Whenever I stay at an all-inclusive resort I rent a car for at least a day or two. I find it important to explore my holiday destination and not just the insides of my resort. Many of these little “side” trips turn out to be a highlight of my vacation. more...
Whenever I stay at an all-inclusive resort I rent a car for at least a day or two. I find it important to explore my holiday destination and not just the insides of my resort. Quite often these “side” trips turn out to be a highlight of my vacation.
The price of a car rental can depend on the type of car you choose, the duration of the rental, mileage during use, and other optional services. Here are some handy and money saving tips to keep in mind while looking for a car rental.
Insist on a rental car that comes with unlimited mileage if you are uncertain where your travels will take you. If your rental package includes a set fixed number of kilometers, you will find yourself paying considerably more than you initially had planned when returning the vehicle.
Car rentals, like plane tickets, are often less expensive when booked in advance. You are also more likely to have your choice of vehicle and the have the invaluable option of changing your mind if arrangements are made in advance.
When you sit in the plane and realize you forgot to rent a car, it is important to remember that you often can save some serious money by avoiding renting a car right at the airport. Agencies located at airports often have additional fees or “value added taxes” that can seriously impact your final price. Take a shuttle to the next closest agency and realize substantial savings.
Even if you do not plan on driving the rental every day of your vacation, inquire about weekly rentals to save money over “per day” rates. These discounts can be substantial. Initial or advertised prices can often dramatically increase by the time fees and surcharges are added. Think about the insurance fees of at least $10 a day. If possible, call or visit the rental agency and get a “final price” before making a reservation.
Insurance: There are many opinions on this aspect of car rental. Be prepared for a headache if you do not opt for it and something happens to the car. Be prepared to pay more than you planned if you decide to take it. Your own insurance company probably can give you some advise on the matter.
Research gas prices. Most rental car companies’ offer prepaid refueling options. It is likely that the rental company will levy a surcharge to any fuel they provide. In 99% of the cases it will be less expensive to refuel the car yourself.
All of the major, national car rental companies have websites that will allow you to book your reservation from beginning to end without any interruption and without any interaction by personnel of any kind. While this can be convenient and can save time, the posted or advertised price is not always the best possible deal available.
Make certain that you pick that right vehicle for your trip. Consider the environment, temperature and terrain, as well as size, overall weight, and cost of operation. Picking the wrong car can result in uncomfortable, unsafe, or inconvenient driving conditions. Many companies have options and options for off-road vehicles and special provisions for use in difficult driving situations. Research road conditions and never underestimate them.
Last but not least, I recommend that you stick with a reputable rental company and make sure you have copies of all forms and receipts you sign. In case of a “mistake” you have proof that can help you to reclaim the undue charges.
No matter where you plan to go in the Caribbean, there is a unique adventure waiting for you. Other than taking a tour or excursion, renting a car allows you to create your own itinerary and maintain complete control of where to go, what to do and how long to stay in one particular place. Isn’t this where vacationing is all about?