When you travel abroad you will face a lot of different fees from different places. Taxes are going to be different, you will pay additional security fees for your airfare, and you will even pay fees to exchange your money! There are a number of things you must avoid when it comes to car rental, things that can save you money in the long run and ensure you only pay what you were quoted and not for any unexpected extras.
Avoid Airport Pick Up
Avoid airport pick up because airports charge the hire car company for the privilege of having the convenience of location, that charge will be passed on to you. The only way to avoid it is to look at the options for picking up your hire vehicles in a place other than the airport. If you can get round the inconvenience of traveling to pick up your car then you may be saving yourself a tidy sum of money.
Another common mistake is when you receive a car rental with half a tank of fuel, ensure you return it with the same amount of fuel. Many car rental companies will provide you with enough fuel to get you to your hotel or the next petrol station, but the contract will advise you are to return the vehicle with the same amount of fuel. If you don’t, the car rental company will charge you and in mot instances, this charge is a premium rate as they have to send someone out with the vehicle to buy the fuel.
Avoid GPS or Baby Seat
Don’t pay for extra services. When it comes to car rental, you will be given the vehicle you have chosen with the additions included. Bt what about a baby seat? What about GPS? Some companies will charge for these extras at a daily rate, which soon adds up. If you have a baby or child, take your car seat from home, you can out it in with your other luggage and it won’t cost you, in fact it will only save you money. The same applies with your GPS, it may be cheaper to download maps for another coutry than to pay the rate the car rental company charges per day for rental of one of their devices, especially if it’s a country you visit or want to visit on a regular basis.
Avoid car hire excess insurance offered by the rental company
One of the biggest mistakes people make when arranging car rental for their next holiday is to take car excess insurance offered by the renal company. Insurance is expensive and car rental companies will provide you with third party insurance. Remember third party insurance only covers third party property and vehicles and does not cover the vehicle you are driving. Purchase your own excess insurance, it may be a cheaper solution in the long run.
Avoid late return charges
Late return charges are a common fee that car hire companies charge, yet this one is quite easy to avoid. Find out the specific time that you need to return the car. This will be different with each company, Some will start your rental day at the time you rent the car, while others have a specific hour that they expect cars to be returned. Even if you return the car on the right day, if it is returned at the wrong time you will be charged a late return fee. This can be as much as a full day’s rental, even if the car is just an hour late.
Exactly what constitutes a clean car? Get a good understanding and a list if possible. Also check out the car before you leave with a company employee to identify any problems with cleanliness so you don’t get slugged with cleaning fees upon return for someone else’s mess.
Some vehicles may have unlimited kilometers included in the overall costing. Be sure to find out before choosing your vehicle. If you exceed a daily kilometer limit the extra can add up as a hidden or miscalculated cost.
Ask about smoking inside the car. Even if it is fitted with ashtrays you may not be permitted to have cigarettes in the vehicle. Smoking leaves behind a strong odor and apart from an extra charge for smoking you will probably also face a large cleaning bill.
Avoid Unsealed Roads
Get clear directions on where you can drive the vehicle and where you are not permitted to take it. Many unsealed roads are not allowable. If you have a breakdown or accident on one of these types of roads you will be charged and possibly the insurance voided.
Have drivers who are the right age
Most hire car companies will charge an additional fee for young or old drivers. Those who are under 25 or over 70 will cost more as drivers on your rental agreement. To avoid this fee, try to have someone in your group who is between 25 and 70 to serve as the driver. Additionally, you will pay a fee if you add more than one driver to the contract.
Renting a car overseas requires a bit of planning and some research, but it can be a fairly pleasant experience. Make sure you know what fees to watch for, avoid them when possible, and rent the car that you need to enjoy your trip. Soon you will be on the road exploring the country of your choice in a comfortable, and affordable rental car.