Probably the most obvious advice is to keep a lid on car rentals and do your research thoroughly before you decide on the best car hire deal for you. With a little bit of research you can get a better deal. We advise you to use online comparison sites that enable you to search for deals by multiple car brokers around the world and compare them right then and there.
For example, Vehicle Rent enables you to compare car hire deals by some of the biggest brokers like Hertz, Alamo, Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Budget and so on.
The first thing you should ask yourself when choosing a vehicle for your trip is not what you want but rather what you really need.
The bottom line is: Pick the car that suits your needs the most.
Also, bear in mind that no car rental agency can guarantee you that you’ll get the exact car that you have booked, but rather the car from the same car category.
The most frequent car categories are Mini, Economy, Compact, and Standard, but you can also choose from the following categories: Fullsize, Wagon, Intermediate, SUV, Luxury, Premium and more.
Oh, and if possible . . . rent the smallest car that can still handle your ego and save some money.
There are two fuel policies offered by the car rental companies - FULL/FULL FUEL POLICY (pick up full, return full) and FULL/EMPTY FUEL POLICY (pick up full, return empty).
For the most part it is not the best idea to get the FULL-EMPTY fuel option, where the car hire company charges you for the fuel after your trip. The cost may be higher than it would be at a local petrol station – meaning that the fuel expenses could be lower if you would drive to a gas station by yourself. Besides, there is a slim chance you’ll actually use 99% of your tank, so a portion of your money is lost right away. It is better to take the FULL/FULL fuel option (or fair fuel policy as we like to call it). It gives you the freedom to choose when and where you refuel the tank and more fuel prices options.
Find the agencies that have a broad car selection, since they will most likely give you better deals simply because they want to use as much cars as possible. If you can’t evaluate the credibility or the success of an agency on your own, just use comparison sites. Also, some companies give you better prices in Europe and others in America, so explore your options intensely.
Check for discounts. Two popular groups that regularly offer membership breaks for car renters are AARP and AAA. You can also find a few coupon codes in flight magazines or loyalty programs offered by certain brands. Vehicle Rent offers you points in return for basic activities on its site, such as registering, adding reviews or sharing super deals with friends. Check our loyalty program here »
1. Avoid airports rentals. Sometimes the off-airport locations are cheaper than the airport locations, so check both options – especially if you’re using comparison sites, which will only take a minute.
2.One-way drop off fees can be expensive, so try to plan your trip in such a way that the drop off location remains the same as the pick up location.
3. Don’t check just the big ones. When exploring car hire options, we usually check the big names, for example Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt and so on, but don’t neglect the smaller names like Thrifty and Dollar. If you’re a www.vehicle-rent.com user you’re in luck, since our deal finder will check their offers too.
4. Don’t hesitate! Don’t wait with your booking until the last minute, since the booking prices can be much higher this way. It’s wise to book your car at least 4 weeks ahead, especially during peak seasons.
5. Don’t rent it just for a day. Sometimes it’s cheaper if you rent for a longer period of time . Explore your options and play with the pick up and drop off dates. Most probably you’ll get a better price for a week than just for a few days.
6.Sometimes package options (a combination of a flight and a car, or a flight, a hotel and a car booking) can be a very good deal in terms of low-priced car rental, but don’t be too gullible. Double-check everything!
We’re sure you don’t want to rent a car and then end up paying much more than you anticipated. Below are some things you shouldn’t ignore.
Now . . . go, rent a car, and have the best road trip ever! ;)
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