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Car rental - tips and tricks

Submitted by Visit Plus on Thu, 05/02/2019 - 15:39

Renting a car is really convenient when you spend your vacation in another city or in another country. You choose which places to visit and how much time to spend in places you like. You can get to places that are difficult to visit by public transport. Renting a car is quite expensive, but it will be cheaper as a result than buying excursions.

Here are some helpful tips collected from various sources for you.

Book a rental car in advance. Especially during the peak tourist season. The most popular car brands end quickly at rental locations, and you have to choose from the remaining models or search for a suitable vehicle at various rental locations, losing time. (This is especially true for low-cost cars.) Booking a car via the Internet will help (in most cases) save time and money.

Choose the most suitable car for you. Not only capacity for the number of passengers and baggage matters. In countries with left-hand traffic it is better to choose a car with an automatic transmission (for example, in Cyprus), if you live in a country with right-hand traffic. If you are planning a trip to the mountains, a car with an insufficiently powerful engine can be a bad choice.

Carefully check the requirements for the driver of the car in a particular country. Usually the driver must have a driver’s license for at least one year before the start of the rental. In most cases, the driver must have a credit card. Requirements for age and driver experience may be higher for more expensive or powerful vehicles.

Rental cars
Rental cars have red license plates in Cyprus.

Pay attention to the conditions of insurance. Car rental companies often offer several insurance options. It is a big risk to rent a car without insurance.

Look at the mileage and fuel policy. Unlimited mileage is offered most often, but there may be nuances. Companies may have different conditions regarding the amount of fuel. Usually, you must return the car with the same amount of fuel as it was when you received the car. Carefully follow the process of refueling, if you are recommended a specific gas station. Be sure to keep your check until the end of the rental period.

Carefully check the condition of the car! Record any damage that a car has in the form of a condition when signing a rental agreement (both inside and outside).

Be careful. Do not relax, even though you are on vacation. Usually rental cars should not drive off the road, for example, to the beach. Even with minor incidents, you can lose a lot of time and money. In addition, the rental office expects the car to be returned in good condition. Companies charge extra if vehicles return dirty. Smoking is usually prohibited in the car.)


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