Rental cars are leased to people who don't have access to their own cars, such as when traveling. Rental cars can often be found in Rental Car Centers typically found near airports. Car hire in the USA has become a highly competitive market with the arrival of online booking and cheap air tickets offering a car hire package deal. As a result prices are very keen. The major rental companies have to readdress their online strategy in order to keep up with recent developments. Another growth area is the decision many people have made to give up their private car and opt for renting when they need one. This has given rise to home deliveries and one way car hire in the USA, proving to be a very popular sector.
Renting a Car in America
You need to be familiar with the rental industry's conditions and the costs of renting before you rent a car. Also make sure you have a good driving history else renting a car may be difficult.
Things to do before you rent a car in USA
- Do an overall survey of your requirements.
- You could verify from different companies the rental fees and the conditions and finally pick the best rental company will could rent you a car satisfying your requirements and
- Make sure you understand the company's terms and conditions and the rental fee calculation
- You can find out about the different offers and discounts provided by the company
- On blackout dates (usually the holiday seasons) the advertise price may vary(mostly high) and the offers and discounts will be restricted. Make sure you find out about the
- Collision Damage Waiver (CWD), which is enforced in some states, is an optional charge of $9 to $13 a day. This is a guarantee that the rental
company will pay for the damages done to your rented car. This is optional, if you have rejected the Waiver, then you will have to pay for all the damages. This waiver is not
applicable to your personal property. If you are not covered under CWD or any personal auto insurance then you will have to pay the full amount for the destruction done to the
- Exclusions of CWD:
Sometimes the medical plans bought by you can provide other coverage which the CWD doesn't allow. You should be aware of the specifics of your insurance policies.
- Negligent driving, driving on unpaved roads, driving out of state in which the car was rented, drunken driving, unauthorized driver operating the car.
CDW coverage, a rental car company also may offer:
- Personal Accident Insurance (PAI): At a daily cost of $1.50 to $4, it pays a death benefit and a portion of your medical expenses if you're in an accident.
- Personal Effects Coverage (PEC) or Personal Effects Protection (PEP): At an average daily cost of $1.25, it safeguards your luggage against damage. If your homeowner's
policy covers your luggage and other belongings while you travel, you may not need this protection.
- Reimbursement: The rental company will charge you some money which is refunded at the end of your rental contract when you return the car.
- Airport surcharges and drop-off fees: Airport surcharges refer to the money charged to shuttle you to and from the airport. Drop-off fees refer
to money charged when you drop off the car at a different location from the pick-up point.
- Fuel Charge: The fees for the gasoline will be included along with the rental charges which may differ from one company to another as follows:
- Some rental companies give you the car with half-tank of gasoline charging you some amount, they require you to return it empty.
- Some fill the full tank and charge you for the amount of gas you use.
- Some do not charge you for the initial amount of gas present but require you to return the car with full tank of gas. If you don't then the company will charge you their price
which is usually higher than the normal price. This fee will be included in your rental bill.
- Mileage fees: usually are assessed on a cents-per-mile basis or as a flat fee when you exceed the allotted free mileage cap. Knowing approximately
how far you will drive will allow you to select the company that offers the most favorable mileage terms.
- Taxes: are levied by states and some municipalities. You may be able to avoid the higher tax rate of an urban pick-up site if you pick up your
rental car at a suburban location.
- Additional-driver fees and underage-driver fees: are costs a company assesses when you share the driving with another person or when a driver is
under a certain age (often 25)
- Out-of-state charges: are assessed when you drive the car out of the state in which it was rented.
- Equipment-rental fees: are imposed when you order extras such as ski racks and car seats. If these items are important to you, make sure you
reserve them in advance.
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