Tips and Tricks to Help you Rent Your Next Car

Everyone seems to think that renting a car just involves you paying the rental fee, hopping in the car, and driving from point A to point B.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. Different people have totally different needs when it comes to renting a car, and these needs must definitely be considered when hiring. Lucky for you, there are plenty of different car rental agencies in South Africa for you to check out!

Before you go out and actually rent a car for your trip, take a look at these key considerations to decipher exactly what vehicle will be right for your trip.

Consider your rental car needs: In this day and age, most of the car dealerships will offer a wide range of vehicles to suit every driver and their individual needs. With this in mind, it is important to define exactly where you will be going, as this determines the type and size of vehicle that you rent. If you will be driving up mountains, off road and through rivers, then it is advisable to rent a bigger vehicle that has the capabilities to complete these tasks. For example, a Toyota Hilux Double cab will enable you to drive long distances, 4x4 off-road, and climb mountains with ease. However, if you are just going to be driving long distances then a comfortable car with smooth transition is what you will go for.

Size matters:  Contrary to popular belief, size does actually matter, when it comes to renting cars that is. Not only does it cost more when you fill up at the gas station but manoeuvring the vehicle in general can become a bit of a nightmare when you are in small parking lots or driving down narrow roads. However, if you are a family of 5 and need the space, then renting a larger vehicle would be the smart thing to do. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your needs and requirements, and how many people will be travelling in the vehicle.

Do your Research: Now that you know what size vehicle you will be renting and exactly where you will be going to, it is time to do some research on the terms and conditions of various different dealerships. This step is especially important when you book rental vehicles online. Some of the things to look out for include:

  • Are there any penalties or extra fees for being late?
  • What additional features are included? (GPS, additional driver, tv’s, etc.)
  • Does the company have any travel restrictions on their vehicles?
  • Any additional liabilities that you should be aware of

Purchase Insurance: It does not matter which agency you end up choosing, all of them will give you the options of paying additional fees for car insurance. This is HIGHLY recommended, since driving is extremely dangerous and you never know what can happen on the road, especially in a foreign country. It will save you lots of money in the future if anything were to go wrong.

John Daniels

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