For years and years, I couldn’t muster up courage to rent a car. The primary reason is that I heard shitty stories from acquaintances about all sorts of things going wrong on a rented car. Taking up their advice, I didn’t want to mess up. So, I always avoided renting a car.
Needless to say, whenever and wherever I couldn’t travel on my own car, I took subways, buses and taxis. I went through many pains but never rented a car. Now, I regret that why I didn’t take the chance earlier.
A few months ago, I came across this article, which you should also read. This article was written by Ed Hewitt at independenttraveler.com and lists top 10 things to check before renting a car:
10 Things Not to Do When Renting a Car
Renting a car is such a common part of the travel experience that you’d think the process would be straightforward and transparent — yet somehow it is anything but. Do I need to buy additional insurance? What about paying to refuel the car? I hear horror stories about phony damage claims; should I be worried? No one is around to inspect the car with me; is that okay? Can I drive into another country? Do I need all the extras they offer me at the rental counter? These questions come up pretty much every time we rent a car. Again, anything but straightforward.
Among all your options, there are some things you don’t need to do, or even should not do, when renting a car. Below are 10 of them.
Particularly scary were stories about how things go wrong when you are taking a rented car to airport. Most of the times I heard how the car crashed mid way and the person ended up missing their flights. Now that I have experienced renting a car on my own, I realize that I have been missing a lot. I could have easily saved myself a lot of stress by overcoming my stereotypes of these cars.
Read this article by Michelle Crouch at creditcards.com/ to know about the insurance technicalities involved in car rental:
Renting a car? Know whether your card adds insurance
Benefits may let you refuse costly collision damage waiver coverage
By Michelle Crouch
You’re standing at the car rental counter, anxious to get on your way, but first you have to deal with the representative who’s pushing you to sign up for the agency’s car rental insurance ”just in case.”
Most Americans have no idea what to do when offered collision damage waiver (CDW), the expensive add-on coverage offered — often forcefully — by rental car agents. Given the tricky exclusions listed in the fine print of most credit card policies, chances are, they’re even more confused about what their credit cards cover.
The truth is that if you are cautious enough and take your time to inspect the car, it is least likely that things will go wrong. Also, rent a car from a reputable company to minimize the chances of things going wrong. The good thing is that such companies also offer drivers in case you are not in the mood to drive yourself.
Watch this video by Lauren Fix to know 6 secrets:
Finally when I rented a car from Executive Car Service Tacoma after years of worry, I had an awesome experience and would recommend it to anyone.