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A Hassle Free And Great Car Rental Experience

Mar 18, 2008
If you made the necessary preparations, getting a car rental for a personal or family trip vacation shouldn't be any hassle at all.

The earlier you make the reservation the better. The reservation should be made for at least a week in advance. But before you make that reservation be aware of the company's cancellation policies, on whether you will be required to pay for a cancellation fee or there is the necessity for an advance notice of a number of days to avoid penalty charges.

The car rental company that you will be selecting should be based on the following criteria namely price, service and availability. If you frequently travel, major car rental companies offer discounts and promos for repeat customers. If you travel only occasionally, you should make price comparisons based on the vehicle type you will be renting, the inclusive dates of the trip and the location. Bear in mind that vehicles rented out at the airport will have an airport surcharge or tax. Getting a rental car from a non-airport location will help you avoid this. A very important consideration as well would be the service. Do they offer roadside assistance in instances when the car breaks down accidentally? Can you easily contact them because they operate 24 hours?

Car rental companies would be selling you car rental insurance. Under the right circumstances, each of these different policies provide benefits but it is of utmost importance that you read the provisions including the exclusions and limitations before you get one.

Despite the added fees, any additional drivers should be included in the rental contract to avoid it from being void and compromising any claims on the car rental company's insurance and your personal insurance coverage as well. Many companies actually do not charge extra fees for a spouse.

Car rental companies offer two options of either paying for the fuel in advance and bringing it empty or refueling the vehicle yourself. Just think which works to your advantage. If you know that you will not be able to consume the entire full tank, you could save if you will refuel by yourself.

Before driving off in your rental car, thoroughly inspect the vehicle for any existing scratches, dents and damage. Ensure that these are noted in the contract for you are typically held responsible for any damage to the vehicle beyond the normal wear and tear.

Abide by the terms of the contract such as mileage restrictions (if applicable), restricted activities, etc. to avoid penalties. Return the rental car on time to avoid paying for extra charges.
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