Make the Most of Your Car Rental Experience With These 5 Tips

There are many reasons as to why you may need to rent a car. Perhaps you have an upcoming business trip, or maybe you're planning a personal road trip in the near future and don't want to put the miles on your own vehicle. Regardless of your reasoning for needing a rental car, there are five tips and tricks worth keeping in mind that will potentially save you some money and help you make the most of your rental experience!

Avoid Airport Car Rentals

While renting a car from an airport may be convenient, especially if part of your travel involves flying, you might be surprised at how much money you can save by renting from a non-airport branch instead. At the very least, it's worth comparing quotes. Many airport car rental facilities have additional fees and charges tacked onto their base rental rates that can easily cost you hundreds of dollars extra than if you picked up from another location.

Make Sure You're Covered

Having adequate insurance coverage in your rental is a must for your protection and peace of mind. However, don't assume that purchasing additional insurance coverage from the rental company directly is always your best bet. Check with your current auto insurance agent ahead of time to find out whether your coverage extends to rental cars; if so, you probably won't need to purchase any additional coverage. Some credit card companies even include free basic insurance coverage for rental cars, so always explore these possibilities before you shell out extra money.

Take the Inspection Seriously

Before you drive your rental car off the lot, a representative from the rental company should perform a thorough inspection of the vehicle inside and out—and you should be present for this inspection. Scratches, dents, and other imperfections should be noted on the inspection checklist, and you should receive a copy of this list before you embark. It's also a good idea to take photos of any damage prior to leaving for your additional peace of mind.

Don't Forget to Re-Fill the Tank

Some rental car companies will offer you the option of re-filling your rental car's gas tank for you after you return it, but if you read the fine print, you'll likely find that you'll be paying a lot more money per-gallon by opting for this "convenience." Instead, elect to re-fill the rental car's gas tank yourself immediately before you return it to the facility. You could save yourself a pretty penny this way.

Just Ask for an Upgrade!

When you go to pick up your rental car, it can never hurt to ask for an upgrade! Car rental companies provide complimentary upgrades all the time, and you may be surprised at just how willing they are to hook you up if you simply ask. Of course, keep in mind that upgrades are limited based on supply and demand. You may have an easier time getting an upgrade if you're picking up your vehicle during a non-peak time, such as on a weekday as opposed to a weekend.

Renting a vehicle can be costly, especially if you're not careful to avoid unnecessary charges and fees. By keeping these tips in mind and by shopping around for car rentals in your area, however, you can make your money go further. And if you're lucky, you might even get upgraded for an even more enjoyable experience!

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