10 Tips for choosing the right car rental company

With so many car rental companies out there, the task of deciding which one to choose from can be daunting and stressful. Rental car companies offer different services, prices and vehicles.

Bargain Rental Cars, for example, is specialised in providing reliable and low cost vehicles. The range of vehicles at BRC has small and economic cars that are perfect for the city commute, touring cars that are good for the city and also for the open road, station wagons for those carrying a little extra luggage, SUV's for those in need of extra space and power and also people movers and minibuses for those travelling with a large group of people.

Bargain Rental Cars have the friendliest staff and very competitive prices (maybe the cheapest in town!).

Here are the 10 Tips for choosing the right car rental company:

1) Compare prices

The difference in daily rates will vary according to the length of hire, day of the week, time of pick up/drop off, and seasonality.

2) New = Expensive 
Companies offering brand-new cars generally charge a premium for their fleet. Depending on your needs a vehicle that is not that new will do the same job sometimes for half the price.

3) Size Matters
size of car

Check if the vehicle you are hiring will accommodate your needs. For example, make sure you get a vehicle that can fit all your luggage and if you have infants and children traveling with you make sure the vehicle can fit all the passengers with luggage and child seats.

4) Insurance is always a good idea

Most companies include standard insurance on their regular rates with the excess going from $500 to $5000. For an extra fee, you can reduce that excess to a fraction of that price tag for peace of mind during your travels.

5) How far are you going? 

Some companies offer two different rates when hiring, one with unlimited kilometres, meaning you can travel freely without worrying about the extra cost, and the other option you will need to pay for the kilometres you travel. Normally when paying for the extra kilometres the daily rates will be much cheaper than the unlimited option.

6) Additional drivers

Some rental car companies may or may not charge for additional drivers. However, Bargain Rental Cars does not charge for additional drivers.

7) Filling the tank

Normally rental car companies will give you the vehicle with a full tank of gas and you are expected to return the vehicle with a full tank. In case you don’t bring it in full some car rental companies may charge you an administration fee and also for the price of fuel.

8) Extra bits

Most car rental companies offer an extra fee for GPS units, child seats, booster seats, roof racks, snow chains, etc… Some car rental companies may offer a bundle deal with discounted prices for several extra items.

9) Roadside Assistance

Some companies offer 24hrs roadside assistance provided by the AA. Normally there is no extra charge for a call out when in case of mechanical faults. In situations like a flat battery or flat tyres a small fee, will be applied.

10) Smoking is not allowed

Most car rental companies do not allow smoking in their vehicles. Car rental companies will charge you a cleaning fee in case you do so.

To wrap things up, always check the rental agreement and if there is anything you are not sure about, make sure to ask the rental car company to explain it to you.

At Bargain Rental Cars we pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service, reliable vehicles, and great prices.

Bargain Rental Cars offers the best deals on affordable and reliable vehicles in Auckland, Hamilton, TaurangaWellington and Christchurch. For a free quote contact us on 0800 566 701 or use our online booking tool.

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