I live in the UK. I don’t have a car but I don’t really like to commute in public transportation much. My solution? To rent a car weekly, or may be even monthly if I can.
Commuting for me is a very pain in the head. During rush hours, you will have a lot of competition to be able to get in the train, or even the taxi’s and buses. Well, I don’t really like to go through all that every day from time to time. I’d rather let the competitions get ahead of me from stepping in the vehicle than me getting pushed with their bodies.
Anyway, I rent a car from car renting companies and it did me a lot of good results. I won’t have to wait in public places, waiting for public transportations. I don’t have compete with many passengers for the transportation. It was actually a bliss.
I was renting car for almost a month until I noticed that I don’t actually really know a lot renting a car. There was one time that I was renting a car for just certain hours. I rent, then I paid – the usual. But then, when I looked again at my receipt, I noticed that the total amount of charge that I paid was almost the same as when I rent a car for 1-2 days. What an outrage, that was. I feel cheated but then, what do I know? It was such an experience. Because of it, I practiced a certain habit of doing certain things whenever I am renting a car.
Here are 4 car renting habits that I always do:
Get quotes for weekly rentals
Well, you know my experience. I just rented a car for just certain hours and the total amount of charge was already the same as the car rent for 1-2 days. Because of this, I make it a habit to get quotes for weekly rentals. As I have been making this a habit, I eventually learn that: the longer you rent, the less it’ll cost per day. And this made so much sense when compared to my past experience of car rent expense.
Double check currency conversions when comparing prices
I have also many experiences in renting a car in foreign countries and boy, currency conversions can be a pain. Some foreign-based car rental company sites uses fudged conversion rates that make the price in dollars look cheaper than the price that will actually show up on your credit card bill. Make it habit to usually check currency conversions. Check it yourself. I recommend that you use Oanda for your currency conversion.
It is good that you pay for your rented car when you booked. Make this also as your habit. The advantage is that, for the next time you book, you may likely be able to get a discount.
Read the fine print
Whenever you rent a car, make it also a habit to read your car rental reservation voucher. Familiarize yourself with the company’s rules, terms and conditions. There may be certain information’s that the employee or the agent forgot to mention to you when you had your conversation for the booking, may it be personally or through the phone.
These are the things that you, as a car renter should be making a habit of doing. This are all just easy task. It doesn’t hurt if you do make these as a habit. It will certainly gain you better result, knowledge and advantage.