You need a car on your bet safari, renting a car can give you the freedom and flexibility when you are traveling, and in some parts of the world, it’s the only feasible way to get around. But a rental car can add complications to your trip like trying finding the best deal or sorting out exactly which insurance options you need. You can read some practical tips on saving money, understanding your rental agreements and avoiding problems with your car rental.
Choosing a vehicle; you need to think of vehicle you will need. In case you are traveling with children or with a lot of gear, you might want a large sedan or SUV. In case you are looking to save money on rental rates and gas, you will want to reserve the smallest present model. Size isn’t the only factor. You need to look for something that is environmentally friendly. Many companies now offer hybrid vehicles. Be sure to reserve a car with automatic transmission and the car has a GPS system.
Booking your car; you shall find major international car rental agencies all over the world. But depending on where you are going, locally owned companies could offer lower rates, before booking, read reviews to be sure their companies are up to the standards of the majors. You will always have to shop around and check the major booking engines and aggregator to get an idea of what rates are present. You can as well visit the Uganda car rental websites or visit their offices to get discounts. Before booking online, always does an internet search for coupon or promotion codes to put into the booking engine of your car rental company’s site.
Understanding your rental; in case you are booking online, read the terms and conditions carefully confirming your reservation. If you are booking over the phone, ask the personnel about restrictions. Be sure you understand the conditions of your reservation. Is there any penalty for no shows, how long the car can be held if you are stuck in traffic on the way to pick up location? Is there a fee for the additional drivers and must their names be listed in the contract. You can as well ask about any restrictions on travel across country borders. You always have to get the confirmation number and about the airport rentals, make sure that you give the customer service representative your flight number and the scheduled arrival time, this will protect your reservation in case the flight is delayed.
The true cost of car rentals; the rate being advertised in big print might become so inflated with state and local taxes, airport surcharges, the additional driver fees, insurance, gasoline bills and drop off charges that might end up paying more than double what you expected. Presently the major booking engines have become more transparent about rental car rates, and they now show you the total cost of your rental, including the estimated taxes and fees, early on in the process of booking. Many car rental companies have come up with yield management were by their computers can quickly readjust prices according to changes in the supply of cars available, and so the rental rate you are quoted is valid only at that moment.
At the pickup time; if your first drive will be from the airport to the hotel for the night, why not opt for a shuttle van to the hotel instead. This will save you the price of car hire for a day. Even if you are to drive on the same day of your flight, you may not have to get the car at the airport. By picking it up downtown, you can often avoid hefty airport surcharges. In case you have personal insurance or charge to a major credit card, you will be covered for collision damage. This means you will not buy the car rental collision or loss damage waiver insurance. Before leaving, inspect the car carefully for body damage and be sure that the lights and turn signals are working properly. You need to familiarize yourself with the workings of car before leaving the lot.
Returning the car; always be wary of the prepaid gasoline plans. Always fill the tank yourself before returning the vehicle so that you are only paying for the amount of gas you actually used. Always don’t use the gas stations near the airport when dropping off your car since the prices tend to be high. It’s also know that returning the car early might cost you money since you will pay an early return fee, and again returning the car late might cost you too, many car rental companies give you a 30 minutes grace period before beginning to rack up the late fees. Check the car properly not to leave any of your personal items inside. Always be sure that the check in attendant inspects the car’s body in your presence.