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How To Make The Most Of Your Car Hire

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Whether you are visiting for business or leisure, car hire is a convenient and readily accessible way to travel in a new country or city. However, in the interest of saving time or due to the differences in things such as language or currency, there are many unwelcome surprises you may end up coming across if you are not diligent. Below we’ll take a look at how you can prepare yourself before, during, and after your car hire period for an enjoyable and pleasant experience.

Always Read the Small Print!

First things first, make sure you have read and understood your contract. Most reputable car hire companies like SIXT and Europcar are always transparent on what is included in your car hire. You should also be able to get country specific information, so for example if you will be travelling from Johannesburg to Durban in South Africa, your chosen car hire company should be able to tell you the full cost. Other important details to look out for include your excess cover and the company’s policy regarding damage to the vehicle. Being diligent with the paperwork before you commit your signature to the contract will ensure there are no nasty surprises when you get your deposit back.

Check the Fuel Policy

There are a number of fuel policies available from car rental companies; some offer a full to full policy whereby you get the car with a full tank of fuel and return it with the same amount. Others may offer a full to empty policy which most people will take advantage of by using up as much of the fuel in the vehicle before they return it. The catch comes within the pricing for the varying fuel policies, depending on which option you choose, the price of your car rental may be lower or increase. Checking the fuel policy and working out what is best for you depending on the country or state you are in can help save you money during your trip.

What is covered by the Collision Damage Waiver and theft Protection?

This can also be included in the ‘reading your contract carefully’ section; make sure you understand the monetary values and what is covered by your car hire policy with regards to collision damage, theft protection and the cost of adding extra drivers. It might be a good idea to do some research on whether it is cheaper to get any extra cover in the country you are visiting or your own. There are many services you can use to compare excess cover and your car hire company should also be open with all their rates so you can make an informed decision.

In conclusion, there are many basics you should also include to this list, including brushing up on local driving regulations, keeping all your fuel receipts, and inspecting the rented car thoroughly before and after use. Being diligent with contracts and agreements will help you save money as well as the hassle of a dispute in a foreign country or city. Following the above suggestions will mean you can have the peace of mind to relax and explore your chosen destination without any distractions for a trip to remember.


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