So, you’ve just rented a car for the first time and you’re wondering if you should treat it like your own or be super careful while in it. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
When you rent a car, there are a few things to keep in mind. For instance, when you return it you have to refill the gas to wherever it was when you got it. You should also consider taking pictures (before leaving the rental place) of anything wrong with the car. That way, you won’t be charged later for small scratches, stains, etc. But are there any other rules to keep in mind?
Below are six things that you should avoid when you rent a car.
1) Avoid leaving a mess in the car.
Duh, right? You’d be surprised at how many people don’t clean up after themselves when they’re finished eating. You can eat in a rental car, but when you leave clean up after yourself. Avoid leaving crumbs or trash; just be courteous. Seems simple enough.
2) Avoid trouble by only allowing the main driver and any additional drivers to operate the rental car.
Some rental facilities allow drivers to add additional drivers when renting, so that both the main driver and any additional drivers are held responsible for the vehicle. Make sure that only authorized drivers are operating the rental because if something happens, only these users are responsible. If an unauthorized person gets in an accident or something, expect some trouble.
3) Avoid purchasing insurance if you don’t really need it.
Most of us have insurance for our personal vehicle and this coverage could be used for your rental if your policy allows it. So before you go buying rental insurance, review your policy or ask your insurer.
4) Avoid renting cars from airports.
Rental places in airports usually charge additional fees such as a surcharge. So if you want to find yourself a better deal, I suggest renting from places outside of the airport.
5) Avoid paying for damages you didn’t cause.
Before leaving the rental place, make sure to walk around the car and make notes of all the dings, scratches and dents. Use your smartphone to take pictures and document the preexisting damages if there are any. Point out the damages to the rental agent to ensure they have those damages noted on the paperwork. You can also always request another car if you feel uncomfortable taking the one that was originally given.
6) Avoid not turning in your car on time.
Many rental places will charge you an extra fee for each hour you’re late if you are more than 30 minutes late to return your rental car. Make sure to take some extra time out of your day to clean out the car and fill up the tank before taking it back to the rental place. I also recommend you take care of these things the night before. It can be a big help.
Make sure to keep these things in mind the next time you rent a car. Avoid hassles and extra charges and enjoy your rental car!