Lowest Rates Vs. A Good Bargain
The thing is, Car Rental market is very competitive one and rates differences for comparable quality and service are relatively small, sometimes as small as $10 to $20. These minuet price differences are going to vanish in the wind when you think about the long lines and lost time in the cheapest tenant counter, drop charges for distant destinations, late return penalties, and gas inflated prices as well as other service charges you didn’t consider when you shopped for the”best deal”.
Don’t get us wrong, we do not like to pay higher costs more than you can.
We do recommend to shop around and check the various rates available,
Especially when it’s so easy to do it via the Internet at comparison sites.
We all say here you need to consider other things beside the price and when
You compare please make sure you compare apples to apples and not apples to apples.
Things to consider when ordering a rented a car
Who is using the vehicle, are you by yourself on a business trip or you’re traveling with the whole family? How much luggage are you going to have, does the car you are thinking about is big enough to have you plus all of your hand luggage and large suitcases? If not, consider to change to a mini van or a car with extra large trunk.
Do you want an Infant seat or a child booster? Make sure that it is mentioned clearly with your order, usually there’s a shortage of those seats and they’re provided for extra charge. Check the state laws for where you’re traveling.
A new law in Denver for example, requires Booster Seats for all 4 and 5 year olds who are not 55 inches tall.
Do you actually want the car in the city or city at the first couple of days? Otherwise, consider to take a cab, a bus, a train or the hotel shuttle into the city and when it’s time for you to go out of town and travel around, then, rent the car from town location and by that save up to 15 percent on Air-Port charges in addition to on city parking prices.
Are you going to a very hot and humid destination? If yes, it’s recommended to order a car with air conditioning, normally the price difference is negligible, the problem is that it’s not available in most destinations like in some European countries.
Most major rental car companies allow for unlimited mileage in the exact same state, but it is a fantastic idea to check their policy before confirming. Many smaller local independent companies charge mileage after 100-200 free miles per day.
As mentioned before price is not the only factor to consider when choosing a car rental company. If you opt for a very little, no-name company, do not expect them to offer you service across all state or continent, what would you do if the vehicle is required to be replaced or serviced for some reason?
Frequent or Preferred Renter Programs and affiliations
Frequent renter programs, Like airlines and hotels, major car rental companies track their clients’ rental histories and offer preferential service to loyal customers. Most of the major companies provide frequent renter programs which are similar to airline frequent-flyer programs and hotel frequent-guest programs.
Preferred tenant clubs, Most major car rental companies also offer preferred renter programs or clubs (one example is the Hertz #1 Club). When you belong to one of these clubs, you get preferential treatment, such as automatic updates when those cars are readily available. You can join these programs at any time, even if you’re a first-time tenant with that corporation.
While basic-level club memberships are usually free, higher-level memberships (as in the Hertz #1 Gold Club, which permits you to bypass the rental counter) generally come with a price tag. What most people do not realize is that it is often possible to avoid the membership fee simply by writing or calling your car rental company and asking them to waive it. They will do it because the car rental industry is very competitive, and they need your business
If you are still faced with a steep rate, consider getting reductions based on your affiliations with organizations like AARP, AAA or others. These discounts are usually not great, but they are better than nothing.
Furthermore, check for corporate rates if appropriate to your own situation.
Automobile Rental Insurance
Some of the Insurance terms appear to be confusing, let us try to clear them out first.
CDW – Collision Damage Waiver.
LDW – Loss Damage Waiver.
PDW – Physical Damage Waiver.
PAI – Personal Accident Insurance.
PEC – Personal Effects Coverage.
ALI – Additional Liability Insurance.
Lots of the Credit Cards have most of those policy, therefore it is not
Mandatory to purchase excessive coverage. It’s better to test this issue
With your travel agent, insurance agent and your credit card company a head of time. Some Car rental companies require that you show proof of insurance.
Also be aware that your personal insurance probably doesn’t apply to your rental car when traveling abroad. All this is somewhat complicated and at times confusing because there are no industry standards for terminology and policies vary by locations.
Important things to check and do before leaving the Air-Port
After a long flight and the waiting in lines for your luggage and afterwards for
Your keys in the car rental counter, it’s understandable you only need to take the rented car and drive away to your hotel, but wait! Here is a list of items you must check first.
Start by making a careful check around the car, look for any tiny dents or scratches, if you find some, do not be lazy, go back to the office and ask a representative of the leasing company to write down all of these dents, request a copy of that report. Other wise you might be liable for damages you did not perform.
Open the trunk, be sure you have a spare tire, a jack and set of tools, there’s noting more irritating than to find out in the middle of nowhere that you don’t have a jack if you will need to replace a flat tire.
Many car companies will supply you with an extra key if you request one. This can be convenient for some of us who are absent minded.
It is recommended to spend some time to get acquainted with the cars’ features and switches, be sure you know where the lights switches are, the way to operate the windshield wipers, the air conditioner and also set your favorite radio channels in addition to set your side mirrors. It might be quiet frustrating to struggle with the new switches while driving, when all of a sudden it starts raining.
Ensure you have a map and it is far better to spend few more minutes and plan your driving route.
Last but certainly not least, If you have a lot of luggage, don’t park the car in the parking lot and go for lunch, in most nations, this is an easy target for
The thieves, It is much better to get some sandwiches and drinks in the air-port, or stop somewhere along the road for refreshing but never leave the car unattended.
In case you are involved in a Car Accident
These are the most important pieces of information to collect from the parties that are involved: full name, mailing address, telephone number, insurance information, and drivers’ license number.
Also try to get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Take note of the car’s make, color, brand and license plate number.
Try to pinpoint the exact time and location of the accident. If the police get involved, make certain that you receive a copy of their report. Do not forget to notify your insurance agent immediately and notify the car rental business.
They’ll let you know about their injury procedure.
If you bought insurance through the car rental company, they might have to make the claim. If there is damage to the rental car, there will be much paper work to finish
Make certain any involved parties are ok. Any injuries should be taken care of ASAP.
Call the police and/or ambulance (if necessary), and then call the car rental agency. Be as cooperative as possible. The car rental agency will have its own policies concerning accidents.
Exchange information with the affected parties. Try to record everything on the scene. Your notes should include details of the crash, identification of the autos and individuals involved, and the names and badge numbers of all emergency personnel.
Take pictures if possible. If you are on holiday, you will probably have a camera handy .
File an accident report with the police, and report the claim to your credit card company or insurer.
When returning the Auto
Make all necessary arrangements to return the car on time, that includes looking the location in the map especially if you return the car in a foreign city.
Late return charges are high and arbitrary, secondly, if you’re late, you likely won’t have the time to fill the car with gas yourself and the rental company will charge you exorbitant inflated gasoline prices.
In case you return the vehicle in a city place on Sunday, it may be that the station will be deserted, it is going to let you in via automated gate, be sure that you take the card and leave it on the dashboard, this is your recorded time of arrival.
Furthermore, lock the car, take the keys along with your rental contract and insert them into the designated box.