Book in advance
As soon as you decide on your vacation plans, book your car rental. Wait until the last minute and you could get stuck paying much higher rates, and you may have a tougher time finding the vehicle that you want.
When you book in advance you will almost always get a better deal. Be sure to take all your documents needed (Identity Card and Driving License). Get a copy of the agreement that you have sign to proof of hire and rates to avoid any hassles.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off on Times
Check the collection and return time before booking. Some car rental companies will charge additionally if you drop off the car late.
Tacking on an extra day to that weekly rental or to extend it over a weekend, can actually lower your rate. This strategy takes advantage of lower prices aimed at leisure travellers who are more likely to travel on weekends. Weekend rates are great, but weekly rates can be the best of all.
Check for unlimited mileage options
Make sure your car rental company provide unlimited mileage option and you can take your car where you need to go without worry about is getting stung for any excess miles. So that you can keep driving till your heart is content.
Do inspection before driving
Do a thorough inspection of your rental car before driving out of the lot. If you find any damage fill in the documentation (get a copy). If possible, take pictures with your phone so you have a time & date stamp. You will not be liable for damage from a previous driver.
Bring your own child safety seat
If you’re traveling with a little one, is it practical for you to bring your own child safety seat.
Check the fuel policy options
Some rental car companies will require you to return the car with the same amount of fuel it had in the tank at pick-up. Others operate a full-to-empty fuel policy where you, the renter, must purchase the full tank of fuel and may drop the car off empty, but if you aren’t using the car much you’ll end up paying for unused fuel.
Where the car hire company charges for fuel, the cost may be higher than it would be at a local petrol station.
Decline the GPS (Navigation system)
If the car navigation system is an extra add on, skip it and use the Google maps app on your phone.
Additional state taxes and fees
Be aware of additional state taxes and fees that may apply if you enter another country. And don’t lie about where you are taking the vehicle, because if you have an issue you probably won’t be covered by insurance!