If you’re planning to visit Miami, it’s definitely a good idea to rent a car, particularly if you plan to do more than just lie on the beach, and actually want to see the city and maybe even get a little bit further out.
Many people seem to think that renting a car is a stressful and expensive experience, and while there are a few things you may want to consider, using a company such as is an excellent option for anyone thinking about spending some time in South Florida.
Here are some tips to ensure that your car rental goes smoothly:
If this is your first time renting a car in your name, or you simply haven’t rented one in a while, it’s important that you understand all of the terms and conditions, and know what you’re covered for, any potential extra costs, and if you’re the only person who can drive or if your friends or significant other are covered under the insurance as well.
Often, you’ll be able to find the small print online before you arrive so you can take the time to read and understand your rights and obligations, and make a note of any questions you may have so you can ask at the depot.
Pick the Best Car
Obviously the best car for you will depend entirely on your circumstances. If you’re going to be taking the family, it’ll probably need to be fairly big, with enough room for car seats, baggage, and of course, the kids. In this case, a minivan or SUV can be a good idea, while trips that will only include yourself and/or one other person will be ideal for a smaller car- meaning cheaper gas and rental rates.
The right car for you may also depend on more than just how many people you’ll be fitting in. If you’re passionate about the environment (but still need the convenience of wheels available for your trip), browse for a car that’s as environmentally friendly as possible. And if you prefer to drive a stick (or this sounds like your worst nightmare), be sure to specify this as well.
Now that you’ve read your contract, you should have a fairly good idea of what you would be liable in the event that you have an accident, the car is stolen, or even damaged. Without insurance, you will often be liable for the entire cost of repairs or replacement to a car that has been in an accident, and you may even need to pay for the other party’s car as well if you’re found to be at fault (not to mention their medical costs). While this may seem scary, there are ways to get around this, and they include checking what your credit card insurance will cover you for, and potentially buying a separate policy to cover you on your trip.
Often the car rental company will also have insurance options available, so you’ll be able to with complete peace of mind.