Hidden Secrets that Car Rental Companies Won’t Tell You
Have you ever wondered whether the information offered by the Car hire companies are all you need to know or there are some hidden secrets they hide and never let you know? However, this article provides some of the hidden secrets car rental companies won’t tell you;
Cancellations are almost free
You can make several reservations and play the system which you can eventually cancel without any penalty. If you are someone that is not really picky, you can actually make a reservation for one of the small cheap cars and another for beautiful cars that you may be interested in renting. After showing up, use the reservation for the smaller car.
Off the airport places are always cheaper than airport places
Due to the high airport fees, the vehicles you hire from within the airport locations are far more expensive than those hired from far or just nearby the Airport. You can actually prove it yourself and in most cases the fees charged cover your transport costs and car rental agency’s rental.
Also, Weekends are always the best time for pick ups
Proper timing is everything
The biggest expense car hire companies usually incur is depreciation thus most of them lease all the cars in their fleet. Generally, they are charged different rates for different kinds of cars. It is always essential to the companies to have as many cars as possible on the road because those that are not on the road don’t make money thus cost the company depreciation fees. However, a client that comes after a busy holiday weekend can actually name the price for the car he or she wishes to hire.
Book in advance and check rates regularly to see whether they have changed
Most Car rental agencies won’t tell you that rates usually change and that you can actually book in advance. Some advanced Companies have links to online travel websites which change costs based on both company’s available inventory and recorded costs. It obvious that last minute bookings are more expensive than booking in advance because for the former, you will seem desperate thus may be charged more money.
Make sure to always inspect the car you are hiring with an employee before signing any contract
Some car rental companies will convince you of how they have good cars in perfect conditions. However, you may need to first inspect the car before signing any rental contracts because sometimes you might be pinned or asked to pay for damages you actually never caused.
You can actually negotiate for your upgrade
No one should lie to you that upgrade rates exist. They don’t exist and are actually made up by the sales persons thus if you are interested in the larger car instead of the smaller one you had reserved for, you can actually upgrade so long as you can actually afford for the larger car and no extra fees. In most cases, you will notice that such fees are given are the discretion of the salespersons and is very negotiable.
If you complain, you can actually be helped
Most car hire companies always go to extra lengths to make a customer happy even when their complaints or grievances are not legit. Even the most ridiculous complaints you make can be solved much as companies tend to have stringent terms and conditions that you have to abide by.
Other secrets some car rental companies don’t tell you are; for longer safaris (one week or more), you can call the company directly and bargain on better deals since most companies offer discounts when you are hiring for long periods but most of them wont tell you that directly. Also, booking directly through the website of the agency will not save you a lot of money.