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Common car rental pitfalls to avoid

We like to make sure our customers get value here and as such, we’ll give you advise on what NOT to do as much as we’ll share out what you should do. This month’s blog is dipping a bit more into the negative again and sharing out the five things you absolutely DO NOT want to do when you rent a car.

 

Not refueling your car on the way back

When you’re driving off the lot immediately after renting your car, be sure to scope out the local gas stations and plan on stopping there on your way to returning your car. Neighborhoods in and around airports can be a bit cumbersome and not the best places to explore on your way to catching a flight. Do your work in advance so you’re not pressed for time. And that way – you’ll return the car with a full tank and not get whacked with unnecessary fees.

Ignoring offers for upgrades

Here’s a pro-tip. Companies like ours have a lot of leeway in terms of what upgrade options we can offer. Smart car renting means reserving the right sized car for your trip – but then when you get here – simply come to the desk and ask about upgrades. Depending on price, you might find yourself in a bigger, more comfortable car for only a little bit extra!

Not checking reward programs

Memberships to things like AAA, AARP and the like can give you a lot of perks and one of those often times includes a car rental discount! We as a business join those organizations for a reason because we want the customers! Don’t be afraid to ask us if we offer a discount for your membership club – because for us it could mean the difference between getting and not getting your business!

Crossing international borders

We’re 100% sure you’re probably laughing at this right now, but you’d be surprised. Rental agreements in the US usually don’t allow you to drive across international borders. Your insurance won’t cover you there, ours won’t cover our car there – all in all, it’s a disaster for everyone. And it could cost you a boatload of money. Don’t do it.

Not inspecting your car before dropping it off

You’d be amazed at how many people don’t check their car thoroughly before they leave and right before they return their cars. This is really important because if there’s any damage, you’ll get billed for it. And if there’s something we missed – we certainly don’t want to rent you a car that has something wrong with it! So be sure to check your car for any dents, scrapes, damage and the like. It’s worth it in the end.

 

Do you have any other suggestions? Did anything above work well for you or backfire for any reason? Let us know in the comments.

 

Full size or standard? Which rental car is best for you?

Whenever anyone travels, they’re faced with a whole slew of decisions to make. Not only are they deciding where they want to go, but they’re also trying to figure out where they’ll eat, where they’ll stay, which flight to take, whether to fly or drive and more. One of the decisions you’ll have to make is what kind of rental car you’ll want to use.

 

Usually – this boils down to a choice between two types of cars: Standard rental cars and full-sized rental cars. Now bear in mind, some companies have other classifications – mid-sized, compact, etc. – so these aren’t ‘standard’ so to speak. But at the end of the day, branding, make, model and all – you’re going to have to decide whether you want a bigger car or a smaller car.

Standard rental cars

 Also known as Mid-size or intermediate, standard rental cars usually fit about 4-5 people comfortably with some additional space for luggage. They get outstanding gas mileage and are easy for just about any traveler to handle.

Full size rental cars 

Full size rental cars are typically bigger and more spacious. Although most commonly associated with them – Full-size does not always mean ‘SUV’. They’re more correctly defined as larger, four door passenger vehicles that seat up to five passengers with plenty of space for luggage. There’s more leg room and space, making them the perfect choice for long trips with other people.

They tend to run you a little more money – as it costs more to fuel them and they typically only get around 23-30 miles per gallon. It really comes down to whether you want comfort or care more about your budget.

What should I go with? 

At the end of the day, what matters most is your trip and the purpose behind it. If it’s to take your time, relax and have fun, then plunking the $25 or so extra for the bigger, more comfortable car is worth it. Or – if you know you’ll be driving around a lot.

A smaller car is probably a better idea if you’re not going to be driving much and simply want something to get you from A to B. It’s probably better for you in an urban environment, too – as it’s smaller size will be able to help you navigate the sometimes tricky contours of your average city.

By contrast, the full-size car is probably a better bet if you’re heading into the countryside or going camping. It’ll be better able to handle the rougher conditions, go more places and give you that little bit extra comfort.

In the end, it’s all your call. It’s your trip, so make the best choice for you! Safe travels!

 

History of the Rental Car Industry

The earliest known example of cars being offered for rent dates to 1904.The German company “Sixt” was established in 1912 with three cars for rent. Read more…