Using budget car rentals could be the way to enjoy an independent vacation without the hassle of costly taxi rides and the time wasted waiting for them to collect you. The one thing you don’t want though is to be lumbered with a car that sounds like your lawnmower. Perhaps a slight exaggeration on my part but when renting a budget car you do have to be careful. That said; here are a few ideas you can use when looking to rent a budget car.
I have found that using the internet is a good way to rent a budget car because some sites let you set a limit on what you are prepared to pay. These firms will try to get the best deal for the car that you’ll get and might just toss in unlimited mileage and upgrades, all of that without spending an extra dime out of budget. Look for package deals, fly-drive-stay, or fly-drive, most of these packages give great discounts for rentals, but don’t do it with an airline. If you do not need to organize your car rental with the airline, try a company that is outside the airport you are landing at and you will see they are much more competitive.
Just remember that you are likely to come across some amazing deals on the internet if you look. In fact many car rental web sites will only give a discount if you book online with them. Do not always take the first offer that comes your way, unless you are limited on time because there are bound to be other discount offers around if you have the time to take a look. The biggest benefit to all this is it can take only a few minutes to do this if you are using the internet.
Another thing to try is whether your credit card company has negotiated special discounts with the car rental company you are going to use. Many car rental companies have arranged special deals with large organizations to ensure they have more business, perhaps you are a member of one of these.
Before you drive the rental car away, carry out a thorough check for damage as often these budget rental cars take a few knocks so if there is make sure the renter is aware of them. For you won peace of mind and financial well-being, check out all the vehicles controls and make sure everything that is fitted works so you won’t have to pay for something that was faulty when you drove it away.
More often than not your existing vehicle insurance will cover a budget rental car but it is always best to check first. Saving money is the game so why pay for auto insurance you don’t need when renting your car. Car rental insurance is always required when you rent a car.
One last tip is to try and collect your budget rental car as soon as the office opens as many of the cars already on rental will not have been returned and there is a good chance you will get a upgrade at no extra cost.