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Tips for Renting a Car in New Jersey

Renting a vehicle can be a time consuming process if you want to do it right and do it cost-effectively. At Plymouth Rock Assurance, our goal is to help you make smarter decisions. We’ve assembled these important tips to consider when renting a car in New Jersey.

Renting an Automobile in NJ

Renting an automobile provides freedom and flexibility when you're traveling and, in some parts of the world, it's the only way to get around. However, it can sometimes add complications to your trip -- like trying to find the best deal or sorting out exactly which auto insurance options you need. These practical tips can help you save money, understand your rental agreement and avoid problems on the road.

Choose the Right Vehicle

Think carefully about what kind of vehicle you'll need. If you're looking to save money on rental rates and gas, you'll want to reserve the smallest available model. If you're traveling with children or a lot of luggage, consider a large sedan or SUV to ensure a comfortable trip. Look at other factors too . . . if you aren’t comfortable driving a stick shift, be sure to reserve a car with automatic transmission. And don’t forget to ask the rental company if it offers any extras you might need, such as a ski rack, car seat or GPS system.

Shop Around

Check the major booking engines and aggregator sites (such as Travelocity and Kayak) to get an idea of current rates, but also visit the car rental companies' websites as well -- they'll often offer exclusive discounts and you'll avoid any booking fees. Also be sure to ask about discounts for any major organizations, frequent flier programs and credit card programs to which you may belong as they often offer deals. If you're employed by a company that frequently rents cars, they may have a negotiated rate. Make sure to check.

Read the Fine Print and Ask Questions

Unfortunately, the rate you see advertised may become so inflated with state and local taxes, airport surcharges, additional driver fees, insurance, gasoline bills and drop-off charges that you end up paying more than double what you expected. As a result, it’s very important to ask a lot of questions upfront.

If you're booking online, read the terms and conditions carefully before confirming your reservation. If you're booking over the phone, ask the agent about restrictions. Be sure you understand the conditions of your reservation. Is there a penalty for a no-show? Is there a fee for additional drivers and must their names be listed in the contract? Also, make sure you get a confirmation number. For airport rentals, be sure to give the customer service representative your flight number and scheduled arrival time. This will usually protect your reservation if your flight is delayed.

Don’t Pay Double for Insurance

If you have personal auto insurance, you may be covered at least for collision damage, so you shouldn't have to purchase the car rental company's collision or loss damage waiver (CDW or LDW). If in doubt, ask your insurance agent.

Fill Up Before You Drop Off

Always fill the tank yourself before returning the vehicle so you're only paying for the amount of gas you actually used. Try to avoid the gas stations right near the airport where you're dropping off your car -- the prices tend to be highest there. Instead, fill up a few miles away.

Read information about if your insurance covers rental cars and what to do if you are a young driver. You can also learn about why you should switch your auto insurance company to Plymouth Rock.

Call 855-993-4470, get your free quote online, or find an agent to learn about tips for renting a car in New Jersey. If you need additional information it can be found on our Contact Us page.