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When Should I Get Rental Insurance?

When Should I Get Rental Insurance?

Before you read further, do you know the different types of insurances and what they cover? No? Learn more here.

While we love to save you money, there are times when car rental insurance really IS in your best interest and it doesn’t always have to cost you an arm and a leg. While it would be nonsensical to get insurance when you’re already covered, there are some instances when you need to protect yourself (and that rental!).

When you don’t have insurance OR the insurance you have is minimal: If you don’t have car insurance,  you only have liability insurance, or you have a very high deductible, you will need to opt for the rental company’s loss damage waiver. With No insurance, you will also need to get supplemental liability.

When traveling abroad: More often than not, your car insurance company will not cover you outside of the United States—call to verify. Your credit card company might cover international travel but it’s a slight chance. Don’t take your chances here though, 9 times out of 10 you will need rental car insurance.

Business Travel: Did you know that if you are traveling for business, your personal car insurance may not cover you at all? If your company won’t cover your rental car, check in to see if your car insurance company will protect you. If not, you will need to get the car rental company’s insurance.

Better safe than sorry: If you’re the type of person who will spend the entire trip worrying because your rental isn’t coveredget the rental insurance. The last thing you want to do is have your trip ruined by worrying about a rental car. If you are traveling somewhere that is highly populated (NYC, Los Angeles, etc.) or has a difficult terrain (off-road campsite, the mountains, etc.) and you’re worried that something happening that can affect personal car insurance rates—get the rental insurance.

Your personal car insurance policy applies to your rental in the same way it does to your regular car. You run the risk of your rates going up if you file a claim; if you buy the rental insurance, there is no need for concern.

Should I Prepay for My Car Rental?

Should I Prepay for My Car Rental?

All rental vendors want your guaranteed business, therefore most of them like to offer their customers a “pay now” or prepay option. This allows you to pay for either the entire sum, or a large percentage, of your reservation in advance. For the most part, prepaying will charge the funds in one major payment so, be mindful of how much money you have available on your credit card. BUT, there are some perks to this strategy.  Prepaying typically comes with a 10-15% discount as a little “thank you” from your vendor.

There’s a lot to consider with prepaying, so let’s discuss if your trip is a good candidate for it.

 

Budget-friendly

A major perk for prepaying is saving money and stress. Like mentioned earlier, prepaying can save you 10-15% on total costs. Also, knowing in advance how much your rental costs is helpful when planning and budgeting for your trip.  As it was mentioned earlier, prepaying means one big, immediate transaction so make sure you can afford it at the time of booking.

 

Changing Trip Details

Depending on the vendor, prepaid reservations are set in stone which does not allow much room for any changes or adjustments. Other companies, may allow you to adjust your reservation but it might be more difficult or time-consuming than a non-prepaid scenario.

 

Cancelling Your Reservation

Depending on the vendor, you may either get a partial refund or, more likely, no refund at all. Regardless, most companies charge a cancellation fee for prepaid bookings. If you need to cancel your trip for any reason try to do so as soon as possible. Cancelling a prepaid trip more than 24 hours ahead of your pickup time, you get charged a $25* cancellation fee. If you cancel within the 24 hours before your pickup time, the fee increases to $50*.

*Fee prices are an industry average.

 

The Bottom Line

Rates fluctuate daily therefore today’s seemingly great deal may seem overpriced tomorrow. The best way to save money is to check rates everyday. Reliable third party sites, like AutoRentals.com, assure the lowest possible rates. If you are looking to prepay then check a third party travel site to make sure you are saving money.

If you are considering prepaying, inquire with a few rental suppliers about their policy on adjusting/cancelling prepaid reservations. This can be looked up online or by phone. If you are using a third party site then there are available links to find out vendor-specific contact information.

Booking with a Third Party Site—How to Save the Most

Booking with a Third Party Site—How to Save the Most

We know that booking a trip can be very stressful and confusing. Picking a location can be hard enough but then you have to make the plans. These days, everything is expensive which is why you have third party sites like AutoRentals.com to help you compare and find the best rates for your car rental. Third party booking is ideal for bargain hunters who want to maximize their travel savings and don’t mind using different car rental vendors each time they travel. Below you will find some tips to help you stretch your vacation budget by saving on your car rental using our third party site.

 

How Do They Work?

Well, unfortunately, we can’t speak for ALL third party sites but we can speak for ours—AutoRentals.com. Our goal is to provide the car rental rates from as many car rental vendors as possible to show you all possible options and assist you in making the best, cost-effective choice. We want it to be quick, simple, and effective.

We are NOT a car rental vendor, we don’t have a fleet of cars to rent you. We simply gather all the information from the car rental vendors (big and small), other third party discount vendors (Orbitz, Priceline, Hotwire, etc.) and present it so you can have all the necessary information.

The idea behind AutoRentals.com is to make renting an easy experience while also giving the best rates to our customers so they can rent the type of vehicle they’re looking for. Other companies partner with us because they want to be competitive! Not a bad deal for you, right?

 

Benefits

Third party sites, like AutoRentals.com, allow complete transparency for comparing prices and rental packages. Third party sites want to be honest and show the lowest price because we serve you—the customer.

TIP: Always look at the total price not just the price per day. Different vendors structure their pricing differently and third party sites can’t change their pricing. Some vendors make their daily rate very low but will add high taxes and fees causing the total rate to skyrocket.

Shopping on a direct site only allows drivers to see one vendor’s pricing and packages. By providing side-by-side pricing, third party sites save time in the trip planning process. No need to jump back and forth between car rental sites when all the necessary information is in one place. Price comparisons can be adjusted for all travel durations, days of the year, and locations. We also provide filters so you can see exactly what you’re looking for.
Another perk of third party shopping is getting special deals. Rental suppliers and third party sites can work together and give budgeting customers a lower price than the direct sites. This benefits the supplier by building a potential loyal customer and also helps the site give their consumers rock-bottom prices.

TIP: Join free member programs such as Hertz Gold, Dollar Express, Thrifty Blue Chip, Avis Preferred, Budget Fastbreak, etc. When you’re a member of these programs, if they have the cheapest rate and you decide to book with them (even though our site), you will be entitled to the best service.  After booking or at the counter, you can call the company and see if your points can be applied to your account.

 

What our Critics Say

Third party sites have very low rates so, sometimes rewards programs are unable to be utilized if the rate is already discounted. You can always ask the vendor over the phone or at the counter if your points can be applied to your account.
You can also occasionally get “manager rates” by booking directly through the company. However, this is very unlikely. You would get these by checking on the company’s website.

 

Keep This in Mind

When you book through AutoRentals.com, very often you’ll be booking through the actual vendor, just at the cheapest rate. We provide the service of showing you everyone’s rates, comparing them for you, and connecting you to whatever vendor you choose in most cases. With that being said, there really is no difference, no cost, and you are simply saving time.

We look forward to serving you and making your trip planning just a little bit easier!