You have decided to rent a car for your next vacation? It’s a great solution! You will be able to choose a vehicle that you like and that meets very precisely your criteria. And you can travel safely: the rental cars are new and offer the latest equipment in terms of comfort and handling. But it is not always easy to see clearly all the offers that are found and your budget is not unlimited! Here are some tips to follow to make the right choice.
How to choose your rental car for the holidays?
Take the time to properly assess your needs:
How many will you be ? Number of passengers during the trip but also during the holidays
How many suitcases will you take away? Will you have material to transport?
How many kilometers will you make? (Go to Google map or Mappy to evaluate these km)
On site, will you have a parking? How big will it be?
Remember: it is by asking the right questions that you will better define the type of vehicle you need.
Choose your car category according to your needs:
You will not have the same needs if you go to 2 or with children, even if you are only 2 hours away from your vacation spot or if you have to cross France! Between a city car, a sedan or a minivan, you need to choose the car best suited to your project!
Then compare the prices by following these 3 rules:
Base on equivalent vehicles
Select the same equipment (GPS, air conditioning, child seat etc),
the same contract options (limited or unlimited mileage, insurance extensions etc.)
the same rental dates
Warning: Do not rely on the rate per day, it is a call price that can easily double once you have added all the options you want! Also note that during holidays, prices are generally higher.
Where to rent a car for holidays?
You have the choice between major international networks, local rental agencies and car manufacturers, advantages and disadvantages:
Major retailers (Hertz, Sixt, Avis)
Present in airports all over the world.
To favor for a trip abroad.
Warning: Rates can go up during holidays.
Local agencies (Mauritius Car Hire):
Attractive rates and a close customer relationship.
Obligation to withdraw and return the vehicle in the same agency.
Attention: these agencies have more traditional opening hours, make arrangements to return the vehicle on time!
An offer well suited to vacation rentals or weekends
Stable rates regardless of the time of year.
The guarantee of having the exact vehicle you have booked.
Attention: car manufacturers also have shorter opening hours.
Our advice: Book directly on the websites of the renters! You can compare prices more easily, check the availability of cars and benefit from a discount of at least 5% on the overall price of your rental! Do not forget to check the cancellation conditions which are often paid on the internet.