Before signing your rental car contract and driving away with the car, you need to know everything that you have agreed upon with the rental car owner. Think first about who will be responsible if the car gets damaged under your care; if it gets involved in a car accident, or if it simply gets scratched, will the rental car owner charge you for everything? Before signing your rental car agreement, make sure that these issues are clearly spelled out in the contract.
One of the things that rental car owners would make you decide before getting your rental car is whether you want to buy the rental agency’s car insurance policy. Many people simply say no without thinking first. Who then would be responsible if something happens to your rental car while it is with you? You would be responsible if you have no insurance.
However, it does not mean that you need the rental car company’s insurance policy. If you have an insurance policy on your own vehicle, then find out what your current car insurance company covers on rental cars. Full coverage on rental cars may be provided by your insurance company.
You need to check on your insurance company if there are insurance charges if you paid your rental car with your credit card information. When you are using your credit card of rental car payments most rental companies automatically put rental car insurance on your rented cars using your card.
You need to buy the rental agency’s insurance if you do not have any. You also have to keep in mind that you will not only pay for the damages to the rental car if you are in an accident but you also have to pay for the lost time on that car. It will take around three days to fix a car, and you will have to pay for three days of rental on the car since the rental car company cannot make money during that time frame.
Damages to a rental car do not always have to be in an accident. If the car is scratched, you could be charged. Before taking the rental car make sure that you have inspected it thoroughly. You contract should reflect the damages or the scratches found on the car before your took it out of their garage.
When all is said and done, you might think that you know how much the rental car will cost. But your will likely be surprised when you get your final bill due to additional fees and charges. You will have to pay taxes on your rental car.
Gas will also be charged. Some charge a flat rate for gas and have the car returned almost empty. Others will require you to return your car with full gas but will not charge you gas fees.