Car Rental Tips
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.
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.
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 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.
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.