Holiday Car Hire: An Essential Guide to Save Money
Renting a car can enhance the flexibility of any trip - be it business or leisure. Spend a few minutes reading these tips and I guarantee that you’ll be better off!
• Renting From Airport
Renting from an airport often means airport surcharges. To avoid these fees and possibly bag additional savings, choose a car rental service away from the airport. It can be more convenient than booking at the airport and having to take a rental car shuttle and dealing with huge crowds.
• Avoid Fuel Rip – Offs
The most cost-effective arrangement for fuel is 'full-full' - you pick up the car with a full tank of petrol and you return it full, not making any petrol payment to the rental company.
• Shop Around & Compare Rates
Car rental rates can vary depending on the company or the amount of lead time, so it pays to shop around instead of taking a "one-and-done" approach. Price differences between rental companies can be enormous.
• Rushing Through Inspection
Thoroughly inspect your rental car before you drive away. Otherwise, you might be charged for damage you didn’t cause. Never assume that a ding is too small to warrant noting or that the car company already knows about damage.
• Paying extra for GPS or a Car Seat
Car rental companies may charge you extra for accessories like a GPS or child car seat. If you have a portable GPS you could pack in your suitcase and use on your trip, remember to remove it from the rental car on your return.
• Returning a Car Late
Most car rental companies charge daily rates based on 24-hour periods. You may be given a grace period, you may be charged late fees or for a full extra day if you return the car past that time window. Allow plenty of time on the day you're returning your car to avoid this extra fee.
Keep these simple things in mind while hiring a car in Ayia Napa and take advantage of them to either save money or get a better deal.