Important Car Rental Tips for New Consumers

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Hiring a car offers consumers the benefit of convenient travel in situations where they are unable to use their own vehicles. But the rental process is not always a pleasant one for many new car renters. Whatever your reasons for needing a car for rent, it is important for you to be acquainted with the ins and outs of the rental process, especially if you are a first-time consumer, so you can avoid having unpleasant experience with car rental companies.

Before walking up to the car rental counter, here are some things you should know beforehand.

Know what your auto insurance policy covers.

Before giving your credit card to your car rental agency, you should first review your car insurance policy to find out exactly what insurance benefits are covered by the card. Many credit cards offer some level of protection against collisions and theft, but these benefits may only be secondary to the car hire company's insurance or your personal auto insurance. Contact or visit your credit card company and find out what rental car charges, damages and extras are covered by the credit card. This will help you avoid any unexpected costs when it is time to settle your bill.

If you are not comprehensively covered or not covered at all by your personal insurance, you may consider purchasing insurance from your car rental company. Save money by purchasing only what you need. 

Look into the different car rental quotes.

Many car hire companies include hidden fees as part of the total price that they state when they are advertising their car rental services. Simply comparing the advertised rates without knowing exactly what they include may not give the correct picture of what you are paying for. Keep in mind that when comparing different car rental rates, it is important to compare "apples to apples."

Before you decide that a particular car rental price is better than the others, make sure you take all compulsory fees, as well as optional charges into consideration. Some advertised rates may include fees for extras that you do not need. Before renting a car, read through your car rental quote carefully to check for optional charges that you may not need to pay for. 

Renting a car and doing it right the first time can be a daunting task, but by practising the above-elaborated tips, you stand a good chance at having an enjoyable first experience. 


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