If you’re a first-time car renter, you might think the process is simple. While it can seem that way on the outside, there are actually a number of things you need to consider before picking a firm that’s right for you. In this article, we’re going to look at some of the key things you need to look for when deciding to rent a car, and who to rent it from.
What forms of payment do they take?
Some car rental companies will only accept credit cards. That’s right, not even a debit card is acceptable. So if you only have certain payment methods available to you, you need to make sure they work with the rental company you decide to go with.
What are the age limits?
While you might be able to drive at a much younger age, some (even most) rental firms require you to be at least 25. Make sure you’re old enough to drive a car before you choose to rent it.
What is the insurance excess?
While your rental plan will include insurance, it’ll often come with an excess — meaning you’ll have to pay the first amount of damage, up to a certain amount. Check how much the excess is and make sure that works for you, and pay close attention to what you’ll be liable for. You can also get excess insurance, so you might want to have a look into that. Some firms might also stipulate that you won’t be covered in certain locations so make sure you check that against your travel plans.
What locations can you rent from?
Make sure you can rent the car from the specific location that’s relevant to you.
Can you return to a different location?
If you think you might want to return the car to a different location, check if this is possible and if there are any extra charges for doing so.
What are the rules regarding fuel?
Some car rental firms require the car to be returned with a full tank of fuel, while others have different rules, so make sure you know what you need to do before you choose your car hire provider.
How far can you drive the vehicle?
While you might think you’re free to drive the car as much as you like once you rent it, that isn’t always the case. While the mileage limit will normally be quite high, make sure you’ve checked how much you’re allowed to use the car — especially if you’re planning a long drive.
Can additional drivers use the car?
If you want additional drivers to be able to use your rented car, make sure you’ve checked if that’s allowed or if thre are any extra costs associated with doing so.