Travel Tips – Car Rental Advice You’ll Want to Know Before You Rent

When going on vacation with your family, one of the most important things to consider is car rental, though it’s generally the most overlooked. While it might be okay for you to wing it when you’re on your own, it’s not quite as easy when you have the whole family in tow. And winging it is never conducive to a successful trip. Here’s a little advice to help you rent a car with as little hassle as possible.

Car Rental Advice for You and the Fam

Do Your Research Beforehand

Don’t wait to get to your destination to start looking into renting a car. You’ll be distracted and won’t put the same effort into finding a good deal as you would if you were at home. So, make sure to do your research ahead of time, and check out as many providers as possible to make sure you get the best deal.

Luckily, researching has never been so easy thanks to all the car rental sites that not only help you find great deals but offer reviews of individual companies so you know what to expect. It’s one of the most effective ways to make sure you’re getting a good deal but will also get good service.

Book Ahead of Time

Just like doing your research, you should consider booking your car before you even get on the plane. Definitely, don’t wait to rent a car until you get to the destination airport as you might have some unpleasant surprises and end up paying a host of hidden fees.

If you really don’t want to rent a car before you get to your destination, then at least wait until you get to your hotel. Most hotels offer some form of transportation from the airport and your wallet will thank you if you rent through the hotel.

Take a Close Look at Your Car Insurance

Usually, rental insurance is a good idea because it’s one less thing you have to worry about. After all, it seems that if something can go wrong, it will and somehow, the chances of something going wrong when you don’t have insurance increase exponentially.

However, before signing up for rental insurance, you should check your personal vehicle insurance and your credit card. This is because many personal vehicle insurance policies also cover car rental, and even your credit card might also offer some level of coverage, though it’s usually secondary.

The idea is that if you already have insurance, there really is no need for you to pay twice for the same thing. However, if you aren’t covered, then don’t skip the rental insurance, whatever you do.

Be Aware of Rental Rules at Your Destination

Not every country has the same rules and regulations when renting a car, though they usually are very close. However, in some places, for example, you might need an International Driving Permit, which you have to get before leaving the country. This is why it’s important to do your research beforehand as you could end up in another country with no way to legally drive.

Renting a car doesn’t have to be a major production or hassle when you are vacationing with your family. To make sure things will go as smoothly as possible and to ensure you’re getting the best possible deal, you’ll have to do your due diligence before you leave. It might take a little while, but the time spent is more than worth it.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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