Written by Jonathan Pearce
1 April, 2020
When you’re hiring a car – whether it’s to help you get around on holiday or to replace your usual vehicle while it’s getting repaired – there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’ve been overcharged, or that you could have gotten a better deal elsewhere. Car hire companies are notorious for charging customers for unnecessary extras, unwanted policies or additional insurance that wasn’t obvious in the agreement, but planning ahead can reduce the odds of being taken advantage of massively.
Our blog looks at the top money-saving tips and tricks to help you cut the cost of car rental and avoid common car hire pitfalls.
The most important thing to do when organising car hire is to start planning as far in advance as possible. A good portion of costs associated with car rental agreements are tied to punctuality so it’s crucial to know exactly when you’ll need the car from, and start looking for deals a few weeks beforehand. This gives you the chance to take advantage of early booking discounts and makes it more likely that you’ll get the model you’re looking for. Some other ways to save money on car rental before you book are:
Car hire agreements often get a bad reputation due to companies overcharging customers but, all in all, car rental is a really cost-effective way to access a vehicle over a short period of time – particularly if you need it for work. One of the other benefits of car rental is the lower cost and affordability, as hire vehicles save you from having to worry about other costs like maintenance fees, depreciation and insurance. Having a hire car also gives you the freedom to travel wherever, whenever you please, which is a necessity if you work remotely or have lost access to your family car.
This freedom also means that you aren’t tied to public transport timetables and therefore can travel more comfortably with your passengers. Finally, it can be a great way for you to make a vehicle choice depending on the specific needs you have at a given time – like safety features, technology and towing capabilities – and gives you the opportunity to drive a high-performance car that you couldn’t otherwise afford to buy.
At AMT, we’re advocates for safe and responsible rental car use and we pride ourselves on providing a service that’s tailored to you. If you want to find your ideal rental car, contact our dedicated team today to discuss your requirements