Car Rental

Easy Steps to Rent a Car

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Whether you’re visiting a foreign country or your car is at the repair shop, getting the services of a car rental may be a task that can be tasking on your part. The multitude of benefits derived from a car rental greatly gives you the convenience of time and freedom of destination that no public transportation system can ever provide. If it’s your first time to hire a car, here are 5 easy steps to follow to help you rent a car stress-free:

Do Your Research.

Yes, this may take a considerable amount your time but it’s a must-do. Say you’re about to visit a foreign country and you’d rather drive your own car to go around so you can visit off the beaten path destinations and places to see. You won’t have that luxury with a tour bus nor with public transportation. If you get a taxi, it’s more expensive and you won’t have a car waiting for you once you’re done with your excursion. So just sacrifice some time to research about the best possible companies that will suit your needs.

You can simply go on any search engine and look for the top 5 car rental companies in the area. While you take a look at each company’s website, go to top travel websites as well and read about actual clients’ reviews about the companies. Assess your own needs, such as what car you’d be using and price points, and choose the best 3 companies for you.

Always stick with the reputable companies.

If you find an unknown car rental service with relatively low prices but you can’t find any reviews about them, then it’s best to stick with a company that may be more expensive but at least you know they’re reliable and trustworthy. Don’t let price be your only factor in choosing the car rental company for you.

Ask for Quotations.

Once you’ve narrowed down your top 3 choices, ask for quotations from each of the companies. Read the quotes carefully, and don’t take them at face value, especially if you got them online. It’s best to call the company and ask details, especially in areas that are unclear. Once you have all the information you need, compare the three companies and choose the one that’s best for you.

Ask for Requirements.

Once you’ve chosen the company of your choice, ask for the requirements so you can prepare them ahead. Most companies have age restrictions, such as a minimum age of at least 21 to be able to drive their cars on your own. If you’re over 70 years age, ask about certain restrictions they may have. Most companies usually have higher rates for individuals aged 21-24 and 70 and up since they’re at a higher risk for accidents. Other requirements include fueling up the car before you return it or extra charges if you return it late, and other company policies so you know exactly how much you will be paying.

Check the Company’s Insurance Policies.

If your own car insurance will cover your car rentals, then try to ask if declining the company’s insurance offer may be an option. Clear this out with your own car insurance and with the company, giving you potentially more savings.

Book the Car.

Once you have the rates, policies, and requirements covered, it’s now time to book your car. Choose you car, arrange for pick up and return arrangements, and book early.

About the author

Johnny Lai is the owner of Exclusive Limo and Car Rentals, Singapore’s premier luxury car rental company giving its clients not only the highest quality cars and limousines, but the best quality customer service in the market, as well.

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