Renting a Car

posted Aug 16, 2012, 7:54 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 16, 2012, 7:54 AM ]
Car is a necessity in most of the places here in U.S. Either you buy a car or you can rent a car. You can pay either a monthly rate or daily rent. Though it's expensive to rent a car for a month or so, it might be required if you are going to stay at that place for a small period of time.
Here is some information you will need OR should know when you want to rent a car.
The driver/co-drivers need to be at least 25 years old.
Credit Card is required to rent a car. Else a deposit of about $300 etc...Most companies do not allow you to rent a car if you do not have a credit card.
You need a valid driver's license to drive a rental car.
Well-known car renting companies are
Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise etc.
Car Insurance has to be bought for the Rental car. It is a separate charge or is included in the total per day renting cost. Some credit card companies pay for the insurance if you use their card to book a car e.g. American Express Credit Card, in such a case you need not buy insurance from the car rental company.
You have to register the other drivers too as co-drivers of the rental car while booking the car. They should have valid driver's licenses too. Nobody else should be allowed to drive the car other than those registered!
Unlimited mileage or fixed mileage is also a criterion, which decides the hiring charges of a rental car.
You can make the booking over the phone. But you have to go personally to pick-up the car from the renting agency.
Generally the gas (fuel) tank is full and you are supposed to return it with a full tank.
Some rental agencies do not allow you to rent their car for travel outside the state.
There are various types of cars that can be booked. Generally depending on the seating capacity, such as small, medium, compact, large, full-size, premium, mini-van, van etc. One may even choose the make of the car if available. The rental agencies maintain the cars in good shape and generally have new cars.
The renting charges vary depending on the season, weekend/weekday, for how many days you want the car, how much in advance you are booking, availability, type of car etc.