Budget Car Rental Tips

March 26, 2008

Why not try a budget car rental and enjoy the independent experience it offers; taxis can be an expensive proposition when you are on vacation or business if you intend to use them every day. Sometimes though, the companies that rent budget cars, supply cars that are at the bottom end of the spectrum. OK, so I may be exaggerating a little but it is something you have to look out for because the last thing you want is to have a car that is not going to be of any use. To avoid this here are a few tips to get the budget, out of your rental car.

I have found that budget car rental using the internet as a resource is a good way to find a low cost car because some sites let you set a limit on what you are prepared to pay. Do not dismiss this type of sites because they want your business and sometimes offer other incentives like unlimited mileage for example. 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. Of course the airlines realize they have a captive audience when people visit their site to book a flight and do not need to discount their car rental.

Just remember that you are likely to come across some amazing budget car rental 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. Aside from that you can easily get upgrades and depending on the season, at least one rental company is bound to have a special offer that can help you save money. In addition to that, you can rent a car in the comfort of your own home, now beat that!

Discounts are often available that you don’t realize; they are those that have been arranged between the budget car rental company and your credit card company so it is worth checking as you can save even more money. It is quite common these days for a company to have made an arrangement with other companies to give discounts to their employees or members so you may be lucky enough to receive a further discount here.

Before you drive the rental car away, carry out a thorough check for damage. These cars often take a few knocks so if there is any damage; make sure the renter is aware of them. For you own 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.</P.

Before you decide to use the rental company’s insurance plans, take a look at your own policy as you will probably find that it covers rental car insurance as well. Why pay for rental car insurance when your own auto insurance policy will cover some of the aspects, even if it isn’t a great deal; irrespective of the situation, don’t think that it isn’t an important aspect either because insurance is still required by law.

Whatever the case, you must still have insurance cover when you rent a car so don’t try and skip it to save money.

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