How To Get Your Money’s Worth With Car Rentals
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Published by TOP4 Team
You can hire just about any mode of transportation in the Land Down Under. You can rent a bus, a beach buggy, a motorcycle, a scooter, and with some fairly specific services, a horse-drawn carriage it turns out.
Of course, while it is lovely and pleasant (but not for the horse doing all the work), a traditional carriage isn’t going to take you very far. Also, it might be slow, unless you’ve opted for a racehorse.
So you’re left with hiring or renting a car. It’s dependable and not as queer as a carriage travelling down CBD roads. But whether you’re simply in town to visit and need a car to get around or need a sophisticated vehicle for entertaining clients, you need to get your money’s worth from a car rental.
Here are some worthy things to consider before signing that rental agreement.
Do your booking early.
If you have time to make arrangements, book early instead of hiring on the fly. When you book early, you are bound to get better rates and you will have a much broader selection of cars. There’s no need to deal with the unfortunate choice of picking between a red compact car and a blue compact car.
The Internet is not dark and full of trolls — it’s full of bargains and information.
You’re lucky to live in an age when shopping is done from the comforts of home and, for the really comfortable, one’s birthday suit. Car rentals are best experienced when you know more about the company you are renting from, and what competitors have to offer.
Some car rental companies have bargain rates; others offer longer free kilometres at affordable rates.
While you’re online and looking up rates and bargains, take the time to read customer reviews. It helps to choose reputable consumer sites so you know you’re getting legitimate assessments from actual customers.
Save yourself the surprise of the bill and go with an all-inclusive rate.
Who has the patience to calculate, especially when on a holiday? Go with car rental companies that provide all-inclusive rates, with insurance, compulsory fees, and other charges.
Always read your car rental contract.
Some limitations may apply with your car rental. For instance, your sedan isn’t for driving on dirt roads and beaches. Know your limitations with the car hire.
Make sure you can actually drive in the country.
Finally, aside from making sure you’re comfortable driving on the left-hand side of the road, you need to have a valid driver’s license — that’s in English. Travellers generally have an international license.