Documents Needed to Rent a Car
How to Rent a Car and Documents you Should Keep Handy When Renting a Car
by Aaron Brooks
In the US renting a car is common and people often use this convenience to travel from one place to another as well as within a city or town they are visiting. Whether you need a car within the US or abroad there are a few basics you need to keep in mind.
* First determine what you need. Write down details like what kind of car, for how many days, who will driver, how many will travel, do you need a baby seat, and so on.
* Second do a thorough online search for an ideal car rental agency that is reputable, rents out cars where you are going, and offers competitive rates.
When renting a car keep handy:
* A valid drivers license. * If you are driving abroad then your passport with valid visas. * Proof of age. * Any discount coupons. * A booking voucher, if you have booked online. * Car rental insurance if any. * Copies of your health insurance. * Proof of residence. * Social security card. * Credit card. * If more than one person will drive the rental car then documents for the second driver too.
Most car rental companies only accept payment by credit card. Always read through the contract carefully and make sure you understand the fine print. If you have any questions contact customer service and find answers to your questions.
Before renting a car ask for an estimate. Determine clearly what the charges cover and if the company will bill for anything over and above the estimate. You must inspect the vehicle before taking possession and when you return the vehicle. Otherwise you may pay for scratches or bends you were not responsible for.
* Find out who is responsible for fuel.
* Ensure that the rental company offers 24-hour roadside assistance.
* Ask if the contract includes pick up and drop off or whether you will be charged extra.
* Check whether your car insurance covers a rental car. Otherwise take additional car insurance, its best to avail one from independent insurance companies as they are more likely to offer a better deal than insurance sold by the car rental company.
* Find out if they will charge more for additional drivers.
* Check terms and conditions carefully to see if there are hidden costs. * Check if the car papers are in order and find out when the car was last serviced.
* Always check whether the signals, lights, and breaks are in good working condition.
Always do comparisons of rates and before agreeing on a price ask if there are any special promotions being run or any offers like discounts to frequent fliers or AAA members. Many car rental agencies have in place a frequent user program with reward points. Since it is a fiercely competitive business you the consumer can benefit from their several marketing ploys employed by the car rental companies.
About the Author
Aaron Brooks is a freelance writer for Debt Consolidation , the premier website for free Debt Consolidation Services for loans, debt management plans, debt counselors, advice, loan payments and many more. He also freelances for the premier Credit Cards site Credit Cards