Summer vacation time is almost upon us, and for many car lovers around the world, it means there’s one big decision to make. Do I take my wheels on vacation or just hire one from a rental company? The choice is yours, of course – but there are some compelling reasons for using a car rental firm rather than your vehicle. Here are five of reasons why auto enthusiasts should rent – take a look and let us know your thoughts.

It’s easier

If you are traveling any distance, hiring a car is so much easier than driving. All you need to do is grab a train straight to the airport, hop on, and pick up your vehicle on the other side. Road trips can be fun – but they also eat up a lot of your time. If you want to spend most of your trip away in relaxation mode, renting a car will save you a lot of your time.

It’s cheaper

If you are traveling abroad, there are a lot of costs involved with taking your vehicle. There’s the gas you need to get there, of course – not to mention what you use while on your trip. You might need to bump up your insurance cover, too – and you have the extra costs of bringing a vehicle on a boat if that’s how you are traveling. It soon stacks up, and the difference isn’t much when you consider the prices of car rental these days. A quick look over at Hotwire reveals that prices for renting a car start from less than $9. If you are heading off for a week, that’s not a lot of expense.

It saves your car

Don’t forget about the costs of depreciation, either. Why bring your pride and joy and run it into the ground when you can rent a car with complete peace of mind? You can rack up a serious amount of miles while traveling on vacation. And, with rental firms allowing for that in their prices, it makes sense to use theirs rather than yours.

The novelty effect

Driving a different car also adds to the novelty effect, which can help make your trip away more enjoyable. And, if you are used to driving an old banger at home, it’s a chance to get your hands on something a lot better. Renting a car can add to your luxury, and improve every moment, including the travel. Especially if your set of wheels hasn’t had working air conditioning for the past few years.

It’s better for your peace of mind

A lot of bad things can happen when you travel to a strange place. You don’t know the roads so well, which means you are more likely to have an accident. You’ll also be more unaware of the crime hotspots, meaning you car is more likely to be stolen. Don’t let it happen in your vehicle – the rental company has the cover, so choose theirs instead.

OK, so there you have it – a few simple benefits of renting a car rather than driving yours on vacation. Anything to add? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Emily Muelford

Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.

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