It is usually cheaper to rent a car when you go on a vacation. Do you know the reason behind it? This is because the rental car companies buy the vehicles in bulk in a much cheaper rate and sell them after a short period. In the meantime, they offer these vehicles at rent to make profit. This is the reason why you get such vehicles at relatively cheaper rate. However, you might be paying more on your rental car than what you're supposed to pay. Have a look at the following things which you need to consider while taking a vehicle on rent.
- Do not opt for class upgradation - You may have come across this situation - your car rental company asking you to upgrade to a big car since you have quite a lot of luggage. If you do not agree to their proposal, then the company might provide you with a full-size car where your entire luggage will accommodate.
- You may not have to buy damage waiver insurance - Usually the rental car companies offer insurance coverage named âdamage waiver' insurance. Before going for this, check out whether or not your own car insurance policy offers this coverage without any extra cost. If you have this coverage, then you may save paying about $26 per day, which otherwise you'd have to pay to the rental car company.
- Check out how you are paying for the rental - Your credit card company might offer rental car insurance; however, do you know that it is valid only if you pay through that card? You need to pay the base rate with that credit card in order to get the privilege. Therefore, it is better to not redeem your points or miles in exchange for a free rental car, since the extra insurance coverage you will require, will reduce the value of your award.
- Do not take GPS from your rental car company - You might have to pay about $12 per day to rent a GPS (Global Positioning System) from your car rental company. The same thing goes for your car seat as well. So, do not rent such things from the company and buy one instead. So, if needed, always carry such things with you in order to save significant dollars.
Therefore, next time you rent a car, carefully consider these things so as to not be a victim of these sales pitches. This will help you save significant amount of your hard-earned dollars. Moreover, also shop around and compare the rates with various rental car companies to get the best deal. So, while visiting a place, browse through the internet and have a talk with the rental car companies in that area, so that you can comparison shop and choose the company that is best suitable to you.