Updated: December 1, 2023
Whether you’re planning a family holiday or your car is going in for repairs and you need a car rental to give you the freedom and independence you need on a daily basis, there are important factors to take into consideration. It’s important to bear in mind that not all car rentals are the same and the deals and vehicles differ from one company to the next.
The first thing to remember when it comes to car rentals is to choose your car carefully. You will find that each car rental company offers a fleet of vehicles from small and compact economy vehicles to SUV’s and group vehicles. It’s best to choose a vehicle based on what you need. If there are two of you with luggage, then a compact car may be the most affordable solution, where if you are a group, choosing a larger vehicle to accommodate all of you with your luggage is a cost effective solution and saves you having to hire a number of smaller vehicles. This also enables you to all travel together, leaving the airport and arriving at your hotel at the same time.
Choose a reputable company that has the knowledge and experience to provide you with the best vehicle deals, options and service. You want a company that has built up a reputation for being reliable and trustworthy. You want to know when making your booking that the car will be where you agreed at the chosen date and time. This eliminates any stress and helps you relax and enjoy your holiday experience from the minute you get on the plane.
Always identify what is included in the price before making any decisions. Not all car rentals are the same. Some companies will charge for certain extras, others will give them for free. If you are looking for a cheap package, you may find that certain things are not included. If you don’t need the inclusions, then it’s not going to affect you and you can enjoy the car rental experience within your budget with ease.
Ensure you speak to the car rentals company or email then to identify if there are any hidden extras that may not be advertised on their website. Some companies will charge extra for insurance, others will only give you a limited number of kilometres for free, after which you are responsible. In all instances, you will be responsible for your own fuel, which is why it’s advisable to take an economical vehicle that you know isn’t going to break the bank as you make your way around the city and explore all it has to offer.
From here you will want to identify if the company offers online booking. Booking in advance is always advisable and can help you save money. You often find booking online over booking on arrival with short notice, provides you with a discounted rate.
If you book online, go through the contract and ensure you are completely happy with the fine print before paying a deposit or confirming your booking.
It’s worthwhile seeing what payment options are offered by the car rentals company. Most companies these days require you have a credit card. This is used to secure your booking, take payments and the card details are held in the event that you have an accident and have to pay excess. There are some companies that will let you pay on arrival in cash, via internet banking or with a debit card. If you don’t have a credit card, then ensure you take note of this and choose a company that can accommodate your payment preference.