Hidden fees, insurance not necessary, payment … Here are my tips to avoid the pitfalls during a car rental.
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Here is an article on the pitfalls to avoid in car rental. It should be especially useful if this is the first time you rent a car.
The question of insurance
This is a question that comes up often. The renter will offer you his insurance every time. Should I take it? Am I already insured?
For civil liability, in general no need. By cons, if you travel to the US, it may be recommended to take the one proposed by the renter. Indeed, it should be known that in the USA, the ceiling of refund is low … so have a look at the romeairporttransfers-italy.com.
The renter will also offer you a multi-risk insurance. With a franchise or not.
What to take as insurance then?
First of all, if you have a Gold or Visa Premier card , you have a deductible refund included. To check with your bank.
If not, you have three options:
You take the option with deductible. In case of problems, you pay all or part of the amount of the deductible.
With franchise refund
You pay all or part of the amount of the franchise to the landlord on the spot and you are fully refunded. By cons, the price of your rental will be higher, around 5 euros more per day. Up to you…
With full franchise buyback: in case of damage, you have nothing to move forward. Disadvantage: it is very expensive, about 15-20 euros per day.
For my part, for a short-term rental, I do not bother and I take option A.
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Each option is paid unfortunately…
This is the case for GPS for example. The price may be more than 10 euros per day … .suggestion: take a local SIM and data, download Google Maps and presto; here you have your GPS!
Rent a car at the airport
In general, I avoid because it is not here that you will find the best rates, unless you go through a comparator, in some cases. That said, in a short trip, it can be handy to save time.
Already know that airport taxes may apply. They are often included in the rate.
If the agency is closed when your flight arrives, additional fees may apply.
Here are some traps set by the car rental companies to puncture a few dollars:
- A one-way ticket? Be aware that if you return your car to another agency, fees will apply.
- In the case of a second driver, the renter may charge a fee there as well. Try to negotiate if you rent your car directly from the agency.
- For drivers under 25, fees also apply.
- Pay attention to limited mileage. Each additional kilometer will be charged.
- Some renters request a winter supplement , especially for snow tires …
Attention to crossing borders If you think you may be crossing a border, ask your landlord. It is possible that the contract does not cover you.