Those who travel for leisure or business often rent a car for use during their trip. Renting a car means you are not dependent on cabs. Most car rental companies have offices located at airports. Keeping these suggestions in mind will help you get the best package available.
Car rental offices exist all across the country. Most have branches overseas as well. Each company has its good points, but all are really comparable. So it is a good idea to comparison shop. Make and model of car, time of year and special deals will determine rental rates. The internet makes it easy to compare prices and reserve the car you want.
For ease of use, rental cars come with automatic transmission, air conditioning and radio. It is difficult to locate cars with manual transmission even if you specify it. Be certain to request child car seats when you reserve your car in advance if you are traveling with small children.
Rentals in the U.S. do not usually require a driver to have an international driver's license. You driver's license from your country of residence will suffice. An international license can, however, save you hassle at the rental desk. Clerks may have to take extra time to verify your license if they aren't familiar with it.
Policies will vary from agency to agency as will their driver requirements. Many will not rent a car to drivers under the age of 25. Some will impose an age limit of 70. A few will rent to younger drivers, but expect to pay a fee. Familiarize yourself with the various policies before you make reservations.
Agencies often adjust their price packages to compete with each other. Look at the standard rates, then ask about promotional deals. If you are renting a car during off peak seasons, the prices may be lower than during the busy times of the year. Good prices are available from all the agencies. With so many variables, good deals may take some detective work. Ask questions if you don't see what you want.
Travel agents often have access to special prices on rental cars if you make your arrangements through them. Rental fees can be included in the travel package. See how they stack up against each other.
Many agencies will push you to purchase car rental insurance. But the price of theft insurance, collision coverage and deposits are outrageously expensive. But it is something you must have. Check with your regular car insurance company, or your credit card if they will cover you for free. Rental insurance can bump your total price up tremendously. It is to your benefit to check out other free coverage.
Doing your homework ahead of time can net you the best deal on a rental car and keep your wallet fuller too. Spend it on a nice souvenir!