As a traveller to a foreign country, you will think that renting a car will save your money and time. That’s because you will not be in need for paying for several taxis or waiting for the public buses. In reality, this is true. But you may pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for the car rental companies if you are not aware of the car rental secrets. Here are a few tips to economize and save your money when you rent a car.
It is widely known that the profits of the car rental companies are increasing everyday on the expenses of the mistakes of their customers. For instance, the US car rental companies’ revenue exceeded $24 billion using only 1.857 million cars in 2012. That’s why you should know what to do from the beginning of the rental to the minute of giving it back to the company.
Before you sign the rental contract with the company, try to inspect the car to see if there are any dents or scratches, which should be noted in the contract. Then, make sure that your personal auto insurance or even credit card covers the damages of the rental cars to avoid purchasing any coverage from the rental company. It will be a good idea if you can bring your travelling extras such as a radio, GPS system, and child seat because you will need extra fees to rent them. In the contract, you will decide who will be the driver, or the drivers. It would be better to choose one adult driver because you will pay extra fees for the additional drivers; especially if they are under 25 years.
At your way, it will be a good idea to define the location of the nearest fuel station to refuel the car when you came back. At the end of your trip, try to come back early not to pay additional money for a whole hour or even day and don’t take the car to the airport to avoid paying the taxes instead of the company.