Rental Car Tips: How to Choose the Best One
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Published by TOP4 Team
Renting a car can make a big difference in any vacation. It allows you to leave your resort area for shopping and sightseeing whenever and wherever you want without relying on public transportation. Choosing the right car for your party will maximise the enjoyment and, on the other hand, minimise your costs. These tips will guide you to find the right rental car that will fulfil your needs.
1. Count the total number of people that you might carry. If you're visiting family or friends, you may want to ride together for meals or activities. Middle seats and rear seats in some vehicles are fine for small children but may be uncomfortable for adults. Choose a vehicle that offers a comfortable seating for everyone.
2. Pile up everything you need to take in the journey, from suitcases to surfboards. Car rental websites generally list the number of average-sized bags each car can handle but don't account for oversize or oddly shaped items. Use the Internet to conduct a research about the total cargo capacity that you need for the items you'll take and measure your pile to make sure it will fit.
3. Perform an Internet search for the fuel economy of the cars you're considering. Hybrids generally get the best gas mileage but aren't widely available. Small cars generally get better fuel economy than vans or trucks. You should balance gas mileage against comfort when choosing your rental car.
4. Read the vehicle descriptions on various rental agency websites. Some rental agencies offer extra features such as DVD player or GPS system in their vehicles, although the price will be more expensive. In the US, air conditioning and automatic transmissions are standard, while you may pay extra expenses for these items in other countries. Find out if your car insurance or credit card agency covers rental insurance, which is generally a pricey add-on.
5. Compare several rental agencies and locations to find the best price. Check out aggregators online and check the prices at multiple agencies. Within the same agency, airport rental locations often cost more than nearby branches. If you’ll rent at a non-airport area, be sure to consider the cost of transportation to and from the facility. Expect that you’ll pay some extra fee if you're under 25. Consider taxes, fees, and surcharges when making your comparison.
6. Check the car thoroughly before driving away. Perform a walk-around inspection, look for visible damage and note any problems on the contract. Ensure that the headlights, windows, and power steering are all working properly and note the location and operation of the gas tank. Don't accept a car that makes you uncomfortable in any way.