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Why Not Try Budget Car Rental?

May 10, 2008
The next time you are on vacation or business, forget using taxis and use a budget car rental instead; taxis can be an expensive proposition when you are on vacation or business if you intend to use them every day. You will need to check carefully before you rent a budget car or you may end up with a vehicle with the power of a quad bike.

I am not trying to put you off renting a car, just making sure you are aware that some companies will try to rent you something that will not be suitable. To avoid this here are a few tips to get the best deal out of your rental car.

The first easy option is to be in control of what you spend by finding a budget car rental company online that lets you set your own financial limit. Some of these sites are just comparison sites but well worth your time as they have done all the hard work for you.

If you are lucky and decide to book a fly and drive deal for instance, then you may find the rental car company has upgraded your vehicle but this is less likely if you book with the airline themselves. Of course the airlines realize they have a captive audience when people visit their site to book a flight and do not need to discount their car rental.

There are bargains to be found on the internet and that also means budget car rentals as well. Often the discounts you are offered are only available to online customers. Do not always take the first offer that comes your way, unless you are limited on time because there are bound to be other discount offers available if you have the time to take a look. Plus, and this is the good bit; all this can be done from your home.

Don't forget to ask for any special offers if you are making a booking over the phone because if you do not ask, you are less likely to be given a discount and you may even find your credit card company has incentives with particular budget car rental agency. If you are a member of the military or government, you may be eligible for discounts negotiated with a number of rental companies on your behalf.

Another tip is to check you rental car carefully and let the company know of any damage you find before you drive away. For your own peace of mind and financial well-being, check out all of the vehicles controls and make sure everything that is fitted works so you won't have to pay for something that was faulty when you drove it away.

Now we pass the subject of protection because sometimes your own car policy will cover the rental car insurance required. Check this out before you take out any additional coverage from the rental firm. Even though rental car insurance isn't going to cost you a fortune, there is no point in paying it if you are already covered; even though it may not seem important, driving without auto insurance can land you in a ton of trouble.

It may not seem important but driving without auto insurance can land you in a great deal of trouble and it just isn't worth it.
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