How to Rent a Car
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Renting a car can be incredibly practical. Even if you have a car, chances are you’ll need to rent one at some point or another. Maybe your car is in the shop, and you need a temporary replacement. Maybe you simply need a different car than the one you have, or you’re going on a road trip and you don’t want to put the wear and tear on your vehicle. Or perhaps you flew somewhere, and you need a car while you’re there.
Whatever you need a rental for, you’ll have to go through the process of getting the rental. Renting a car can seem a little bit daunting if you’ve never done it before, but the process is usually straightforward.
How to reserve a rental car
The first part of renting a car is reserving it, which can be done in three ways.
1. Reserving the car online
The most common way to reserve a rental car is online. Visit the rental agency’s website, choose the location and date and time that you would like to pick up the car, and then select the style of car. Many websites will also let you save some time by putting in one of your personal information.
2. Reserving the car on the phone
Reserving a rental on the phone is pretty similar to doing it online. Find the office for the rental agency that you’ll be visiting and give them a call. Tell them what type of vehicle you’d like to rent, and when you’ll be there to pick it up.
3. Reserving the car in person
Reserving a rental car in person has its ups and downs. It saves you the hassle of having to go online or make a phone call, and it can be great if you’re in a hurry. However, if you wait until you’re at the agency, they may not have a car ready at that moment, or they may not have one in the size that you’re looking for. You might have to wait, or get a more expensive vehicle.
Renting the car
Once the car is reserved and you’re at the rental agency, it’s time to rent the car.
Step 1: Give them your information. The rental agency will need your driver’s license, and some other information.
Step 2: Pay. You’ll need to pay for your rental car with a major credit card that matches your driver’s license. You’ll also have to pay a deposit, which will be refunded when you return the vehicle.
Step 3: Examine the car. Before you go, the agency will walk you around the rental, to show you the quality of the vehicle. Check for dents and scratches, so that you’re not responsible for pre-existing damage.
Step 4: Choose your insurance package. After the car checks out, you need to choose your insurance package. Most agencies offer two or three different insurance options.
After you’ve done that, you can sign the contract and you’ll be ready to get driving.
How to return the rental car
Returning your rental car is easy: just bring it back to a rental agency. If you can’t bring it back to the same location that you picked it up at, call the rental company and let them know; it’s usually no problem.
When you bring your car back, they’ll check the gas level and body of the car to see if there’s any damage. Assuming everything’s fine, they’ll give you back your deposit, and you can be on your way.
Renting a car doesn’t need to be a hassle. It’s usually a very easy process, and you can get on the road in a great rental in little to no time. Just follow these steps, and you’ll be good to go.