to purchase the first tank of fuel and may drop the car off empty – in which case, there may be no refund for unused fuel. Where the car hire company charges for fuel, the cost will be than a local petrol station.
11. Fee of additional driver
Extra fees might apply for additional drivers. Besides, in some countries spouses are authorized as an additional driver according to the law. It is mandatory to add the name of the additional driver in the contract to make any valid required insurance claims. It is recommended to never take risk of driver’s fatigue, a few extra Dirhams are nothing when it comes to your safety and that of others on the road!
12. Additional state taxes and fees
Keep in your mind, it is mandatory to be aware about additional state fees and taxes and that may apply if you want to cross state borders or want to enter in another country and always speak truth about where you are taking the car, because if you have an issue you might be not able to covered by insurance!
13. Decline the GPS (Navigation system)
In case the navigation system of a car is an extra add-on, skip it, it is better to use the Google maps app on your phone to save some extra expense.
14. Save on insurance
If you use a certain credit card to pay for your rental car, it can be the alternative of insurance, as the credit card company can provide it for you before travel you should ask to your card carrier, and you MUST use that card to book the rental.
As well as you should check your current auto insurance company to see that a rental car abroad would be covered under your current policy and you should ask your insurance provider to know if extra insurance required.
15. Ask about special discounts
If you qualify for senior citizen, AAA, credit card and frequent flier program discounts or add-on offers? These discounts can all add up and help you with finding cheap or affordable rental cars
16. Child safety seat
If you want to travel with a little one, it is better to arrange your own child safety seat to save your little one completely.
17. Inspect your car before driving away
It is recommended to you to test your rental car through inspection before driving, in case of any damage fill in the documentation (get a copy) and take some pictures so you have a time & date stamp. If you want to save yourself from the blame for the damage.
18. Check the statement of credit card
When you have completed your rental, there is need to check your credit card statement to make sure about any extra charges which weren’t added that you didn’t receive.
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