Rent a car guide

February 4, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Transport

Anything your own car insurance does not cover, it is likely that your credit card will. In some cases the credit card coverage is as good as or better than your auto insurance; in others it is intended to be secondary insurance to help cover anything your auto insurance does not.

Of course, you will need to pay for your car rental using that card; just having a qualifying credit card does not give you any protection.

If you can, pick up your rental downtown instead of at the airport.

This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, but in general, rental rates at airports are more expensive than rates a little bit further away. Try looking for rates from pick-up spots closer to your hotel, or even in the city center.

Make sure to always compare those to rates from airport agencies, though – sometimes, the price difference will be negligible, or the airport might even be cheaper. Also remember that you’ll need to arrange transportation to the rental agency, whether you can take a hotel shuttle, or you have to pay for mass transit or a taxi into the city. More details on car hire in Havanna

Don’t Get a GPS

Car rental companies absolutely love it when you add a GPS onto your rental for an extra $10-$15 a day. Avoid this charge by using your smartphone for navigation. We download offline maps of whole countries to Google Maps. This gives us turn by turn direction even when we don’t have WiFi or data signal. Make sure to pick up a phone cradle for the drive that way you have distraction-free driving.

We’ve also used to get us across, Africa. Back in the day before smartphones I even bought a new GPS for a two-week car rental in Australia, which turned out to be cheaper than what the rental company was going to charge.

Join a rental car loyalty rewards program.

It’s easy, it’s typically free, and it often comes with perks like free upgrades and the ability to skip the lines. If you’re a frequent car renter, it’s well worth the five minutes it will take you to sign up. As a member, most companies will store your rental preferences, guarantee vehicle availability with two hours notice and give you rewards points you can redeem for free rentals or upgrades. And many loyalty programs will also carry over your status from another program, so if you’re able to secure elite status from one company, you’ll likely be able to transfer that status over to another. Check out small-business benefits programs like Hertz Business Rewards or Avis Corporate Rewards, as they offer a percentage off every rental if you register yourself as a sole proprietorship. More details about rent a car in Panama

Some car rental deals come with limited mileage. The limit might be shown as a number of miles/kilometres per day or per trip. If your deal has a mileage limit, you’ll have to pay an additional fee for every mile or kilometre you drive above that limit.
Tips for avoiding mileage limit trickery

It’s obvious, but it all depends on how far you’re planning to drive. Deals with unlimited mileage tend to be a bit more expensive, while deals with limited mileage can be cheaper, although the limit can be as low as 15 miles per day on some cars.
If you’re using the car for a few journeys such as going from an airport to your hotel, or you’re visiting a small island, a deal with limited mileage might work for you.