for a rental online has never been this easy until the emergence of seamless
digital markets and online car rental outlets. Today, car rental agencies offer
virtual windows with convenient booking calendars and pricing options, making
it just a few clicks away! Customers can virtually stroll and choose the best
available option and make bookings without stepping out of the house. Easy
access, quick response and seamless money transfer functionalities have helped
this industry grow to new heights.
intervention has resulted into a steep competition, pushed car rental companies
to specifically focus on improving their fleet of vehicles, customer services,
24/7 online support and flawless money transferring system to help customers
finish the process without any barrier.
there are still some do’s and don’ts of car rental. Mind these car rental tips
and tricks to avoid getting burned by all the small details.
1- Do try smaller rental companies: A
large segment of car rental market is dominated by popular rental companies;
however, small independent companies are slowly filling the gap in between.
Despite the hegemony that large car rental companies enjoy, there are a lot of
viable options for budget conscious travelers or for people who are ready to
serve a little more time on digging about the market, rates and trends. The
more car rental companies are pouring in, the more competition is getting
steeper than ever in pricing and variety. So, if you are looking for a vehicle
that suits your need and budget, look out for what small agencies are offering!
Although, renting a car from a reputed company may be more convenient, and
looks reliable but small or mid-level agencies tend to be more responsive to
your needs and budget. New companies innovate more often, not just their fleet
but services to retain existing customers and have new clients, so, why not
cash the opportunity? Gain more insights by checking multiple car rental sites
to have rate comparisons, so that you are able to make informed decisions.
2- Don’t compromise on the vehicle: Before you pick
any vehicle, think about the purpose you are hiring for. If you are renting for
a family or any business trip where you are accompanied by your family and
colleagues, you may need a large sedan or SUV. Or if you are alone, you can go
for the smallest model to save bucks. Discuss your requirement thoroughly
without compromising on the vehicle space or effectiveness, there is no way 6
people can fit in a small car or an old model could take you for a mountain ride.
Be realistic! Focus, on the active features such as automatic or manual
transmission, fuel consumption, tracker, GPS etc. so you are free from
accidents or technical failures on the road.
3- Do ask for a driver: If you are new to any destination, its much easier to look
around for places with a seasoned driver. It would save you both, time and
money. If there are any plans for inter-city traveling, you can share the
responsibility while the driver can rest too. At least he would be there for
any help. Having a driver is important because, you may not know about specific
no-go areas and entering that could cost you must. So if you are in a new
country, make sure you have a proper road-map, a first aid kit and a driver to
help you look around nicely.
4- Don’t forget
to fix rates: Car hire agencies often
look for upscale fixes. So before you book any car online, read all the terms
and conditions carefully while making any reservation. Do your homework and
compare rates for a variety of vehicles to closely understand market trends. If
you are physically trying and testing any car, ask for restrictions and penalty
for not showing up on time or the same day. Also, ask about what would happen
if you drive more than any fixed number of miles? Don’t skip another important
question like, would you pay any less on returning before time? Dig everything
especially about the toll taxes, would those be included or excluded from the
rental companies give prices inclusive of all taxes, so be careful or you may
end up paying extra. Also ensure if the vehicle you’re hiring is legal and is
free from police records. Double check with an authorization hold on your
credit card upon your reservation, which allows a company to keep certain
amount as security. This doesn’t get processed until you fail to return the car
as specified in your contract.
5- Do inspect before signing
any car: Online car booking is
one of the easiest ways to reserve any vehicle, but it takes away the
opportunity from you to check or inspect the vehicle you are signing for. But
as soon as the car arrives your doorstep, check it thoroughly. Don’t forget to
take fuel or mileage reading. Most car rental companies are reluctant about
small things so there is nothing wrong in reminding them about it. However,
some may find damages as a profit making opportunities. So before it gets on
you, make sure you check it before signing any contract. This is why it’s important to give the car
pre-rental inspection. Mark every scratch, ding or dent in record, no matter how
small or insignificant it is so that they may not count all these in your
record. Take notes on the rental agreement, pinpoint even the slightest scratch
or the best you could do is taking pictures of with your mobile or digital
camera to record that you are not responsible for anything that have not
6- Don’t wait for the last minute deals: Generally,
it is believed that last minute deals are cheapest and offer more! Last minute
deals are often targeted to attract customers who are less interested in a
quality drive yet more into saving. However, agencies are smart enough to cover
their costs some way or the other. Therefore, if you are traveling to another
country, book your car one week prior to your flight or at least before you
depart for that country. Never wait for the last minute deals if you are traveling to an unknown destination, where you have no one to receive you.
Early booking could save you from ambiguity, mental stress and offer
flexibility if required at the eleventh hour. Moreover, you have a wider
gallery to select at better rates, whereas discounted deals have restricted
list of vehicles to offer. Why drive any lesser?
7- DO arrange a ‘mini’ road safety kit: Accidents
are always uncalled. Unexpected events may occur, therefore you should be ready
with a mini road safety kit to handle any uncalled emergency. A flash light,
extra battery and first aid equipment would be enough for you to handle any
uncertainty. Even though you’re renting
a car, emergencies and unexpected events can happen. It’s a good idea to pack a
mini-version of your DIY road safety kit and include just-in-case items such as
a flashlight, extra batteries, flares, your roadside assistance card and of
course, your travel assistance membership card in case you get sick or hurt and
need emergency medical assistance when you’re more than 50 miles away from
Last but not least, it is best to trust word of mouth! Ask for reviews and
recommendations from your friends and family. Tried and tested may work for you