As many hit the road for summer vacations or holiday seasons, many will use car rentals in parts of the United States and other countries around the world. While rental cars can be suitable, the cost associated often is confusing. Take a look at car rental situation that could cost you more money – and how to dodge them.
If you have your own auto insurance, it might cover any collision damage and personal liability for the temporary use of a rental car – but not a moving truck. If you use a credit card to book and pay for a rental car, it may have secondary collision coverage on it. This credit card coverage will take effect for all that your personal policy does not cover, and you do not need to pay any deductible. Before you rent check on your insurance coverage by your own company – you may be able to decline all insurance coverage for the rental car.
Of course, if you do not have your own auto policy or you are concerned about potential increases in premium should you need to file a claim with your auto insurance, the rental company’s insurance might be prudent.
Renting from the airport can often mean more surcharges. To dodge these fees, choose a car rental service away from the airport. Many off-airport rentals offer transportation to and from the airport. It also could be more convenient than booking at the airport, needing to take a rental car shuttle bus and having handle crowds that could be large.
Rates for car rental vary depending on the company or the amount of lead time, so it might be in your favor to shop around instead of taking the first one you find. There are also websites that let you shop around between rental companies. Also look for coupons. Yes, even coupons can help with the price of a rental car.