7 Best Ways to Rent a Car Without Wasting Money


Renting a car, whether it’s for a road trip abroad, a weekend getaway, to relocate to a new home, or for any everyday activities, is becoming an increasingly popular service. After all, this is the possibility of free movement, comfort, and mobility. However, many people avoid renting a vehicle because of its high price. In this article, I will share 7 effective car rental tips that will help you find the best solution for you, without wasting money.

Fiat 500 C s convertible car

Rental Conditions of Different Companies

There are several rental companies in each major city today. To make the right choice, you should carefully study all relevant offers. It is worth considering the cost of the services offered. It is also advisable to examine the car’s appearance, the variety of the car fleet, the return conditions, the amount of the deposit, and other factors. According to customer feedback, CARNGO is the best vehicle rental on the market today. Be sure to check its car rental terms.

Vehicle Selection

The assortment of rental cars is wide and varied. Usually, the bigger the range of vehicles on offer, the cheaper the price. Think about your needs and find ways to be more cost-effective. For example, if you are travelling alone or as a couple, you probably won’t need 7-seater minivan (unless you need the storage space).  Large cars have high fuel consumption, therefore it is more economical to rent a small compact car. In addition, it will be easier for you to drive and to find parking in big cities.

Fiat 500 C s convertible car

Advance Booking

To rent a vehicle at an affordable price, you need to book it in advance – you can save a lot of money this way. In addition, you will get rid of situations when the car’s value increases during the days or weeks of waiting. Early booking will give you the opportunity to choose a vehicle that meets all your criteria. In the case of on-site rentals, customers often have to take what is available at the moment.

Choice of Rental Period

Rental companies often reduce the cost per day in case of long-term use of the car. As a result, 4 days of rent are more expensive than 5, and 9 days are more expensive than 10. Therefore, it is important to calculate all the options in advance. For example, it may be more profitable for you to pay an extra day of rent than to rent a vehicle exactly for the period for which it is needed.

Road trip by car in a scenic mountain location

Photo by Will

Car Rental Location

You can easily rent a car at any airport or at many train stations around the world. Rental companies also have offices in the city centre, which is convenient if you are renting a car to use in your city or region. The cost of a car at the airport may differ from the cost at the city office, the latter usually has higher rates. Likewise, if you are renting a car from a city and returning it to a different one, there will be additional charges. The cheapest way is to pick up and return the car in one place, for example, at the same airport.

Car Refueling

Professionals recommend always choosing the “full tank” option in a rented car. This means, the tank will be half full or full when you pick up the car. The amount of fuel left when returning the car must correspond to the amount in the rented car. Don’t forget to fill up the tank before returning the car, otherwise the rental company will charge you for it – at a higher price! I recommend asking the clerk at your rental company which petrol station is closest and they recommend; set a reminder on your phone to stop there on the way back to the rental office.

While driving, you can use different driving techniques that will help you avoid wasting fuel.

Choose Additional Services You Really Need

The practice of receiving additional services along with the car has become widespread. At the same time, you may not need everything that is offered to you, so it is worth making a list of your requirements first. For example, let’s say you rent a vehicle for a road trip across the United States. A GPS navigator will help you find the locations easily, but renting one is costly. To save money, use a navigation app on your smartphone – you can download the maps to access them offline if you won’t have a 4G Internet connection. They work almost anywhere in the world.

Man driving car in a city using Google Maps on smartphone for directions

Photo by Paul Hanaoka

The above tips will help you rent a car without wasting money. So put them into practice and get high-quality services at an affordable price!

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