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Tips And Suggestions On Car Rental

Nov 16, 2007
There are several things that you need to be aware of if you plan to rent a car for your vacation.

There are many car rental agencies that would be more than willing to conduct business with you so you don't have to worry about where to rent. The choice is up to you as to whether you will be choosing the services of a national franchise or a smaller car rental company. It is just important to bear in mind that you know you are dealing with a reputable agent when you can select from a wide selection of cars whether it is compact economy ones or the luxury types. The cars should be in good shape and have the basic features like power steering, air conditioning, automatic transmission and others. The car rental company should also be able to provide options like luggage racks or car seats if necessary. As much as possible, secure important information before you make any reservation.

Most people would want to get competitive rates and the best deal possible so they spend quite some time reviewing major car rental companies. But going through numerous companies can be tedious and time consuming. For those of you who do not have the luxury of time to go through many car rental companies in order to conduct some comparison shopping, you can consider travel related websites to do the price comparison shopping for you. In this manner, you spend less time researching. The disadvantage though is that some travel websites don't extend the website offers and savings of car rental companies. So basically, it will all boil down to the amount of time you are willing to spend researching or opting for travel related websites instead.

Also, you should check with your insurance agent if your policy on personal automobile insurance covers accidents, damages, theft or loss related to the rental car. Being aware of such will prevent you from spending on any car rental insurance which you don't exactly need. Check as well with your credit card company for any protection or benefits provided when you will be using your credit card when renting the car.

If you are planning to rent a car for your overseas travel, reserve your car rental through your travel agent. Upon reaching your foreign destination have the rental agent go you through the car's features as overseas cars can be different from those that you may normally drive back in your own country. Be keen on the differences and be familiar too with the foreign country's traffic rules and road signs.

Do not drive when under the influence of alcohol or drugs for your insurance will not cover should any untoward accidents occur. Always wear a seatbelt. Aside from the fact that it is required by law in most countries worldwide, the seatbelt can definitely help save your life.
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