Renting a car can be just as stressful as buying a car. From extra insurance to accessory upgrades, consumers are bombarded by options and fees. With spring approaching and the freeway beckoning, take a look at a few money-saving tips when renting a car.
Avoid Airport Rental Facilities
Although extremely convenient, airport rental car agencies tend to charge higher prices because of their overhead. The airport knows that they receive a huge customer base just by the value of proximity, so lease rates are incredibly high for rental companies. Opt to take a taxi or shuttle to a rental agency slightly down the road. Rental rates can be significantly lower at more isolated facilities. With a smaller customer base, they must offer rock-bottom prices to keep consumers visiting often.
Compare Weekly And Weekend Rates
If a consumer wants to rent a car for the weekend, the rate is typically more than an entire week’s rental rate. Compare prices before agreeing to a contract. It may be more cost-effective to rent the car for seven days, rather than two days. A week-long rental makes the rental agency look more busy on the books, making it beneficial for both the consumer and company to rent cheaply for seven days.
Fill Up The Tank Yourself
Do not be a victim of convenience. Rental agencies sweetly offer to fill the gas tank up when consumers arrive back at the lot, but the gas prices are exorbitant. Leave for the rental agency 10 or 15 minutes early to gas up the car. The price the consumer pays at the local station is much less than the rental agency’s rate. This particular money-saving tip is easy to follow if consumers pay attention to times for arrivals and departures.
A large car commonly has a higher rental price compared to a small car. When reserving a car, select the compact version, unless you absolutely must have a big vehicle for a group of people. When a consumer arrives at the rental agency, most compacts are already rented. The company must give the consumer the next car size up, such as a mid-size or sports sedan. The rental rate is the same, but the consumer gets a larger car by default.
Early Is Better
With any business, forecasting sales and rentals is paramount for planning acquisitions, raises and hires. Reserve a car as soon as the travel information is known. Early bookings often receive the largest discounts as a “thank you” to the consumer. Book one day ahead of time, and consumers find expensive prices on remaining vehicles.
Renting a car takes some preparation and diligence to find the best deal. Do not settle on the first rental quote. Go online or call other facilities to learn about their deals. Lesser known companies with good reputations may offer cheap rentals to bring in new business and generate word-of-mouth advertising. Listen to all offers and read the fine print before agreeing to a rental. Renting with intelligence puts consumers in the driver’s seat.