What you need to know before renting a car

If you are planning your summer vacation, you may be searching for the best discount flights to your city of choice; however, do not forget the rental car.  Many companies offer great rental car discounts if you book your rental car at the same time you book your flight. By booking your rental car early, you will get the best rental car rates and also the best selection of models.  However, in addition to knowing how to find the best rates for rental cars, there are a few other rental car basics that you should be aware of before you drive off the rental car lot.

If you want to give your kids the ability to drive, you will pay a hefty premium for that privilege.  Drivers under the age of 25 pay more to drive a rental car than older drivers do.  If you or any authorized drivers are under the age of 25, you will pay more for your rental car even if they never actually drive – – just putting younger drivers on the registration will raise the rate.  In addition, having any extra driver on the registration, no matter what the age, will add an extra premium to your rental car rate.

When you rent a car, you will have the opportunity to purchase rental car insurance to cover damages to the car while it is in your possession.  This insurance can be quite expensive, $10 to $20 per day, and is not always necessary.  Before renting a car, check to see if your personal automobile insurance covers rental cars – – most policies do provide coverage.  Also, if you are renting the car with a credit card, your credit card company may also provide rental car insurance as part of your credit card contract.  However, be sure to check with both your auto insurance company and credit card company to verify exactly what each will cover to ensure you have enough rental car insurance. Pay attention when the car rental agent goes through the contract.  Little things like “no driving on unpaved roads” can cost you if you fail to pay attention and violate any of the car rental rules.

Bring anything you may need rather than rent it from the car rental company such as car seats and GPS systems.  You will pay much more for these items if you request that the rental car company provide them with the vehicle.  Make sure that you fill up before returning the car because the company will charge you much more per gallon than you pay at a gas station.

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