Renting a vehicle may seem like a simple process, however it is only simple if you know what to expect and are prepared when you get to the counter. Now if you are renting a vehicle for local around town usage, there probably be very few things to consider but if you will be traveling to an international destination and then renting a vehicle you need to make sure that you are prepared with everything you will need to make your rental go smoothly.
- PAPERWORK – Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prepare for when you arrive to pick up your rental vehicle is to have all the paperwork together in advance. Putting your driver’s license, passport and insurance documents all together along with your rental confirmation number will make the transition a much smoother one. Also, be sure to find out in advance if you will need extra documentation, especially if you are traveling abroad, some of these documents need to be obtained in your home land in advance.
- KNOWLEDGE – Know in advance what to expect when you arrive. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the vehicle you will be leasing and how it works. Be prepared that you will probably spend about an hour getting everything set to go, even when you are prepared, you will need to take the extra time to read over the rental agreement and to look over the car and make yourself familiar with it. Knowing in advance that this process will take time will allow you to be better prepared. If you are traveling for a long day and the family is in tow, let them do some sightseeing while you complete the rental process or suggest they go for a bite to eat. This will allow you to take the time you need to get everything in order.
- QUESTIONS – Ask all the questions you need to, whether about the operation of the vehicle or about the agreement itself. Ask them about emergency road service and insurance. Make sure you have a firm understanding of everything before you drive the car off the lot.
Getting everything in order prior to taking your rental vehicle off the lot is the best way to ensure that you have a successful rental. Being prepared with the correct documentation and gaining the knowledge you need before taking your car hire off the lot will make for the best possible rental experience.