Figuring out car rental rates can be quite tricky. However, there are a few ways in which you can make your car rental experience much better without making any compromises to your travel plans.
Decline the insurance as you may already be covered
If you have auto insurance at home, then chances are that you are already covered for rented cars that you drive. Car rental agents may pressurize you into buying insurance, but most of the time, this is redundant. However, just do not assume that you are covered. You need to first check if your home auto insurance policy covers it or not.
Then again, even if you do not own a car or your home policy does not cover rentals, there are chances that you can still be covered. This comes with a number of popular credit cards. These cards have free primary auto rental insurance. The term primary implies that the insurance policy of the card will be implemented before anything else. So if you are involved in an accident and your primary coverage is separate from your home policy, you do not have to report the accident to your personal insurance and will not see a spike in rates.
To activate this insurance, you will have to use a card that comes with CDW or LDW. CDW stands for Collision Damage Waiver whereas LDW stands for Loss Damage Waiver. If you do not have car insurance, you can consider adding liability insurance to your current coverage.
Pick up your car from the downtown rental, if possible
A great way to save costs is to get the car from the car rental by yourself. If you want your car to be delivered to the airport for convenience, then you will be charged extra. The greater the distance, the more you will be charged. Try to pick a rental that is closer to the airport, the hotel, or even the city centre. Take into account that to get to the car rental, you will have to pay public transport fare. You will have to take a taxi, a bus, or a tram to get to the rental. This may sometimes make the price difference negligible.
Do not take any extras if you have a smartphone
There is no need to opt for GPS navigation, speakerphone, satellite radio, or any other add-ons. Most of these requirements can be met by using your smartphone. When you take add-ons, the fees can quickly add up to a much larger amount.
If you need a car for a few days, check weekly rates
The cost of car rental decreases with the increasing duration. Even though this seems to be paradoxical, the cost of car rental per day is much less when you rent a car for multiple days. In these cases, it is wiser to rent a car on a weekly basis. This is because most of the time, people who rent cars on a daily basis are business travellers and their offices make the payment. Often these are urgent cases where the office will pay the extra amount. People who rent cars on a weekly basis tend to be leisure travellers, and hence, are charged a lower rate.
So before you rent the car, do plenty of comparisons between services. You may just save some money by reserving the car for longer than you would require.
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