How to Schedule a Car Rental

Before scheduling your car rental, a fair amount of research needs to be done. Certain requirements have to be met in order to qualify to rent a car. You must be 21 years of age and have a credit card or debit card in your name. You must have a valid driver’s license.

Begin shopping for price comparison online. When you find a rental company you like, call them and ask about additional fees such as charges for drivers under age 25, charges when you drop your car off at the airport, or charges for exceeding a maximum number of miles per day. There may be extra charges for an additional driver.

Ask how much the deposit will be at time of pick up. Confirm you will receive a full refund.

If you plan to tailgate or go off-road, check to see if that is in violation of your policy.

If you travel out of town by air, ask what the charge is to pick up your rental at the airport. The rental company owes a fee to the airport, and that fee will be passed on to you. Ask if you can book air travel and car rental as a package for savings.

If you want GPS or satellite radio, ask the rental company if they provide it and what the charge is. You may find it is smarter to use the GPS feature on your smartphone.

Do your plan to drive your rental across international borders? Determine if this is possible.

The rental company will gladly sell you insurance, but you may not need it. If you have full coverage on your personal car, that coverage may extend to your rental car. It is best to call your insurance agent to confirm. Additionally, your credit card company may offer limited insurance coverage for rentals. Once again, call your credit card customer service to confirm.

If you are a member of AARP or have AAA roadside service, check to see if they offer any discount on car rentals.

Remember to ask what they will charge per gallon to fill the gas tank when you’ve returned the vehicle. Customers have been charged as much as $8 a gallon. You may realize substantial savings by filling the tank yourself right before drop-off.

The final task before scheduling your rental is to ensure the size and type of vehicle you want is available on the date your want it. Frequently, customers who reserve a compact car may be upgraded to a mid-size car at no additional charge.

Pay for your rental using your credit card if possible. If you must use a debit card, ask the rental company about special rules, and be aware that they may check your credit score.

There will be an inspection of the car’s interior and exterior when you pick it up. Be very keen to notice any scratches. When you return the car, make sure a rental company employee is with you to conduct the final inspection.