Renting a car is so convenient and yet, at times, it presents a few hassles as well, doesn’t it? Well, the thing is, it really doesn’t have to.
Use these handy pro tips to hack the car rental procedure and you can have a smooth experience every time. Highway Bakkie Hire presents its simple guide to hassle-free car rental.
Car rental booking has never been easier. You can just go online and shop around. Because you can spend time browsing through the offers of various rental agencies, you stand a better chance of getting the best deal available. This is better than calling only one provider or showing up at once on the day of the rental – because you are giving yourself the luxury of time and choice.
Airport rental agencies are always more expensive than those in other parts of the city – even if it’s a branch of the same chain. You are better off leaving the airport on arrival and heading to an agency elsewhere. You should still make your booking in advance of course!
When you receive your car, an agent should go through it with you so that you can both see what condition you are getting it in. During this pre-rental check, take photographs of the car from every angle. This way, you can prove what the car looked like before you took possession of it and you can’t be held responsible for any pre-existing nicks, dents, scratches, broken interior parts, etc. Without this proof, you may find yourself being charged for damages. Be safe and circumvent that possibility.
Check how much fuel is in the tank when you receive the car and then fill it up to that same point when you return it. If you return the car with the tank empty – or at least diminished – you will be charged for that fuel. Avoid the bigger bill by simply topping up.
Most rental contracts make stipulations regarding the mileage you are permitted to do with the car before incurring extra charges. If you plan to do a fair amount of driving and have a considerable road trip in mind, ensure that your contract allows for unlimited mileage, or be prepared for the additional charges per kilometre.
You might have booked a car on a standard package, only to find that the agency has cheaper weekend (or weekday) packages that can give you significant savings. Ask about these.
It’s always to book as far in advance as possible, not only to save you the last-minute hassle but to secure some savings. A three-to-six month advance booking will be beneficial in terms of price. Any further in advance will not really bring any additional benefit.
You should rather not fall into the trap of adding GPSs, car seats or other accessories onto your bill. Rather bring your own – even if you have to borrow from a friend – and avoid the extra costs.
Are you aware that some car insurance policies might offer you savings on car rental costs? Check your policy and make sure you’re getting the most from those monthly premiums!
Most rental agencies run loyalty or frequent customer programs that enable you to build up points and enjoy some savings. Make sure you sign up for these. Even if you’re not a frequent traveller, you can still store up your benefits and use them when you can.
If you need a car for your next trip to Durban, contact Highway Bakkie Hire for the best rates. We specialise in hassle-free car rental.
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