Rental Car Tips You Shouldn't Live Without

What You Should Know BEFORE You Get a Rental Car.

Renting a car can be a necessary part of many vacations you might take, especially if you are flying to your destination, then you will definitely need a rental car once you land. There are some important things that you should keep in mind when you are getting a rental car.

The Definition of "Offered"

It’s important to know that when you are getting a rental car you will almost definitely be offered car insurance. The key word is offered. Buying this insurance is actually optional but many consumers are not aware of that fact. A rental car company in most states cannot refuse to rent you a car simply because you are elect not to take the coverage they offer. Check with your insurance company to determine what your own policy covers.

Even More Add-Ons

A Collision Damage Waiver is another add-on that rental car companies try to persuade customers to buy. In some states, having an automobile insurance policy automatically means you have this coverage as well. If you purchase your rental car using a credit card, your credit card company might also provide you with coverage. Call your credit card company before going on vacation to determine what, if any, coverage you will have by using your credit card to complete the transaction. Essentially any time you are duplicating coverage you already have, you can pass on the optional insurance rental car companies offer.

BYOCS (Bring Your Own Car Seat)

Another important thing to keep in mind, particularly if you are traveling with small children, is that some car rental companies do not offer car seats. In our increasingly litigious society, some companies are shying away from offering car seats to customers. Even companies that do offer car seats charge the same amount per day as it would cost you to purchase just one new car seat. If you’re traveling by plane to reach your destination, you can take along a car seat and use it on the plane or check it in with your luggage and you will have it available when you land before getting your rental car.

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