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Auto Rental Considerations

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/30/2007 | Auto and Trucks
Auto rental is a practical alternative for people who travel a lot yet dont want to drive everywhere.  For instance, instead of driving over from one state to another far-flung state, one can save his energy by flying to his destination and then just renting a car there to drive around in.  Auto rental is even more practical for overseas vacation trips or business trips.

Auto Rental Tips

When thinking of renting a car, you should consider the following:

1.    Auto rental company
Choose an auto rental company whose name is synonymous with reliability and trustworthiness.  By going with a reputable auto rental company, you can be fairly sure of being given a well-maintained rental car since such a company has a name and reputation to protect.  The result is that youll be assured of getting a reliable rental car.

Furthermore, your auto rental company should have 24/7 support so that you can be sure of help when you need it.  If your auto rental company has excellent customer service, you will not wait long for help when your car dies down in the middle of an obscure country road.

2.    Auto rental insurance
You should ascertain whether you need auto rental insurance or not.  This depends on a lot of things.  First, if you have motor insurance that covers you in case of vehicular incidents in your own car or a rental, then you probably dont need separate auto rental insurance.  However, even if such is the case, you should be sure to check what the particular coverage is for incidents when you are not driving your own car or an auto rental.  It might turn out that you actually have just secondary coverage when it comes to auto rental incidents.

You can also check with your credit card company for auto rental insurance.  Some credit card companies give automatic motor insurance coverage when an auto rental is charged to the credit card.  Again, check the extent of coverage is such coverage is in place.

Finally, the auto rental company usually offers basic auto rental insurance with car rentals.  You should explore this option fully.

3.    Length of auto rental
Before renting a car, you should have a fair idea of how long you might need it for.  If you are not certain, make sure that you have the option of extending the rental without being charged a penalty fee.

Keep the above things in mind for your auto rental.  If youre going to a strange place, it would be better if you are to procure the service before you reach your destination.  You will surely find a number of auto rental companies online.