Most travelers rent a car while they are away. Pacifico Airport Valet parking has put together some tips that will make renting a car simpler and easier:

Getting a Good Deal

Most current travel websites negotiate with car providers to get the best rental deals. Obviously, the easiest way to get a good deal is to browse through various travel websites. You can also contact the car rental provider directly to make a reservation or ask questions. Some of them will even give you a better deal over the phone or in person. Try and remember to book your car in advance – the best deals are generally early.

The Insurance Question

When you are planning your trip check to see if your auto insurance policy covers car rentals. If it does, you really do not need to purchase extra insurance through the car rental provider. If your insurance policy doesn’t cover car rentals you might want to check with your credit card companies. There are some that will offer coverage if you use their card to rent the car.

If you don’t already have an insurance option you can purchase insurance through the car rental provider. It may be expensive but in most states, it’s mandatory for car rental providers to include the minimum required liability coverage in your rental agreement. This means you can always choose the minimum if you think that will be sufficient.

Understanding Your Rental Agreement

When you rent a car, there is a significant amount of paperwork to be read and filled out. It is important that you understand it thoroughly. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure you bring them up with the rental provider before you sign their agreement.

Here are some items commonly found on rental agreements:

PERSONAL EFFECTS PROTECTION

When planning your trip check your homeowner’s insurance policy to see if it covers your personal belongings while you travel. If it doesn’t and you want to protect your luggage from damage, you can opt for Personal Effects Coverage or Protection for what is generally a few dollars per day.

OUT-OF-STATE FEE

If you’re planning on driving your rental car out of the state it was rented in, you may have to pay an out-of-state fee.

DROP-OFF FEE

This is a fee that can be applied to individuals who drop off their rental car at a location different from where the car was picked up.

GAS COSTS

Gas costs frequently vary for each car rental provider. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the policy to avoid extra charges. Some providers charge an initial gas fee and then allow you to use the gas that’s already in the tank. Other providers won’t charge you an initial fee but require you fill up the tank before you return the car.

ADDITIONAL OR UNDERAGE DRIVER FEE

An Additional Driver Fee may apply if you plan on sharing driving time with another driver. If the other driver is underage (usually 24 years old or below), you might also have to pay an Underage Driver Fee.

MILEAGE FEE

Before you book a rental car, try and do a rough estimate on how many miles you think you will be driving. Always estimate high. Then take some time and check each provider’s Mileage Fee policy so you can get the best deal. Some rental providers will charge a flat rate price while others charge by the mile.


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    Robert Allen
    Robert Allen
    17:31 29 Apr 17
    Excellent service and very convenient.
    David M DelPizzo
    David M DelPizzo
    15:00 02 Feb 17
    Ivan West
    Ivan West
    22:16 31 Dec 16
    Awesome
    Anna-Marie Karlsen Mellinger
    Anna-Marie Karlsen Mellinger
    14:49 19 Dec 16
    I have always had a positive experience with their drivers and office staff. I also use the additional "drive away" from the terminal service. They load your bags and away you drive! Worth the extra $13 especially after a long flight!read more
    Steven Leffler
    Steven Leffler
    17:40 04 Dec 16
    Excellent service. We've used them for years.
    DAVID CARNEY
    DAVID CARNEY
    21:25 06 Oct 16
    Fantastic experience. Quick check in and ride to the airport, and when we called on return, we were told it would be around a 20 minute wait (which was fine as our flight arrive early) but the driver arrived in about 10 minutes. I highly recommend them, as we have used them before.read more
    DAVID CARNEY
    DAVID CARNEY
    21:25 06 Oct 16
    Fantastic experience. Quick check in and ride to the airport, and when we called on return, we were told it would be around a 20 minute wait (which was fine as our flight arrive early) but the driver arrived in about 10 minutes. I highly recommend them, as we have used them before.read more
    Linda Brown
    Linda Brown
    00:10 12 Sep 16
    We have used Pacifico for years, and like being able to go to in our own car. But lately we have had to wait 20-45 minutes once we arrive back to PHL and call. Next time we are using Winner!read more
    Linda Brown
    Linda Brown
    00:10 12 Sep 16
    We have used Pacifico for years, and like being able to go to in our own car. But lately we have had to wait 20-45 minutes once we arrive back to PHL and call. Next time we are using Winner!read more
    Karen lloyd
    Karen lloyd
    19:02 03 Sep 16
    Have used PACIFICO for years and have never had a bad experience.
    Eric Strohm
    Eric Strohm
    00:55 31 Aug 16
    Have used the valet service for many years, always good. Fast, competitive rates and hassle free. read more
    Eric Strohm
    Eric Strohm
    00:55 31 Aug 16
    Have used the valet service for many years, always good. Fast, competitive rates and hassle free. read more
    Kendra Hennig
    Kendra Hennig
    19:22 02 Aug 16
    Everyone was super friendly and shared all the information I needed. It ended up being cheaper to use this short-term parking service than taking a taxi to and from the airport on either side of my trip. They brought back my car in perfect condition and right on time as expected. I highly recommend them!read more
    Kendra Hennig
    Kendra Hennig
    19:22 02 Aug 16
    Everyone was super friendly and shared all the information I needed. It ended up being cheaper to use this short-term parking service than taking a taxi to and from the airport on either side of my trip. They brought back my car in perfect condition and right on time as expected. I highly recommend them!read more
    CRAIG BOWEN
    CRAIG BOWEN
    21:41 22 Mar 16
    Called when I got off the plane to get picked up and was told it will at least 30 minutes before they have a shuttle to pick me up. I called back in about 25 minutes and was rudely toms the shuttle didn't leave test will be at 15 more minutes. I'll park at the airport next time I de use to travel read more
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