Renting a car for your vacation? Make sure you know what you check for when renting a car & learn how to save money on that rental car with these easy tips.
Renting a car for a vacation just makes sense. It saves you money that you’d be spending on taxi rides, and keeps you from enjoying your trip on the schedule of public transportation. But car rental can be daunting for both first-timers and veteran travelers alike. Here are 8 things to keep in mind when you pick up your car from the rental agency.
Use a credit card when picking up the car
Renting a car on KAS Royal is a breeze, but make sure you use a credit card when picking up your wheels. You could use the debit card to your bank, but some rental car companies check your credit score to make sure you can pay any charges. If you use a credit card you won’t need to worry about passing through a credit check. However, you should know that some car agencies will put a hold on some funds from the card until you’re finished with the car. Oh, and don’t think of using a prepaid credit card – many car rental companies won’t accept them.
Keep drivers to a minimum
Whether you’re going on a family vacation or a getaway with some friends, keep a lid on how many of them can drive the car. Try to keep to just two drivers or you’ll be paying more money than you really should.
Shop around on the car insurance
You can get insurance on your rental car from the agency. You could also shave your head, wear a top hat, and claim you’re the Monopoly guy. The insurance at a car rental shop is extremely high, and should only be used if you have exhausted all other options. Take a look at your personal vehicle insurance, which could cover rentals already. You should also give your credit card company a call as many of them offer some type of car rental insurance.
Try not to rent a car at the airport
We know it’s easy to just pick up a car at the airport. But what you may not realize is you’ll wind up paying for the right to pick up the car moments after stepping off the plane. There’s nothing the rental companies can do on this one since they’re obligated to collect and pay these fees to the airport where they do business. You can get around this fee by simply hailing a cab to take you to the car rental shop that isn’t on airport grounds. If you’re renting a car on our site you can actually see where the rental place is clicking on “Show location” on the search results page.
Stay on the paved roads
This one probably sounds pretty obvious, but hear us out. There are not many rental agencies that are fine with you taking a rental car off-roading. And off-roading doesn’t have to be someone going mud running. Let’s say you’re in Ghana and want to visit a scenic part of the beach that doesn’t have a road laid out to it. Same goes for tailgating on a plot of grassy land. Both of those are technically off-roading, and both of them would be a violation of your rental agreement. If you wind up getting stuck in the mud with a rental car in a place where you shouldn’t have been driving, the fees to get it unstuck and cleaned up fall on you.
Fill up the tank before returning the car
Your vacation was a blast, but now it’s time to turn the car in and head home. Only problem is you forgot to bring the car back with an empty tank. Could you let the rental shop fill it up for you? Absolutely, but you could be hit up for up to $8 per gallon. We can all spare 10 minutes and top off the tank before returning the car.
Bring your own extras, when possible
Sometimes you need more than just a car for the trip, and rental car companies are great about having those things you’ll need for your vacation. You can bring some of the extras with you from home. You can use the GPS from the agency you rent from, but your phone has a perfectly good navigation that won’t kill you too much on your data plan. Same thing goes for satellite radio.