Car Rental Tips

On a recent trip to Indiana I needed to rent a car. Prior to my trip I looked online at various car rental companies. I compared prices for the sized vehicle I needed. Since it was only me and a friend I opted for a full sized car, which turned out to be an Impala.

When I returned the car the following day it came time to pay the bill. Much to my shock and amazement the car that I had rented for what I though would be “x” amount dollars turned out to be “x” amount dollars plus “x” amount of dollars more. In other words there were hidden fees.

This brings me to tip number one. Check all of the fine print when it comes to renting a vehicle. You would be surprised what they hide in there. Most of the time your larger companies such as Enterprise, Hertz and Avis put everything up front and only tack on additional fees for services that you request that will cost extra such as insurance.

That leads me into my second car rental tip. If you have your own car insurance check to see what kind of coverage it includes when you rent a car. Getting the car rental insurance is one of the biggest scams going. OK well it is not really a scam, it is legit, they just inflate the price on you. If you have your own car insurance that covers the basics when you rent a car you do not need to get the car rental company’s insurance. Save the extra $25 to $100 per day they will charge you.

My final tip I want to go over is checking the fuel tank on the vehicle that you rent. Make sure you know the fuel level on the rental car. Also make sure that you have the person from the car rental company write it down. Their policy might be for you to return the car with a full tank of gas but if they only give it to you with a quarter tank of gas, that isn’t very fair is it? No of course not.

So make sure they know that if you get it with a quarter tank of gas they are getting it back with a quarter tank of gas. Chances are that will not happen especially if you rent from a reputable car rental company. If you try a fly by night place you take some major chances on a lot of services.

Before you return the car make sure the gas level is at where it was when you picked the car up. The car rental company adds on anywhere from $0.10 to $0.20 per gallon extra on top of the current days gas prices. Since gas is already at an all time high, I doubt you want to pay anymore than you have to. So put gas in it before you get back to the car rental agency.

Renting a car is not a big hassle and usually doesn’t turn out to be one. However, if you get lazy on the simple things it can turn into a nightmare that could cost you a lot of money it should not have.