Tips for car rentals

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Hiring a car is usually a preferred method for vacationers to see the sights. You aren’t relying on tour groups or being shoved in a bus full of people you don’t know. The added advantage is you can…

Hiring a car is usually a preferred method for vacationers to see the sights. You aren’t relying on tour groups or being shoved in a bus full of people you don’t know. The added advantage is you can put your own itinerary in place, see what you want to see and you can do it all at your own pace.

The first step to reducing the cost of your vehicle hire is the vehicle that you choose. You will notice that the car rental companies will provide you with a good selection of vehicles to choose from at varying costs.

If you are traveling as a couple, then choosing a compact and economical car will help keep your costs down dramatically, not only on the hire, but also on fuel. When you hire one of these vehicles you pay a weekly or daily rate, but you are responsible for filling up the vehicle with fuel to get you where you want to go, the more economical the vehicle, the less you are going to pay overall.

When you’re scouting the internet searching for minibus rental companies, ensure you only choose ones that include insurance. Buying additional insurance can be exceptionally expensive. Depending on where you are visiting will determine how much insurance is.

A good car rental company will include insurance in the price and you will have to pay an excess should you be involved in an accident. This is something you need to take into consideration, as most companies will only accept card as payment, keeping your information on file should they need to deduct an excess amount.

There are some companies that will accept cash payment, but you pay an additional deposit on collection, which is held in the event that an excess needs to be paid. So if you’re paying cash, bear this in mind, as its additional cash you will need.

Your age is going to play some role in the amount you pay. Most companies won’t consider hiring you a vehicle if you are under twenty five, try and ensure at least one member of your group is twenty five or older, ensuring you can hire the vehicle with ease.

Always have a look if the company you are looking at offers an extras. Many companies will include some fuel in the tank to at least get you to your hotel and around for a while before you run out. Others will include an extra driver in the deal, ideal if traveling as a couple and you both have a valid driving license. These are things to look for which you would ordinarily pay an additional amount for.

The next important factor to look at is how the vehicle is charged. Be careful here as this is where so many car rental companies catch you. Ensure that when choosing a car you are paying a flat daily rate or weekly rate without any hidden extras. Double check with the company before booking as some will charge you a flat rate and then surprise you by adding a per mile price to the amount, sometimes doubling the bill, if not more.

Always ensure you return the vehicle on time. This cannot be stressed enough. Many companies will give you a half an hour or so, taking traffic into consideration, but a late vehicle means you pay for an extra day. When you’re trying to find the best deals and keep your car rental amount to a minimum, this is a very important factor to consider, so ensure you never deliver the vehicle later than agreed.

Drive Barbados is an affordable minibus hire company on the UK. This family owned company is focused on providing their customers with the best car hire at the most affordable prices, without any hidden and unexpected charges. 

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