Car rental : the pitfalls to avoid

The car rental is a benefit that has many benefits, whether it is used in the professional (national or international travel) or private (holidays abroad for example). Nevertheless, before entering into a contract, it is important to pay attention to all the conditions that surround the rental, to avoid unpleasant surprises. We tell you the pitfalls to avoid to get the most out of this service, with no surplus on the bill. Our advice is as follows:

Rent a car far from an airport and a tourist area

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

Check the gasoline level

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

Take into account the sales tax

When you calculate the cost of your rental, do not forget to take into account the sales tax, at the risk of having a bad surprise at the delivery of the invoice.

Be careful about the age of the driver

The age of the driver who rents the vehicle is not trivial and has an impact on the bill. Thus, the under-25s and the over-70s will be paid extra because they correspond to audiences that have statistically more accidents. So choose the person who will drive the rented vehicle!

Return the vehicle in good time

It is imperative to return the vehicle rented within the deadlines mentioned in the contract. It means: neither in advance nor late. Early return fees may apply. As for delays, know that a whole day can be counted from 90 minutes of passing!

Be aware of limited mileage

Some companies do not just limit the use of a vehicle rented in time but also in the number of kilometers that can be traveled. Even if it is rare, be careful! Again, check this clause on the contract because any extra kilometer will be overcharged.

Pay the insurance only if necessary

Some car rental companies require you to pay for insurance while this is not mandatory in some cases. Check with your own company that you are also insured on a rented vehicle.

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