How To Avoid Getting Ripped Off When You Rent A Car

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Are you planning a trip with the family, or intend to take a long break and indulge in an adventurous road trip? While getting a car rental is an easy and convenient option, there are various companies that can rip you off, burn a hole in the pocket, and make the entire trip a waste in terms of budget and expenses. All is not lost however, and there are a few tips that can help you get the car hire you wish for without weighing heavy on your wallet.

  1. Get the basic package: All you really need is a good, sturdy car that is fuel efficient and provides a smooth sailing ride without any hassle. So what you need to look out for are the additional frills that most car hire companies try selling in order to gain more profit. Before you know it, these add ons only add more to your expenses and less to the overall experience of traveling. Stick to the basics and get value for money while enjoying the benefits of a standard car hire.

 

  1. Carry Your Own Child Seats: In case you have children on board, then carry your own car seats, since most car rentals charge a significant amount for additional car seats for kids. This is one sneaky way in which a car rental can rip you off, so be aware of this and bring your own just to be on the safe side.

 

  1. Don’t buy excess insurance: Most car hire companies persuade the customers to buy their big insurance deals while getting a car hire, but even if the car gets a minor scratch, you would end up paying more than necessary, which is why it is best to stick to the nominal insurance amounts which cover the basic damage.

 

  1. Do a Double Check On Fuel Policy, Mileage and Extras: Before you happily hand over your credit or debit card details to the car hire company, make sure you do a quick check on the company’s fuel policy. If your journey is going to cover a long distance, then does the basic rental put a dent to the mileage in any way or puts a limit on it? If you are below 25 years of age, then is there a surcharge that you may be missing out on? These specifications are important to consider before cracking the final car hire deal.

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