Renting a car offers so much comfort and convenience, especially while on holiday. However, hiring a car does not have to cost an arm and a leg if you use some smart tips
Below are a few tips on how to save when renting a car:
Shop Around and Compare Prices
It would not be prudent to walk into your first rental and pick a car from them. The advisable thing to do is to shop around and compare the rates for several companies as you look for the best car. You can compare online by using sites that offer such opportunities. All you need to do is to feed your preferred car type, pick up date and time, pick-up location, and return date and time. Some sites allow you to reserve a car using your credit card without deducting the amount if you like the price. And if you later see the price has reduced, you can cancel and re-book at the lower rate. You can save a significant amount by doing online research and price comparison.
Avoid Renting from Airport Facilities
While it could offer you great convenience to pick a car for hire at the airport, you could pay twice as much the rate in a rental a few miles away. The ideal thing is to use a cab, or other means to get to the nearest town or city and check the rental agencies there. As much as airport overheads for the rental companies are high, which may justify their high rates, they also take advantage of the lack of competition and the client’s desire for convenience. So, for little effort and a few minutes of your time, you can save so much.
Book the Smallest Car
Although most holiday-goers do not like driving compact cars, book a small one. You could be lucky to get a free upgrade if your rental has a few compact units, and you find all picked. Most non-airport agencies or small companies have few compact cars, and chances are you will find none, especially during peak hours. The rental has to offer you a free upgrade to the next bigger size at no extra cost. But even if you find the compact car you reserved still available, you can use it unless you need an SUV or bigger car or a recreational van . Small vehicles also have advantages of less stress in narrow streets or congested parking lots.