Car rental: common mistakes to avoid

Car rental is a service that offers many advantages, whether you use it for business purposes (national or international travel) or for private purposes (holidays abroad, for example). Nevertheless, before signing a contract, it is important to be aware of all the conditions that govern the rental, to avoid unpleasant surprises. We indicate the mistakes to avoid in order to getting the most out of this service, with no extra charge on the invoice. You can visit www.drivy.co.uk and learn further more information about car rental services. Our advice is as follows:

Rent away from an airport and a tourist area

In order to avoid paying a surcharge on the invoice, it is better to rent far from an airport (where parking spaces are expensive for the companies and therefore inflate the final price) and far from important tourist areas (where the companies overcharge, especially in high season).

Check the fuel level

It is important to return the vehicle with the fuel level indicated on the contract. Otherwise, the company may charge you for the missing fuel, at the rate it has decided (which is obviously higher than the nearest station’s rate).

Take into account sales tax

When calculating the cost of your rental, don’t forget to take into account sales tax, otherwise you may have a bad surprise when you receive the invoice.

Be vigilant about the age of the driver

The age of the driver who rents the vehicle is not insignificant and has an impact on the invoice. Thus, people under 25 and over 70 will be paid a supplement because they correspond to audiences that have statistically more accidents. So choose the person who will drive the rented vehicle carefully!

Return the vehicle in good time

It is imperative to return the rented vehicle within the time limits mentioned in the contract. This means: neither early nor late. Early return fees may apply. As for delays, be aware that a full day can be counted from 90 minutes of overtaking!

Pay attention to the limited mileage

Some companies limit the use of a rented vehicle not only in time but also in the number of kilometres that can be covered. Even if it remains rare, be vigilant! Again, check this clause on the contract because any additional kilometres will be overcharged.

Pay insurance only if necessary

Some car rental companies require you to pay insurance when it is not mandatory in some cases. Check with your own company to see if you are also insured on a rented vehicle.

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