If you’re travelling abroad, you may be worried about driving on the other side of the road, but there is much more to think about from international driving permits to liability insurance, renting a car abroad can be a bit more complicated than renting one in your home country. Here are some tips for renting internationally:
Booking Your Car
Book in advance because rental rates are usually higher when you book at the counter than they would be over the phone or online. Visit several websites and compare cars and prices on your travel dates.
If possible, try to make all car rental arrangements before you leave your home country to make the process cheaper, easier, safer and less likely to include hidden costs. Once you are overseas, shifting exchange rates, unfamiliar rental specifications, language barriers, and other cultural differences can cause issues.
Try to ask about weekend specials, late penalties and gas charges. Many unadvertised discounts and hidden costs will not be explained at the time of rental, and it may be too late by the time you discover them.
Be aware that many countries have a minimum and maximum age for renters. Drivers under the age of 25 or over the age of 70 may face surcharges or not be permitted to rent at all.
Manual vs Stick
In many countries, manual transmissions are more common and you’ll have to pay a fee if you want an automatic. Knowing how to drive a stick could save you money and hassle. Make sure to keep in mind who you are travelling with and whether or not they can drive a stick or are even comfortable with driving on the other side of the road.
Are you planning a holiday to Cyprus? If so, consider looking for a rental vehicle to get around. It’ll offer you the speed, convenience, and comfort that you wouldn’t be able to enjoy otherwise. Get in touch today to rent a car for your Cyprus holiday!