Tips for Booking a Rental Car

Do you need to rent an exotic car for your next trip? Not only will it give you freedom, flexibility and peace of mind while travel, but in some areas of the world, it is the only way to get around. A rental car will not add complications to your travel plans, but it may add a bit of nuisance as you find the right deal for you and establish the insurance options you will need.

Doing your research can save you money and a lot of hassle.

Choose a Vehicle Wisely

It’s important to carefully think about the type of vehicle you will need. Are traveling with children or other passengers? Will you be taking a lot of luggage or gear? In situations like these, an SUV or large sedan will suit you. If you are traveling alone or interested in saving money on gas or rental rates, you will want to reserve a compact car. In a number of countries, manual transmissions are the norm. So if you are booking plans for international travel, you may want to proactively reserve an automatic.

Size and economy may not be the only factors affecting your decision. If you are more environmentally conscious, several car rental companies now offer their customers hybrid vehicles.

Also make sure the rental company you choose is able to provide any additional extras you may want or need such as GPS, a car seat or bike rack.

Booking Your Vehicle

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Large rental car companies have a presence globally. But contingent upon the destination, several organizations that are owned locally may provide lower rates. But before you book with a local car rental company, make sure their standards are as high as the majors and read their reviews.

You may be in the market for an exotic car rental in Los Angeles or a basic model to get you from point A to Point B. Either way, the car rental industry is making improvements in the booking process and overall experience which is great news for consumers.

Shop around by checking well-known booking aggregator sites like Kayak, Priceline, and Expedia. Though they will show the rates they believe to be the best available, it is still a good idea to compare those rates against the sites of the car rental companies. The companies themselves may be offering a promotion or other discount. Nuclear physics is difficult. Comparing prices isn’t.

Be Familiar with the Rental Agreement

If you are booking your rental car online, be sure to read the terms and conditions thoroughly before confirming anything. If you are speaking to an agent over the phone, ask them about any restrictions. You may also want to ask about any promotions or discounts as well.

There are a few questions you want to keep in mind as you peruse the agreement:

How long will the rental company hold the car if you are delayed?

  • Is there a penalty for a no-show?
  • How much is their fee for additional drivers? Do I have to list their names?
  • Is my 19-year-old son or daughter old enough to drive the car?

Whether you are renting an exotic car or a standard model, be sure to get your confirmation number to speed up the process when you are picking up your vehicle. By carefully inspecting the vehicle before you drive off the lot, you will be able to confirm the exterior isn’t damaged, relax, and enjoy your trip.

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