3 Things to Consider before Choosing Your Car Hire

If you’re planning a trip and need to hire a car, you have several things to consider before you choose your ultimate rental company. We’ll discuss three essential considerations below that will help ensure that you have the best car hire experience possible.

Compare Rates

First, and most importantly, don’t go with the first car hire company that you find. Instead, you need to compare your options. Get quotes from several different companies to compare rates. Make sure that you use the same pick up and drop off dates with all the companies you get a quote from, and also ensure that you choose comparable vehicles so that your quotes are in line with one another. When you have your quotes, compare them to one another. The cheapest doesn’t necessarily win, though. You need to consider things like hidden fees, fuel charges, and the like that may not be listed on the quote. Dig a bit deeper.

Consider the Size Carefully

Next, carefully consider the size of the vehicle. It can be tempting to get a quote from a car hire company for the cheapest vehicle on offer, but will that be enough to accommodate your needs? How many people will be travelling with you? How much luggage will you need to store? How long will you be on the road? These are all questions that will impact the size of the vehicle.

Pay with a Credit Card

Finally, pay with a credit card. It is tempting to pay with a bank card but understand that most car hire companies will put a hold on funds in your account. That’s not such a big deal with a credit card, because the money isn’t yours in the first place. It’s worse when you use a bank card, as the hold will lock up funds that belong to you, and it can take some time for it to fall off.

With these three considerations, you should be able to choose your car hire provider and vehicle with more confidence.

Tom Brown
Tom Brown is an automotive market enthusiast living in the United States. He holds a diverse background in automotive marketing and enjoys utilizing that to produce insights into the inner workings of the industry.