You might well be a regular hirer of cars. Perhaps you’re constantly in and out of the country on business or you borrow a hatchback for visiting friends every few months or so. If so, you probably know your way around the car hiring process and all the things to watch for. You may however be a relative novice. Perhaps you’re due to jump in a hire car soon and aren’t sure of the protocol… But whether you’re a car rental amateur or a seasoned vehicle borrowing pro, you can always be caught out. As they say, knowledge is power – so we’ve put together a few top tips on renting a car and a few things to keep your eyes peeled for. We hope it helps!
Check the fuel situation
What’s been agreed? Are you talking the keys with a full tank of petrol? Half? Are you expected to refuel when you drop it back off? If you are and you don’t – you’ll be penalised with your deposit…
Check the small print
Don’t assume you know the deal. Many suppliers’ terms and conditions vary and they often tend to amend them. We’re not saying you need to get your solicitor on the case and dedicate a week to it, but do read the contract in full. It’s better to be safe than sorry after all, eh?
Make sure your temporary policy covers you for all eventualities. And be prepared for some companies to deduct the excess amount upfront. Don’t be afraid to ask the company upfront to find out how much they’ll be deducting.
Get the best deal
Don’t rush into the first offer you hear. Shop around. The best way to do that is to head over to us here at Car Rentals for the best deal!
Watch the clock
It might sound obvious, but don’t return your wheels late. Penalty fees are often applicable even if you’re only an hour or so late. The hire company will need to check the car over while you’re there, so don’t just presume you can drop it off and leave. Factor that half hour in your day.
Make sure that the vehicle is in tip-top condition when you pick it up. If you spot anything suspect with the car (scratches, things like that), then make sure the hire firm makes a note of it. You don’t want to be getting stung for other people’s damage.
How old are you?
Many hire companies have minimum age requirements. Some are 21, some 23 and some even 25. Almost all require you to have been driving for a full year.
It doesn’t end there…
Don’t just forget all about it once you’ve dropped the car off. Be sure to check your statement afterwards. Added extras may have been inadvertently added to your bill. It’s doubtful you’re being ripped off, it’s probably human error or a misunderstanding. It’s definitely worth a look.
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