If you are planning a vacation or even a business trip that you know you are going to need to travel in a car once you reach your destination, you probably are not going to want to have to hassle with all of the details of renting a car once you get there. You probably want to also be able to pay a little as possible. If that's the case then you may benefit from some of the pointers given below.
It's really important for any trip to make sure that you do your homework. When looking for a car to rent it is always best if you spend a good amount of time researching different sites on the Internet. You should compare as many prices as you possibly can from the different companies that rent cars. While doing this you need to take into consideration the size of the car, you should try to get the smallest that you can get away with. You need to know how long you are going to need the car for and the amount of money you are willing to pay for it. A lot of times you will discover that if you deal with the companies yourself and not through a package deal that you may actually get a better deal.
It's really important that if you don't have AAA or AARP that you seriously consider joining one of them. If you have either one of these most places that rent cars will give you an additional discount. This is also true with a lot of hotels and restaurants so it's worth it in the long run.
Another way to save money when renting a car is to pay for it a head of time. When you prepay for your car rental you can save up to 15% on the total price. Make sure you ask them about the terms of service and make sure that you know what their policy for refunds is as well. This is very important that you know this before you commit to renting from them.
A lot of rental agencies offer their services at the airport but you might be better off if you pick up the car from one of their locations that are not located at the airport. Of course you will have to take some sort of public transportation to get to it, but this will still save you a large amount of money for a short time of inconvenience.
If you have good enough car insurance that will cover you when you are driving vehicles that are not your own, then there is no need to pay the extra money for the insurance they try to sell you when you rent a car. Check with your own insurance provider first before considering getting rental insurance.
When you rent a car most of the companies will require that you make sure that the tank is full of gas when you bring it back. It is very important that you do this at a gas station on your own and not bring it back for them to fill it up. They will more than likely charge you triple if not more than the average price you would pay elsewhere!