Different vehicles to rent

Wreck, Ferrari or a truck?

If you think about renting a car, you might see a mini-van or small every-day car in front of you. This is not the only things that are available to rent – there is a lot of different categories to rent from.

There is of course very simple cars to rent, like the regular model of the regular manufacturer. But despite from this, there is a lot of different kinds of cars and vehicles. Most of them are cars, but there is also companies that rents motorcycles, and even more companies that rents trucks and trailers. Trailers is in some places very frequently rented, mostly by people that are to move to another home, or if they are to move something a bit bigger. Trucks are also used for this, most of the time.

The regular cars comes in different sizes, something to have in mind when looking for renting a car. If you are alone, a smaller car may be suitable and they are often a bit cheaper as well. These might be good for when driving in the city where the traffic on the streets makes it easier for a small and compact car to get around. On the other hand, a bigger car might be more convenient when you are to go a further distance, maybe on the countryside. For longer trips with more luggage, the larger car may be more practical.

If you are many people, for example a group of friends, a minivan can be a better option than a larger car. A minivan can take more passengers and more people, to a slightly higher cost. It you rent a used car, like the rent-a-wreck-idea, you often get away with a perfect functional and safe car but for a lower cost. This is a good idea if you’re on a budget and want to spend your money on something more exciting than transportation.

Maybe you are more of a luxury kind of person? Most car rental companies also offers a wide variety of cars with more luxury and in the higher prize class. It may cost you a little more, but you will get a very new car with the top equipment. Only you decide it it’s worth the money, or if you rather go for a “wreck”.

What to look for when renting a car

Know what to look for when renting a car

There is a lot to get the hang of when renting a car. It may not be easy to get everything to add up and know what a good renting place, or a bad renting place is. What should you have? What terms are all right and what are a rip-off? Here, I’ll explain some things to focus at.

  • Location/pick up spot – you will get more out of your renting if you rent your car from a suitable location. Having to travel far and wide just to get to your station, or your wished location, is never a fun activity. You will enjoy your renting a lot more if it’s convenient and easy to pick up your car, and if you don’t have to travel all to long for you to reach your destination. Also, there is an economical aspect of this as well. It might be convenient to step in the car just after you get off the train or airplane, but it may also cost a bit. Perhaps it’s better to take the bus or walk a bit to where you can pick it up. You may save some money, and as long as it’s not to hard to get there it might be worth it.
  • Fuel policy – are you driving a lot, or just a little? The full-to-full option may sometimes be very cheap and money smart, but if you plan on driving a lot it may not be the suitable option. Paying for the miles and eventual extra gas may be a better choice if you are to drive more and a linger distance. Be sure to have this planned ahead, and do some research of what policies the companies have.
  • Space – being squished together is never fun and it can easily ruin an otherwise very nice trip. Make sure your car has a lot of space for you, your bags and your friends if they are joining. It might cost a bit extra for a bigger car, but with more people sharing it will not be that much of a difference. A smaller car might be suitable if you are to drive it alone, but as soon as you get a passenger or two, it can be crowded and unpleasant.

Also, make sure you feel comfortable with the car, as well as with he company and policies. Having a bad feeling when renting is never good and it will also potentially ruin your trip. Remember to make sure you are up to date with all policies, and that nothing is unclear or seems strange.

What to bring when renting a car

Checklist for what to bring

When you are to rent a car from a station, you need to be prepared. First of all, make sure you know what kind of premisses is valid for this station. When should it be returned, how many miles you are allowed to drive and such things. I can recommend you to have this decided and cleared out, so there is no questions to disturb your experience with renting your car. When you have this figured out, it’s time to go to the station and get the car. But there is a few things you should keep in mind before you go there.

To make this as smooth as possible, you’ll need to have a few things with you.

  • Your voucher/eVoucher – this proves that you have payed enough for your car. It’s like a receipt and without this, you will not get your car that you’ve booked. Sometimes it’s needed to be in the form of a paper, but usually it works just fine if it is as an email.
  • The credit card of the main driver with enough money to cover the deposit of the car. This makes sure that there is enough money to cover the safety deposit, so the rental company has enough money if there were to happen something with the car. More about this can be found in the post about insurances.
  • Each drivers full, and valid driving license – the rental company must be sure all drivers are allowed to drive, of course. If you are the only one to drive, you only need to show you license. However, if there are more drivers, they need to show their license as well. The drivers usually must have had their legit license for at least 12 months, often 24 months.
  • Your passport or other valid identification – this is to make sure you are the same person as you say you are. Without this, the rental is not legit and correct. You will not be able to rent anything without valid identification.

Also, keep in mind that different rental companies often have their own demands, and that this only is a quick, basic guide for you to use as a fundamental checklist. When you book your car online, you will often get a confirmation email. This will also tell you about what to bring, so you will know more specific. Although, it’s a good basic and it’s always good to be prepared.

Rent a Wreck – wait, what?

