Important Things To Know Before Signing Your Rental Car Contract
You need to make sure that you really know what you have agreed to before signing your rental car contract and driving away. 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? So don’t sign the contract before you have answers to these issues which are really important ones.
One of the things that rental car owners would make you decide before getting your rental car is whether you want to buy the rental agency’s car insurance policy. Many people simply say no without thinking first. You better be sure who would be responsible if you rental car gets damaged while it is in your possession. And, if you have no insurance, then you would be responsible.
However, it does not mean that you need the rental car company’s insurance policy. Having your own insurance policy can spare you if they have coverage on rental cars. If your insurance company offers full coverage on rental cars, then everything is taken care of.
You need to check on your insurance company if there are insurance charges if you paid your rental car with your credit card information. Most of them will automatically put rental car insurance on the cars that are rented using their cards.
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.
You can get a rental car damaged even without getting involved in an accident. There are also charges if you get the car scratched. Before taking the rental car make sure that you have inspected it thoroughly. If you find some damages or scratches, make sure that you have it noted on your contract.
When all is said and done, you might think that you know how much the rental car will cost. But you will certainly be surprise if you find additional charges in your final bill. Rental car taxes will definitely be included.
You also need to pay for gas usage. Some rental car companies charge a flat fee for gas and instruct their renter to return the car close to empty. Others will require you to return your car with full gas but will not charge you gas fees.