What You Need to Know Before Signing a Rental Car Contract
Before signing your rental car contract and driving away with the car, you need to know everything that you have agreed upon with the rental car owner. Think first about who will be responsible if the car gets damaged under your care; if it gets involved in a car accident, or if it simply gets scratched, will the rental car owner charge you for everything? Before signing your rental car agreement, make sure that these issues are clearly spelled out in the contract.
Rental car owners would usually ask renters if they want to purchase their insurance policy. Many people simply say no without thinking first. But if something happens to your rental car, would you be responsible for the damage? The responsibility lies on you if you have no insurance.
The renal car insurance policy is not necessarily what you need. If you have an insurance policy on your own vehicle, then find out what your current car insurance company covers on rental cars. Full coverage on rental cars may be provided by your insurance company.
If you paid your rental car with your credit card, it is good to check with your credit card company for any charges on insurance. There are rental agencies that will automatically put rental car insurance on your rental car using your card.
It is still important to have insurance so you opt to buy the rental car’s insurance if you don’t have any. It is not only the damages that you have to think about but all the lost time on the car. It is only fitting that you pay for the days the car is on repair because that is lost business for the rental car owner.
It is not only in an accident that you get a rental car damaged. If the car is scratched, you could be charged. Be sure to inspect the car thoroughly before driving it off the rental car lot. You contract should reflect the damages or the scratches found on the car before your took it out of their garage.
Finally you return your rental car with a certain amount of cost in mind. Somehow when it is time to take up your final bill, you will get the surprise of your life for the additional fees and charges included in the total cost. Rental car taxes will definitely be included.
Gas will also be charged. There are some companies who will charge you with a flat rate for gas but you are required to return the car almost empty. Others will require you to return your car with full gas but will not charge you gas fees.