Posted by Admin
on 5 September 2019
Do you need to hire a car for your next holiday or trip? Renting a car is great because you can have the flexibility and freedom when traveling. As with anything though, there are some tips you should know to get the best deal on your next car rental
Below are some great tips that will help you save money and avoid problems with your next car rental.
Choosing Your Vehicle
What type of vehicle you will need? If you're travelling with kids or a lot of gear, then you should consider an SUV or sedan. If you want to save money on petrol and price then you should go with the smallest model available. Also consider if there is a diesel option available. In most cases diesel vehicles are 20 35% more efficient than petrol equivalent vehicle's.
Size isn't the only factor to consider when hiring a car. You should also find out whether the car rental company offers additional options you might need such as windscreen and headlight cover, reduced excess, baby / booster seats, child's car seat, ski roof rack, chains for driving in the snow, or if you'd like a GPS system.
Book in advance
Booking as far in advance as possible generally results in a lower price. A lot of car rental companies rates fluctuate with the utilisation of their fleet. So if you wait until the last minute during a busy period and most of the cars are booked out you will find the rental rates are much higher. Most rental companies don't have a cancellation fee so you can always book in advance and then recheck the price closer to your departure date. If the new price is cheaper than simply rebook or ring the company and ask for the cheaper rate.
Look Outside the Airport
Check for car rental companies outside the airport. as Rental companies at the airport tend to be higher priced than those a little further from the airport due to airport taxes. Remember you will still need to arrange your transportation from the airport to the pick-up location. (1300Meteor offers pickup and dropoff of customers free of charge during business hours. Please pre arrange at time of booking).
Sometimes you'll be able to score a great deal by renting the vehicle for a longer period of time. A lot of rental companies offer deals for longer bookings over a weekend in some cases offering a free day where a minimum number of days has been requested.
There are some features you don't need and can save you a lot of money when you don't have them. There are some things you can easily do using your smartphone such as GPS navigation.
So there you have it, a couple of handy tips to ensure you can get the best deal on your next car rental! 1300 Meteor Rentals look forward to assisting you with your Car Rental needs in Cairns, Townsville and Mount Isa in the future, if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.