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7 Common Car Hire Mistakes
Sometimes hiring a car (especially in a foreign country) can seem like a minefield with so many options to choose from. Read on for some common car hire mistakes that people make.
Not Reserving In Advance
If you are holidaying in a busy time and at a popular holiday destination, reserving in advance can really save you time, stress and often money. It also means that you are most likely to get the best deal, not get pressurised into paying for unnecessary extras and also be able to specify the best vehicle for your requirements.
Not Choosing The Most Suitable Deal
When reserving a hire car, check the cost versus time measures. Sometimes it will work out cheaper to hire a car for 5 days rather than say 3, so do be aware of this when making the reservation.
Paying For Unnecessary Insurance
Car hire obviously requires insurance however car hire companies will often inflate this to make a healthy profit. There are a few things to consider concerning car hire insurance. For instance, you may already be insured through your own car insurance or credit card, rendering extra insurance pointless. If you do find yourself buying car insurance from the hire company, make sure that everything is required and that you are not paying for added on extras.
Not Inspecting The Car
When hiring a car initially ensure that you thoroughly inspect it, preferably with a company rep present. Any small details such as a scratched window or missing hubcap could lead to you being unfairly charged upon returning the car. Note anything no matter how insignificant or even take photos. Inspecting the car as if you were buying it will mean that you know exactly what you are hiring.
Reserving Too Large A Car
It can be tempting to upsize when renting a car but do consider whether or not you truly need that extra space. Of course it is more comfortable however remember to factor in extra costs such as fuel and more expensive insurance policies. Especially remember that the price of fuel differs by country, so don't be caught out. Driving abroad can be daunting too, so a smaller, more manageable car can simplify the driving experience. You won’t be spending your holiday in the car so ask yourself if you do need the excess room.
Paying For Expensive Accessories
Some car hire companies will try to sell you digital radio and navigation systems. Really though, do you need digital radio during your stay, and all smart phones have navigational technology nowadays meaning that taking these extras is a pointless expenditure.
Not Returning Your Car On Time
Ensure that you have given yourself enough time to return your car – over-estimate the time if necessary since some car rental companies will charge you extra for late returns. Don’t let yourself be caught out.
So enjoy your holiday and shop smart when it comes to car hire.
For more information about hiring a car, watch the handy video below.