If your truck is currently in the shop, you might be in search of a rental. When you are new to vehicle rentals, you want to avoid some common mistakes that other people tend to make. Be careful to plan for the following situations.
Not Getting a Pre-Rental Inspection
You should never rent a truck without inspecting it first with a rental attendant present. This is done to ensure you and the rental associate know the condition of the truck at the time of the rental. They do this so that when you return the truck, any damage is compared to the damage that existed before you rented the truck. Not only should the rental company provide an inspection, but they should not try to rush through it. Ensure they are taking their time and double-check the inspection sheet when it is finished.
Automatically Buying Their Insurance
In many cases, you do not need to buy the insurance that the rental company provides. If you have a truck, then you have truck insurance, and that probably has some coverage for rental vehicles. You can contact your auto insurance company to find out for sure. Another option is to look into rental care insurance covered by your credit card, as many companies offer insurance coverage for rentals. Either way, don’t assume you do or do not need insurance from the rental company. Always check with your insurance company prior to getting the rental.
Renting From the Wrong Location
Auto rental companies will have prices varied based on the company itself, the type of vehicle you rent and their location. Renting from places where rental trucks are high in demand, such as near the airport or train station, are going to cost considerably more. It is worth going a little farther into the city where the prices are a little lower. Look into truck rentals beforehand so you can make the right decision.
Waiting Until the Last Minute
Similar to buying plane tickets, it is going to cost you more if you wait until the last minute. Arriving at an auto rental place and wanting a rental truck for that day might mean paying a little more for it. Of course, this might not be avoided if your truck just broke down and you need it right away. However, if it is possible to rent the vehicle ahead of time, you could save some money and not have as much of a wait while at the rental place.