Move independently of public transport schedules, explore beyond the typical circuits, carry your purchases in comfort wherever you go. Everything at your own pace and without surprises. This is traveling for those who choose to rent a car in the city or country of destination, a way to experience a different vacation or going for work.

However, in practice, we find that rent-a-car conditions can be confusing for the inexperienced, and sometimes it can produce unexpected situations if you do not pay attention.

Before renting

  1. When you go to pick up the car, the company will record any possible damage to it, so it is important to make sure that the review is exhaustive because if at the time of the return there is any imperfection that has not been registered, you will be+ responsible.
  2. The car rental must include insurance by law, but this usually has minimal coverage. If you want to be protected against circumstances such as theft or damage to the windshield, you will have to purchase additional insurance.
  3. Rental rates do not usually include fuel, which is charged separately. Furthermore, in some cases, the user is obliged to pay for the price of a full tank, even if he does not spend all the gasoline. In fact, if you do not spend all the gasoline, the company will not return the proportional part of what you have paid.
  4. There are some services on which companies usually charge extra fees. Some of the most typical are: charge for returning the car to a different collection center, for adding a child seat, for canceling or not picking up the vehicle, for renting at airport and train station offices, by driver additional, for portable Wi-Fi, or for carrying snow equipment.
  5. It is also possible to drive in some countries the company imposes special conditions on you, such as having an electronic toll system installed.
  6. If you are going to need additional services, such as a baby seat or snow equipment, you may have to notify the company a day or two in advance. Also, these services may not always be available in all centers.
  7. The minimum age to rent a car is not usually 18 years but can reach 21 or up to 25 years depending on the rent-a-car and the type of vehicle.
  8. The price of the fares is established based on the planned kilometers. Before deciding your rate, take into account the distance you will travel, because if you exceed it, you will have to pay a supplement for each kilometer.
  9. Sometimes rent-a-cars do not have a physical headquarters at airports, and for example, you must meet an operator who comes by bus to accompany you to the pick-up location.

While you drive

  1. Always keep in mind the cases in which you could be penalized: for example, if you smoke in the car or if you are fined (in which case a fine management fee may apply).
  2. Also, try to respect the conditions you hired, or else you could be penalized. For example, if you return the car later than stipulated, they may charge you one more day of rent.
  3. If you are going to drive in a foreign country, try to familiarize yourself with the native road signs beforehand, because some may vary.
  4. When planning your route, find out if you can easily park in the places you want to visit, and if you can do it free or by paying.

When You Drive a Car

  1. If you have to return the car to the airport before your return flight, do it in advance in case any procedure is delayed.

To conclude, renting a car is one of the best ways to travel freely and have a different experience. In addition, companies often offer a wide variety of options and prices for all budgets.

But before renting it is important that you plan your route and that you read the conditions of the company well so that during the trip you do not have to worry about anything other than enjoying the views.

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