With new services such as car-sharing and ride-sharing apps, traditional car rental services have still flourished in this new age of technology. Why? Because people still need to rent a replacement rental after an accident or people still need a mode of transportation during business travels. While there are many pros and cons to all aspects of the market, I want to remind everyone of a few things of car rentals that could save you some money.
1. Understand your contract and what you are paying for. That includes any fuel surcharges, airport fees, supplementary amenities. I'm not saying don't pay for them but know what you need and how much more you're going to be paying for them. If you need a child seat or GPS, don't pinch pennies and not get them, but see if they can throw it in for free by asking. The fuel charges are normally for when you either bring back a full tank of gas or not, sometimes you need to if had planned your flight for a time where you might not have time to refuel. Just make sure you are not paying for things you don't need and see if you can get it for free. Most of the time if people aren't renting their amenities, they're just lying around in the office anyways, most agents will throw them in as a perk.
2. Ask your credit card company if they provide rental car insurance and if it is a replacement rental, if your coverage covers the insurance. A lot of people don't know the credit card perk or simply forget it. But a lot of credit card companies offer rental car insurance as a perk. As for a replacement rental, lots of policies cover the insurance of a replacement rental. A normal day of insurance waivers could cost around $25 USD a day, but why pay for something that is already covered? Save yourself the money and make a quick phone call.
3. Registering all drivers. If you're on vacation with your friends, make sure you register all drivers. It may cost only $10 per extra driver, but that's a headache you don't want to deal with if there's an accident. If you're on vacation, last thing you want to do is be designated driver the entire trip, take turns, pay for the extra driver and have a good time.
4. Underage drivers normally cost you quite a bit. In the US a lot of rental car companies charge an extra fee if the driver is less than 25 years of age. It normally correlates with the lack of driving experience and maturity and they're just covering their side if an accident should happen. If you can avoid paying the underage driver fee, you should avoid it.