Travel smart: 7 rules of the road for rental Urban Asian
- Be picky about your rental company
While price is important, what matters is the level of customer service you’ll get if something goes wrong with your car.
- Know what is covered by your insurance
Most car rental companies offer liability insurance, which covers damage to the car, but not bodily injury or accident expenses. If you’re renting a car for a long trip and want extra protection, purchase additional insurance before you sign any papers.
- Know what is allowed in your state
First of all, each state has its own rules regarding the age of renting a car. For example, in Illinois, that number is 21. So if you’re under that age, make sure you’re accompanied by an adult.
Second, some companies charge per mile, which can add up if you drive more than expected.
- Make sure everything is in working order before leaving the field
Once you’ve signed the paperwork and paid for your rental, there’s not much you can do if something goes wrong. Check to see if the company allows customers to test drive a car before renting it. If something goes wrong when you start driving, you’re bound to pay for repairs or lose money you’ve already spent.
- Know what type of gas is in the tank
If you are renting a car in Chicago or at the airport, ask if the vehicle has been powered by gas or diesel. You will need to buy gas before returning the car if it is the last. Otherwise, you risk a hefty fine.
- Find out what type of insurance is right for you
There are two main types of rental car insurance: liability and collision/loss damage waiver (CDW). Liability insurance covers damage to your own car as well as others, while CDW covers everything from tire damage to theft. It is best to check with your insurance company before making a final decision.
- Know how to handle an emergency
If your car breaks down on the side of the road, don’t panic – just call the rental company and let them know what happened. The worst thing you can do is leave the car to get help or take public transport, as this could result in additional charges or even theft of your belongings left in the vehicle. Once everything has been settled, document the incident in order to be reimbursed for the costs incurred.
After following these rules, your car rental experience should go off without a hitch – and even if something unexpected happens, you’ll know how to handle it. So do not hesitate to consult them to make your trip as pleasant as possible!