Rent a Car Without Breaking Your Bank
Unless you’re planning to walk everywhere, you’ll want to a vehicle to drive around when you go on a vacation away from home. So, if you take a flight to D.C., California, or overseas, a rental car is your best bet. Unfortunately, renting a car isn’t always fun business. You can often feel as if you’re getting overcharged and swindled out of extra money. How can you rent a car for cheap?
Many airports have car rental companies as part of their facilities to capitalize on incoming tourists. This is, of course, a very smart business practice, but it means that airports can charge a great deal more without losing business because of their convenient location. If you look elsewhere, you’ll certainly find some cheaper options.
Look for discounts and coupons online. Nowadays, there are many websites out there where you can simply search for coupons on various businesses. All you need to do is visit a few and search for car rental companies. After that, check to see if any of the discounts apply to any companies in the area of your vacation.
Many car companies offer additional discounts for advance payment. If you take some time to research beforehand, and reserve your car through prepayment, you could save yourself a good chunk of money. Renting in person, the day of, risks a much greater price and the possibility of car shortages.
Avoid Extra Fees
Many car companies, unfortunately, may try to swindle you out of extra money on top of your rental fee. One way they do that is through gas. Some companies will give you a car without a full tank of gas and then, upon return, will charge you an exorbitant price gouge to fill the tank. Make sure to request that your car be given to you with a full tank of gas, and then remember to fill your car back up yourself before returning your rental.
Don’t Buy Insurance
Another way companies like to get more money out of your is by trying to get you to buy rental insurance. You don’t need it. Despite how much they might push the insurance and warn you about what might happen, you won’t need it. If you already have auto insurance, or if you plan to pay by credit card, then it’s very likely that your auto insurance and/or credit card company will automatically cover you in the event of rental car collision and other minor charges. Be sure to check before purchasing, but you should be covered without issue.
Look for car companies other than the big-name companies such as Hertz and Enterprise. You’re not buying a new car, so it’s perfectly fine to be a little more stingy when choosing. Smaller, singular outlets will often have cheaper prices to compete with the big-name competitors.
We hope these tips will help you save a bundle the next time you go on vacation. If you’d like to know more tips, tricks, and answers to all your automotive questions, be sure to call or visit us here at J. Bertolet Volkswagen. We’re here to help you!