Rent a car like a seasoned pro

Renting a car provides you with the freedom of driving a vehicle you want, without the commitment of buying it. There are many benefits to renting a car, such as the low cost, comfort of avoiding packed public transport and when travelling, the freedom to explore on your own rather than in a group where there is a strict itinerary. Renting a car can be an easy experience by knowing what to do and what not to do.

Do use smaller rental companies rather than larger more popular ones. Smaller, independent car rental companies tend to be more invested in customer service and will go out of their way to make sure you get the best deal possible on your rental vehicle, and may even charge lower rates than a larger outlet. Reading USreviews of rental car companies in your area might help you decide who to use.

Do choose the right vehicle. Think about what you are looking for in a car. Are you wanting to take your family on a weekend away? A larger vehicle with bigger trunk space might be  a better option for you. Or are you going on a business trip in another state? A smaller model would cost you less and have better fuel consumption. You are also able to select whether you want an automatic or manual transmission car.

Don’t wait until the last minute to book a rental car. Booking a rental vehicle as early as possible means that you could pay cheaper rates, and have more of a choice of what car you want. As they say, the early bird catches the worm. You can book a car rental online.

Select one driver for the rental car. Having more than one driver’s name listed on the rental agreement might cost you more. If you are travelling in a group, designate one person as the main driver.

Don’t overlook getting insurance. Check with your own insurer if you are covered for rentals. This would save you some money in not having to pay an extra cost for rental insurance. Credit cards like American Express also offer free travel insurance.

Don’t forget to ask about any hidden costs that may arise from renting a car. These would be things like paying penalties if you return the car late, or adding another day’s rental onto your agreement.

Inspect the rental car before you sign any agreements. Make note of any scratches or dents by taking a picture of it with your mobile phone. These can come in handy as proof that you did not cause any damage as the photo will have a time-stamp on it.

Always pack an emergency kit. While most rentals will have the basics in their cars such as jumper cables and even a first-aid kit, make sure you have things like torches, batteries, power banks, etc in case of any emergencies or if you get stuck on the side of the road.