Rent a Car Checklist

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  • For how long will you be renting a car? What size vehicle do you need? Consider the cost of parking and gas. If you are traveling in a big city, look into public transportation options, and you may be able to cut your rental time in half.
  • ;Compare rates of the most well known ;rental services. You should call at least three different places that have a solid reputation and good customer reviews.
  • This can be a convenient option, as you can return the car to the airport on your last day. Beware, though, as some companies charge additional airport fees.
  • Some credit cards offer discounts for car rentals.
  • Get advice on any supplemental insurance - if ;any - you may need.
  • Some services will get you discounts as well. If you are a AAA cardholder, for example, you may be entitled to a discount on the rental vehicle.
  • Call to reserve your vehicle only after researching your options and making the necessary calls. Reservations should always be free, so you can cancel if something comes up.
  • D., ;such as a passport
  • Other facilities will let you drop off the car even if the office is closed.
  • Look carefully at all sides of the exterior, to ensure that there’s no ;obvious damage. ;Know that you can be held responsible for undocumented ;damage once you leave the rental car lot.
  • ;Uneven tread wear could indicate a ;suspension or alignment problem. ;If tread wear looks markedly uneven, you should ask for another vehicle.
  • Does the car have over 25,000 miles on it? If so, you should be more thorough with your inspection, as older cars tend to have more wear and tear.
  • This includes headlights, turn signals, interior and dashboard lights.
  • This may seem like a small detail, but it's one of the biggest consumer complaints as well as a safety issue.
  • You will need this if there's a feature you don't know how to work, or if you need to perform any ;maintenance ;tasks yourself.
  • You should see a jack and a lug wrench. ;Test the tire to ensure it's inflated. Refer to the owner's manual to see if your rental requires any other tools for tire-changing, such as a socket or other items.
  • Make sure there's enough washer fluid, antifreeze and oil.
  • Familiarize yourself with the dashboard and any additional controls.
  • If there are any problems with the way the car drives, it's best to assess this beforehand.
Scores 4.78 with 113 votes

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