Car Rental Do’s and Don’ts

SGRentACar – Tips and Checklist for Car Rental/Hire

Even worse than the expense of renting a car are all the little details you need to consider when signing a rental agreement. You’ve got to think about such things as how you’ll pay for gas, what you’ll need for insurance, and what rules and restrictions the rental agency demands. Our checklist of car rental do’s and don’ts will ensure your experience is a good one.

Compare rates

Compare rates on rental agency and travel websites. Be sure that any “deals” really are deals: Sometimes a rate really isn’t so great after you tally all the fees and taxes. Asking for AARP-member discounts could save you up to 20 percent, while AAA and travel loyalty programs can also trim costs. Checking coupon sites, booking compacts and avoiding “extras” like satellite radio are other ways to save. Consider collecting your car at a location other than the airport to avoid those fees. And be wary of rental agency gas tank fill-up packages; some quick math, depending on prices at the time, will help you determine whether filling up yourself is the better option.

Book early

Booking early gives you flexibility — for choice and pricing. Longer lead times mean more available cars, a broader selection and better rates. Arrive early, or at least on time, when returning a rental car. Even slight tardiness can cost you an additional day.

This bit of car rental advice seems obvious, but think: Do you really need a rental car? Paying for a rental, gas and parking doesn’t make sense if you’ll spend most of your vacation lounging on a beach or exploring city streets. Consider renting only for a day or two and using public transportation and cabs the rest of the time. On the other hand, if you lease your existing family car, and you’re planning a long road trip, renting makes sense for avoiding costs associated with exceeding the lease’s annual mileage cap.

Limit insurance

It’s highly likely you are already covered for a rental car on your existing policy, but check first with your insurance agency, buying only supplemental insurance as needed. At the very least, you need good collision-and-damage waiver (CDW) insurance. Some credit cards also offer CDW when you use them to charge car rentals.

Beware of restrictions

Most, but not all, U.S. agencies allow you to cross into and drive around Canada. There might be some restrictions and insurance issues, however, so ask before heading to the Great White North. Meanwhile, down south, driving into Mexico is forbidden by American-based agencies. In addition, some agencies have restrictions on back-country driving, say, or taking cars into major metropolitan areas. Be aware of those restrictions before taking that Land Rover for a desert jaunt.

Check for damage

Walk around the car, noting any dings, scrapes or dents. Use your camera or smartphone to take pictures or video of any damage (or lack thereof). Point out damage to the rental agent and ask him or her to note it on the paperwork. If you encounter any pushback, or the damage seems extensive, request another car.

source: http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-05-2012/car-rental-tips.html

5 Reasons Why You Should Rent A Car In Singapore

1. No hefty deposit – Instead of putting down a large deposit to purchase a car, why not consider renting instead? Deposits for car rental are as low as S$200 for daily rental and 1 month rental for a longer car lease of at least 1 year.

2. Fixed monthly cost – Afraid of chalking up your expenses in car maintenance and repairs? Or afraid of incurring a heavy loss when selling your car in future? Rent a car and commit to fixed monthly repayments to the car rental company instead as they will take care of all the other costs.

3. Hassle-free –  The most convenient way, click on the website, pen down your enquiries, send your enquires in and the person in charge will reply to you promptly. Alternatively, give him/her a call, state your request, make deposit via easy method internet banking and from there you can get your car reserved.

4. Convenience – A car can cater to your needs when at times you hate to go to somewhere inaccessible without that four wheels.

5.  Good first impression – Guys, impress your ladies with your superb gentleman gesture by driving a car to fetch your princess wherever she go. I am sure she will be smitten by you. Even if it is for your girlfriend, there is no harm impressing once in awhile to spice up your relationship. Aside from this, you can also create a good impression for your valued clients by picking them up in our luxury cars. Alternatively, we can provide you a chauffeur so you need not even worry about driving!