Guide to Rental Cars in the USA
Have you ever thought of renting a rental car on your next big trip? Rental cars happen to be a great chance for you to try out the latest vehicle models in the market to see if you might just want to get one just like it. Aside from the essentials (your driver's license, a full tank of gas, and directions to your ultimate destination), here are some useful tips and tricks on using rental that you will need on your next vacation.
- Find out the minimum rental car age requirement. There are various companies out there that will refuse to rent cars to anyone less than 25 years of age, while the minimum age for other companies may be 21.
- Compare and contrast online prices at various travel agents on the internet. Some rental car rates may change by the day, so it would be smart to invest a lot of time and patience into this particular projected. This would be easy if you are truly motivated since you will need to check out the prices quite a few times. Keep in mind that rental prices may also raise since insurance, steep taxes, drop-off charges, and gas tank re-fills will also add to the overall price. Cheaper rates may be available at local companies; however, they may not have the latest cars available for you to rent. Also, keep in mind that the rates for rental cares may vary even if they are in the same general area. In general, however, choosing rental cars in locations that aren't in the airport should be enough to help you keep the price to a minimum. It would also be smart to find out if you can get a discount or a free upgrade. Car rental companies oftentimes do not offer this until you ask.
- Don't expect too much from rental cars. Rental car classes are completely different depending on where you go. Even top-of-the-line rental cars won't come with heated seats as some private cars may have. Usually, rental cars are just base models.
- If you plan on going to a popular location at peak travel times, make sure you book your rental cars early. Make sure that you only rent what you really need. There is no need to pay for a GPS navigational system, a DVD player or a satellite radio since you probably won't have much use for these things. Don't pay double for car insurance, either. Make sure you get to know your insurance agency or credit company's coverage first and always find out the cancellation policy before you give out your credit card number.
- Before you leave the rental car agency's parking lot, take close and total inspection of the rental car. Look for dents, broken lights, scratches, and other unsafe things that you may need to report. Before you return your rental car, make sure that you fill up the gas. Never return your rental car empty; this will merely give the company the excuse to charge you with a premium since they will have to deal with the tank refills.
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