How old do I have to be to rent a car from rentals?
The renter must be at least 21 years of age, though there are a few areas in which those under 21 have the opportunity to rent. Renters under the age of 25 will be subject to a daily surcharge. Car rental will rent to government renters under the age of 21 who are on official business. Outside the UK standard car rental operators impose a maximum rental age that varies by country. Car rental recommends that renters check with their travel agent or car rental company prior to traveling.
How can I ensure I receive the best rate available?
Just like when buying anything else, you should shop around for the best bargains in car rental. Your travel agent can shop for the best rate available for your date of pickup using a computer, thus eliminating the need for you to call number after number. After you’ve shopped, rentals are confident you will find that they offers some of the most competitive rates offered by any of the major car rental companies.
While it may cost less to rent a smaller car, be sure to rent a car adequate for your space and luggage requirements – Elite Auto Rent from Wroclaw in Poland adds.
It’s no fun to be squished into a car that’s too small, especially if you’ll be doing any driving beyond going to a restaurant or meeting and back.
Keep in mind, just like airlines, availability at promotional rates may be limited, so the sooner you call, the better your chances of receiving one of these rates.
How do I determine whether or not to accept the various options available at the time of rental?
The best policy is to know the answer before you leave home. Check with your insurance representatives or credit card company to see if your auto policy or credit card agreement covers any damage done to the rental vehicle, damage or injury to other people caused by you, injuries to passengers in your rental vehicle, and theft of personal belongings left in your rental car. Once you know these answers, you can make an informed decision about the options at the time of rental. The options you may choose from are:
Physical Damage Waiver (PDW) – If accepted for a daily fee, your responsibility for any damage to the vehicle is waived, provided the rental agreement is not violated. If declined, you will be fully responsible for all damage to the vehicle, regardless of fault. Some credit card companies provide a waiver product but conditions vary widely.
Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI) – This optional coverage is available at many car rentals. If available and accepted at the beginning of the rental, for an additional daily charge, the renter and any additional renter will be protected against third party auto liability at-fault claims for up to £1,000,000 if you are involved in an accident with other people. Unlike PDW, there are no credit card waivers for liability for a third party’s injury or property damage. You should be sure you are adequately covered for third party liability whether by your insurance agent or by the car rental company.
Personal Passenger Protection (PPP) and Personal Effects Coverage (PEC) – PPP is optional coverage available at most rentals and covers accidental death and accidental medical expenses for the renter who signs electing to be covered under the policy. PEC is an optional coverage that will protect the personal effects of the renter while in the rental car. Both coverages have specific limits. Full details can be found at the rental counter. Check with your insurance agent regarding your policies on accidental death or medical expenses, or refer to your homeowner’s policy regarding theft of your property.