What You Should Know When You Hire A Car For A NZ Road Trip

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

When you’re renting a car, many things can go wrong if you aren’t careful. You could choose the wrong rental company, pay more than your budget allows, hire a vehicle not suited for your purposes, or not even get the rental at all. The next time you need to utilise car hire services, remember these tips. 

Choose The Right Vehicle 

Many things come into play when you’re thinking about “the right car.” When you hire a car, you should have a budget in mind. The first step to hiring the best model for you is selecting a rental agency and vehicle that fits your budget. Make sure that you’re clear on how much you can afford, and what you’re looking for. Do you need a van, a minibus, an SUV or a city car? Generally, the rental prices vary per type of car, so if you want to keep within your budget, hire the vehicle you need – not one that you want. 

Book It In Advance 

Do you need to run some errands around the city? Going on a trip with your family? While you’re planning, you should book your vehicle ahead of time. Leaving it to a few days before you need it might be too late. What will you do if the best rental company for you, which fits your budget perfectly, doesn’t have anything available? Preparing is always the best option. Make sure that you book the car up to two weeks before the day that you need it – and you don’t pay for that time. 

Car Insurance 

Before you sign a rental agreement, make sure that the car has some form of insurance coverage. If you get into an accident, if it breaks down, or sustains damage before it’s returned, you’ll have to pay for the damages. The excess should be covered in your rental fee, but make sure of it before you sign the contract. Also, before you sign, make sure that you document all damage on the car if there is any. Make sure that your consultant is with you so that they can’t hold you liable for damage that was there before you left with the vehicle. 

Car hire is a simple, streamlined process if you know the basics. Book the right vehicle ahead of time, so that you have it available on the day you need it, without a spanner being thrown in the works. Then, ensure that you have insurance to cover you in case something happens. Once you get that right, you can hit the road. 

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