Top Ten Tips for Renting
A rental car offers excellent value for money and the freedom to see your destination and everything it has to offer. To help renters get the most from their car rental experience, Budget Rent-a-Car has put together a list of top ten tips for you.
1. Consider your vehicle requirements
The smallest available car may not suit your purposes. Consider the number of people and luggage to be carried. Comfort and safety are important considerations. You may also be grateful for having chosen an air-conditioned car in a hot country.
2. Check what the rate includes
Make sure you know exactly what the rate includes. Some prices quoted by our competitors may be unbelievably cheap but there may be hidden extras.
3. Take out proper insurance cover
In Europe, car rental companies normally offer Third Party Liability (TPL) cover and Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). Theft Protection (TP) may be an optional extra
4. Pre-book in the UK
If you are going abroad, a pre-booked programme at a guaranteed rate is likely to be cheaper and will help with budgeting. You will also be guaranteed vehicle availability.
5. Rent from an internationally recognised brand
It is advisable to rent from a reputable international car rental company, especially abroad. They offer the latest model cars, operate the widest network of locations, prepare vehicles to the highest standards and offer emergency roadside assistance. Also, if you do have a complaint, you can write to their head office in the UK.
6. Check for bodywork damage
Before you drive off, make sure that any damage, even a small dent or scratch, is noted on the pre-rental inspection form.Otherwise, you may be charged for damage, which was not your fault. At the same time, make sure you have as much fuel as indicated on the paperwork.
7. Check the tyres