Car Rental No-No’s That’s Costing You More Money

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A car rental service is a convenient way to move around in style. With a wide array of services to choose from, you’re bound to find a company that can offer more value for your money. Usually, a rental car is affordable but there are things that could pump up the total cost of getting one. In today’s post, we are listing down simple rental mistakes that are costing you more money:

You don’t Hunt for Better Deals

Don’t depend on print adverts or commercials when hiring a car rental service. Dig deeper by searching online. You’d be surprised that hundreds of other companies are willing to bring the prices down to compete with larger, more established car rental companies! We recommend checking at least five potential service providers and compare rates. From your comparison, check which companies offer more value for your money.

You didn’t Book in Advance

Did you know that some car rental services raise the rates if the customer booked a car at the last minute? Booking a service early is a great way to save more cash and prevent any last-minute problems too.

You didn’t Check the Extra Fees

Surprised at the total cost of a rental service? You might’ve overlooked all the extra fees you have to pay such as the airport surcharges, taxes, etc. Expect the total cost to go higher if you’re driving from one state to the other. Different states impose different taxes so you have to consider this before hiring a rental. To cut back on the extra expenses, consider picking up the car at a location that’s nearer to the rental office.

You didn’t Return the Car on Time or in the Right Drop-off Location

You’re bound to pay more if you didn’t return the rental car to the right location. Some companies also charge extra if the car has been returned early due to “breach of contract.” Before signing up for a service, read the fine print. This is the only way to check if any charges will crop up if you unknowingly violated certain parts of the agreement.

But if it’s an emergency and you have to return the car early, keep the number of local roadside assistance companies in handy. If you must return the car, park it in a convenient place so the roadside company can tow the car back to the rental company.

You Registered an Extra Driver

Some rental companies will charge extra if you registered a driver. The extra charge could set you back $100 for a week. If you don’t want to pay extra for registering another driver, we recommend joining the rental company’s program prior to choosing and picking up the vehicle. To join certain rewards program, you’ll have to pay an extra fee. If you’re lucky, the rental company might not impose an extra fee to join their rewards program. You can always call your car rental hotline and inquire about such programs.

You didn’t Check the Fuel Gauge

Usually, a rental car that’s ready for pickup will come with a full tank. Once you return the car, you have to return it with a tank full of fuel too. If you don’t, the rental company will charge an added fee.