Navigating the World of Rental Car Companies

Some vacation destinations give way to easy transportation from one must-see sight to the next especially bigger cities with sprawling public transportation systems. Other destinations require four wheels to get where you want to go. These situations mean dealing with car rental companies and navigating the many offers and details that accompany the car renting arrangement.

You can solidify your car rental plan before ever leaving home. Most travel aggregating sites offer links to the major car rental companies like Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo, Thrifty and others. Almost all of them keep lockstep with one another in terms of pricing. You’ll first need to decide what kind of car you need to rent which will depend on the space you require, number of passengers, luggage and luxury requirements. If you want to learn more about any of the vehicle models offered by the companies, check out the specifications and reviews on Cars.com by using the website’s easy search option.

Once you’ve settled on the kind of car you need to rent based on space requirements, finalize your pickup and drop off arrangements. You can also elect to pay for a full tank of gas after you drop the vehicle off at a predetermined price offered by the rental company which tend to be a bit higher than the going price in exchange for convenience. Or, you can opt to fill the tank up at the nearest gas station to your drop off point and save a few dollars.

When it comes to car rental insurance, many many credit card companies already offer some coverage in the event your car rental is damaged during your rental period. Be sure to read your cardmember agreement terms or call the customer service number to inquire if your card company offers insurance. If it doesn’t, the rental car company also offers insurance for unplanned incidents, and your current vehicle insurance policy might also include some clause that offers very limited coverage on rentals.

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