Rent-a-wreck, a movement that grows and grows. It started about 40 years ago in the United States, and have grown constantly since then. The idea is to offer a cheaper alternative to rental cars, instead of the usual rental places.

Rent-a-wreck is quite as it sound, but not exactly. I you rent at a station, don’t expect a factory new car with the top morden technique. It’s not the point. Instead, they offer a bit older cars for a lower price. It’s still very safe and nice cars, just not factory new. It can be cars and vehicles that other rental stations have had and sold out to make room for the new models. It can also be cars bought from companies that have done the same thing, or even cars that are last years model. They are all safe to drive and not at all a wreck, even if the name implies it.

Renting a cheaper car can be very advantageous, since it allows you to have it for a longer time or getting some extra spending money. It’s just as safe and easy to use as the factory new, so you will not have to fear for suffering a malfunction on the road. Instead of doing to a general renting station, and getting a brand new but very expensive car, you can look up where to rent “a wreck”.

Unfortunately, it is still not so widely known around the world and finding a station can be tricky. The usual renting companies often has more stations and it’s easier to find one of them. These can also have some kind of cheaper and a bit older alternatives sometimes, but it’s still a bit rare. If you find one however, we can recommend to rent there if you feel comfortable with it, and if you want to save some money.

 

Insurance – good to know

When renting a car, it’s important to have an insurance. Of course the plan is to get through the journey safe and sound, but accidents do happen. There can be mishaps, the human factor is a part of life and there can be things that you simply cannot control. Therefor, an insurance is important to have. Although, it can be a bit tricky to get the hang of everything. Here’s a guide for you, hopefully it will help you understand more about car rentals and insurances.

Insurances are often written in shortenings, which makes it even more confusing than it already is. In the list below, we have collected the most usual kinds of insurances. If you read and understand this, you will be well prepared for what you might encounter when renting a car.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is the first and basic insurance that you should make sure to have. If you have this, you will not have to stand for all cost if it were to happen something. With the CDW you’ll only have to pay for the excess, which can be different between the different companies. However it does not cover for damages on the roof, tires, wheels and undercarriage.

Theft Protection (TP) is exactly what it sounds like. With this you will not be needed to pay for all cost if the car is stolen, or if someone tries to steal it. All you will need to pay for is the deposit, the so called excess. This is also a given insurance to have, since you will ont have to stand there with a stolen car and have to pay for it.

These to insurances are the most common and they are usually included in the rental. However, it’s wise to make sure you have them. With these, you can feel safe and it will cover up most of the damages.

Super Damage Waiver (SDW) is the upgraded version of the CDW, which eliminates the excess. This insurance is complementary and will often be very expensive. If you can take another insurance instead of this, it’s wise to do.

Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) will cover the costs if a person gets hurt. It covers the damage on two persons in the car, and can be a good complement if you feel it’s necessary.

Personal Effect Coverage (PEC) will cover damage of your valuables. Most times, your other personal insurance will still cover this area and you’re better off with not buying this insurance to the rental car.

Make sure to see what insurances is included when you rent your car. Keep in mind that the CDW and TP is the most important ones, and that you mostly will be fine with these. Try to look out for the shortenings and make sure to only take the insurances you feel are needed for you.

What is one way rental?

One Way Rental option

If you ever rented a car, or looked into renting, you’ll probably heard of One way rental. This may be a question that you’ll bump into when renting and it’s good to know what it is. Sometimes, the company that provides the vehicles may ask about this option. If this happens, it’s good to have an understanding about that.

Standard or one way?

First you should know that one way rental often is not standard. It’s not guaranteed to have a one way rental option. Most common is the other way of renting, where you rent and return you car on the same station. This can be very useful if you are moving in the same area and when your journey starts and ends on the same location. Perhaps you are visiting a new town for a few days, or you are renting a car for an to-and-from journey. If this is the case, it’s very suitable with a regular renting.

However there is times when you are not to end in the same place as you started. Maybe you need to travel a certain way to somewhere and are not to return afterwards. If you are to rent a car for only one way, it’s wise to use the One way rental.

As simple as it sounds

The principle is simple. Rent your car or vehicle at one place and return it on another.

But it’s not just any car rental company that is possible to go with a one way rental. It takes certain conditions to do this. First of all, there must be a company that has a station in both your starting destination, and your final destination. It’s very rare that two or more companies works together and makes one way rental possible. It’s of course necessary for both stations to collaborate with car rental, so the know what car was rented to which person, and to make sure it’s in the correct condition and in the right dates.

Not all companies

It’s also needed for the company to have this possibility. Even though it may be the same company that runs both stations, it’s not guaranteed to have the one way rental option. Make sure to check with the company of your choice before you rent it. It’s never a happy time if you found out you need to return it to where you got it. However, if you find a one way rental company which matches your demands, the procedure is more or less the same as in the standard way. Book, rent, use, return.

With this simple information, we hope you are more informed about how one way renting works. Please check in on us again for more information, tips and guides.

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