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Car Hire Pointers For Travellers

Aug 12, 2008
Whenever travelling a long list of factors must be considered in order to secure the correct services and accommodation. One major consideration is the car hire company to use. Whenever travelling by air, car hire is an ideal solution for the onward journey. Most companies now have desks in the major airports meaning that no matter where you are in the world, a hire car is never far away. Hopefully the following information will give travellers a better idea of how to secure the best deal when hiring a vehicle.

It is worth remembering that if you are part of an airline's frequent flyer program it may be possible to gain discounts with specific car hire companies. Many airlines have partnerships with renters as they understand that large numbers of air travellers use hire cars after landing. So when booking your air tickets it may be advisable to enquire whether a discount could be gained at the rental desk.

With the encroachment of the internet in nearly all sectors of life, it is understandable that so many people now decide to book their rental hire car online. Online booking systems not only make the task easier, but many of the larger companies offer discounts for those booking online. In some cases the incentive to book online can be great; with a little research it is possible to gain as much as ten percent off the eventual price.

Understanding the rental agreement is fundamentally an important part of the hire process. Part of this will be reading through the agreement and assessing the level of insurance cover included. Liability is an important consideration as some clauses will place responsibility wholly upon the hirer. Additionally it is important to add any other persons who may drive the vehicle to the rental agreement. If these additional drivers do happen to have an accident, the company will enforce a large payment for the damage as they were not covered in the initial agreement.

Whenever booking a hire vehicle it is important to receive a booking conformation number. Normally when booking online this is sent automatically via email although if booking over the phone it is important to make a note of this number; this is important as the conformation number acts as a proof of purchase. Understandably the last thing you want when at the hire desk is to find out that your car has been given to another customer. Additionally some airport based desks have provisions to take note of your flight number to ensure that even if the flight is delayed, the car will be kept for you.

It is usually advisable to go for the smaller cars in the rental range unless you have a specific reason for hiring a car that requires a lot of space. Even if you have booked a small car, the chance of gaining an upgrade when at the desk is a possibility, in some cases for no extra charge. For those with an environmental conscience however, a smaller, more fuel efficient car will obviously be preferable.

Hopefully with this advice gaining a great deal on a hire car should be a possibility. Ultimately a rental vehicle is a tool to be used for an onward journey, by making sure that you hire a vehicle that meets your needs you should be able to keep costs down to a minimum whilst receiving an unrivalled service.
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Travel expert Thomas Pretty looks into the most importnat considerations when looking to utilise car hire services.
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