When taking a vacation with your family, you typically have a lot to pay for passport fees, accomodation, food, souvenirs, and insurance. As a result, you probably want to save money whenever and wherever you can.
The good news is, if you need to rent a car, there are ways to save so your hard-earned money can be put towards other things. Below are tips that if followed will allow you to save money when renting a car.
1. Do not rent at airports
Renting cars at the airport is convenient. You are able to commence the process after deboarding your flight and you do not have to worry about transportation to your hotel or a rental place in another area. However, these rental kiosks charge airport taxes which can be as high as 25 percent of your total rental cost.
Instead of surrendering to an airport rental and its exorbitant fees, take a taxi or public transit to a car rental company in the community. This will allow you to save a noticeable amount of money. Try to rent from a company that also has a kiosk in the airport though as you will be able to drop your rental off there before you catch your flight home.
2. Use aggregators
Whenever you rent a car your goals should be to do so in the most convenient and cost-effective way possible. Using online aggregators allows you to achieve both of these goals.
Online aggregators are that allow you to enter in all of your details and it displays rental prices from all major car rental companies. Not only does it save you the time it takes to check in with each company individually, you are guaranteed to get the best price possible. Use aggregator websites whenever you can and do not be put off by smaller, lesser-known companies. If they are not reputable they would not be listed on the website.
3. Decline insurance if possible
Insurance is usually a good idea because it covers you in the off-chance something goes wrong with your rental. Representatives from rental companies will usually try to talk you into purchasing extra insurance which is beneficial if you have no coverage at all. However, the truth is, you may be adequately covered and the insurance may be something you do not need.
Before paying for your rental, determine whether you are already covered insurance-wise. Check with your home and auto insurance to see if it covers rentals as many insurance providers do. Also check with your credit card companies because they also usually offer insurance coverage to rentals.
4. Check for discounts
A common mistake that people make when rental cars is not checking to see if they are eligible for any discounts that would make the rental costs noticeably lower. Therefore, most people will rent a vehicle and pay full price when in reality they could have cashed in on a discount.
Determining whether you qualify for a discount before paying for your car rental is recommended. Many rental car companies offer discounts that include seniors, government, military, corporate, union, and automobile associations. On average, customers who make use of a discounted rate save up to 20 percent on their rental.
5. Do not pre-pay for gas
When you pay for your vehicle rental you will likely be asked if you want to pre-pay for your gas. This option should always be declined as you will end up paying more in the long run due to most companies charging more per litre than at the gas station.
Before driving off with your rental car, ensure the amount of gas in the car matches what is stated on your agreement. Make sure this is the same amount that is in the car before dropping the car off when you are finished with it. Otherwise, you will be hit with fees to bring it to the level it was at when you picked up the car.