Going on holiday? If you are anxious about using public transport, it is a good idea to consider a car rental. If this is your first time, then don’t worry! Here’s a guide to things you need to know before renting a car:

1. Rent before arriving at your destination

If you rent a car at the airport terminal you will probably be standing in a long queue and paying high fees. However, if you rent a car in advance you will be able to choose from a variety of vehicles and save money. Consider the number of people that will come with you for the trip and weigh your choices.

2. Do your research.

Be diligent when doing your research. When comparing costs, check not only the company prices but also between the different types of cars. Smaller cars cost less and have better fuel efficiency, ideal if you are on a tight budget. When hiring a car remember to check your rights and responsibilities as a customer.

3. Call the car hire company

Since most of the transactions are done online you need to call the car hire company to double check and make sure they have secured your car. It is important to ask questions at the onset so you are better informed and to prevent any hassle because of misinformation.

4. Know your age limits.

Age restrictions vary in different countries and even in different car hire companies. Whilst most agencies allow people under the age of 25 to hire a car, they charge a higher amount for this privilege. If you are unsure of the age limit ask the car hire company and clarify the situation.

5. Be prepared.

Once you are ready to pick up your car be prepared to present the necessary documents such as a valid ID, your driver’s license and an active credit card. Make sure to check in advance if there are any additional documents required.

6. Check the car before driving away.
Before leaving the car hire company, it is vital that you inspect the car thoroughly for any scratches, dents or any other signs of damage. If you think something is wrong, take pictures and notify the company immediately. This way, you will not be held liable for any damage observed once you return the car.

7. Refill the tank before returning the car.

It is common that rental cars come with a full fuel tank. If you are ready to return the car refill the tank. You may check the contract and see if this applies in the agreement.

8. Inspect the car again when you return

Once you have returned the car to the company, search the car to make sure you haven’t left anything behind. You may also take pictures of the car, whether damaged or not, to make sure that you have evidence against erroneous charges.

Here at Bristol Car and Van Hire, we offer you quality vehicles for hire. Whatever your need may be, we will find the right car for you. Our attention to detail and customer care policy are of the utmost importance to our continued business success. This is why you can always expect a service of absolute satisfaction when you choose to use our services. You can take a look at our website and browse our collection of vehicles. If you have any questions or concerns about our products and services please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please call us on 01179593333 or send us an email at info@www.bristolcar-vanhire.co.uk. Our friendly team will be happy to help.