Tips for renting a car on your vacations

If you are going to your vacation spot other than taking your vehicle, renting a car can be an attractive option. Apart from the practicality and the freedom that this affords, car rental guarantees you a better respect for the environment and a guarantee of safety. Rental vehicles have an average age of 4 to 6 months (compared to more than seven years for private vehicles) and are regularly maintained. Thus, they have the latest technological advances in terms of safety and respect for the environment. We offer you five tips to read if you choose this mode of transport for your next vacation.

Define your needs

Your needs are of paramount importance since they will determine which type of car will suit you best (sedan, a city car, compact, etc.). It would help if you, therefore, asked yourself the following questions:

Which vehicle size is best suited to your trip?

To do this, take stock of the number of passengers and luggage to choose the category and the number of doors. Also think about the types of road you will encounter: on climbs, low engine power can be very unpleasant …

How many kilometers will you travel?

Double-check that the offer you are going to choose is sufficient.

What options do you need?

GPS, child seat are options which considerably increase the bill. Depending on your stay’s location and length, you can consider alternatives (such as bringing your GPS, making certain purchases on site, etc.) to reduce the rental bill.

Compare prices

The price is an extremely important variable but must not take precedence over the quality of the service. So, reading rental companies’ reviews helps you know exactly what to expect. There are websites like which provide information on waiting time, the condition of vehicles, and the quality of service on-site. By choosing a positively rated offer, you can save yourself a lot of hassle.

Choose the right insurance

If you do not want the costs to be borne by you in the event of damage, and if your bank card’s services do not already cover you, we recommend a “zero deductible” insurance. Tires and underbody are not included in all offers. The damage from tires and broken windows is relatively frequent. We, therefore, advise you to subscribe to it. Insurance covering the sill is not necessarily necessary because damage to it is rather rare.

Avoid additional fuel costs

Normally, pick-up and drop-off are with a full tank. This is the most advantageous solution for you because you only pay for the fuel consumed. Another formula exists with low-cost rental companies in Southern Europe and the United States: purchasing the first full tank from the rental company. And restitution with the empty tank. This rule is not to your advantage: you have to pay the first fill-up on-site at a high price plus service charges, while the remaining fuel will not be refunded. Be careful; this formula is often associated with offers at very low prices … which in the end are not! It is, therefore, preferable to choose a classic offer”, which provides for the pick-up and return of the vehicle with a full tank to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Prepare before picking up the vehicle

Preparing the necessary documents in advance can save you a lot of time and, above all, avoid unpleasant surprises. What are the documents in question?

  • the driving license valid for more than a year
  • a valid credit card, in the first and last name of the main driver, with sufficient funds for the deposit
  • the rental voucher (sometimes called a “voucher”)

If you have chosen a low-cost rental company, read your rental voucher carefully before arriving at the agency. This will help you refuse additional insurances that are far from essential but offered by this type of rental company. Finally, please pay attention to the condition of the car and the rental agreement before signing it. If the vehicle already has damage, the lessor should note this in the rental agreement so that you are not responsible for it.

Manage the vehicle handover well

If your contract stipulates that you return the vehicle with a full tank, find out in advance about nearby petrol stations. Do not forget to keep the ticket for the full gasoline. It would help if you had the condition of the vehicle ascertained. If you can’t return the vehicle during opening hours, it is essential to take photos of the vehicle to avoid possible complaints on the part of the lessor.

Looking for the best rent a car in Islamabad? Carlay Car Rental is just right for you. We provide excellent car rental services with an affordable price range and provide all the necessary services to make our customers ride better.

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