Tips On How To Get The Most Off A Budget Car Rental

Budget car rentals are a traveler’s savior from being stranded in one place and from expensive taxi rides. But with today’s competitive market, I won’t be surprised that from trying to rent a car you end up renting a lawnmower instead.

You need to understand that the motivation of the people trying to get you to rent a budget rental car is both to help you as a traveler out but it is also to get the most money from you that they can without selling you a lemon. There are several simple tips, however, that will help you get through the process of renting a budget car without difficulty.

1. If you don’t care exactly which agency you use, think about choosing a budget car rental place that lets you set your own price. Such places just want to negotiate the best possible deal and may also give you upgrades and unlimited mileage offers, just to get you to go with their company. You’ll stay in budget and they’ll seal the deal.

2. Make sure you look for deals that combine flights with hotels with budget rental cars. You’ll pay less for your vehicle and such packages will allow you to pay one fee for everything. It’s better to try these at online travel sites and avoid those that are combined with airlines. Airlines provide a convenient deal but not at budget prices and you’ll end up paying more than you expected to.

3. Make use of internet resources in order to book a vehicle. There are, in fact, better deals to be had on the internet than you’ll find in person or over the phone. Upgrades are easier to get and there are some rental companies that provide seasonal deals for those who sign up on the internet. Besides, nothing is more convenient than booking a budget car in the comfort of your living room.

4. Ask for discounts that can be applicable to you, remember even when you’ve scored the best deal, there is still that one last ditch of a possibility that one of your credit cards support the company and provide discounts or that your frequent flyer program or military service can put that budget in budget car rental, its a long shot but it’s worth a try.

5. Most budget car rentals are low on maintenance so when you rent a car, check all sides for damage, and I mean every side and every nook and cranny of that car, make sure to inform the renter of these so that you won’t have to pay for damages once you return the car. In addition, try to check out all the accessories, wipers, radio, brakes, seat belts etc, to familiarize yourself with them, and also to check if they work, like the previous tip, you might be charged for this if you don’t inform them.

6. When thinking of insurance, make sure you don’t already have coverage for rental cars on your regular insurance. If you do have coverage, you don’t need to pay for extra coverage through the budget rental agency. They will have you sign a waiver to make sure you waive your right to have rental insurance through the rental company. If you’re not sure, get the insurance through the budget agency as it isn’t that expensive.

7. You’ll save money by picking your rental car early in the morning as soon as the agency is open. They rarely have their returns back by then and you’ll have a better chance of getting an upgraded car for free at that time.