Summer is the time for travelling, and often a car is the preferred means of transport as it enables you to take more luggage than allowed on a plane and gives greater freedom of movement; but if you rent a car, you should pay attention to several aspects to make the rental as safe as possible and ensure the car meets your expectations.
As the summer is the peak season for car rental, you should make your booking at least two weeks before the pick-up date. If you leave the booking to the last moment, the desired car group may not be available any more, or its price might have increased several times. When you compare prices, look at the price offers for longer periods than one or two days, because the rental vehicle has a better price per day the longer the rental period is.
You should also carefully read all the terms and conditions, and pay attention to the mileage restrictions, minimal liability coverage and requirements of the customer. “Before renting a car, it is useful to read through the rules, so that there will be no unpleasant surprises in the form of various additional costs,” Madis Sinijärv, the Estonian representative of the international car rental company, Budget, said.
It should also be kept in mind that if you plan to visit several countries, you have to inform the rental company of this. “The rules vary by country, and it may be that there are restrictions on entry for certain groups of vehicles in some countries. When you book, this part of your travel plan should be agreed upon with the rental company in order to avoid misunderstandings,” he emphasised.