Are you ready to rent a car to go on holiday? You already imagine yourself on the road, counting the kilometers that separate you from your destination … But before booking your vehicle, take note of these few tips, synonymous with economy and peace of mind!
Tip 1: Collect the required documents before going to the agency
First of all, to be able to rent a car for the holidays, you will need to provide some documents such as:
- your ID
- driving licenses (yours and the driver’s license if you take this option)
- a recent proof of address
- the credit card used to pay online (if you booked through the internet)
- Your passport if you are a non-citizen
Good To know: you must be at least 21 years old and holding a driving license for 12 months (often even for more than 24 months) to be able to rent a vehicle.
Please note: Your credit card must have a balance of at least the amount of the deposit. If necessary, do not hesitate to ask your bank to adapt the ceiling on the use of your credit card so as not to be blocked for your subsequent holiday expenses.
Tip 2: Choose your credit card carefully
Most rental companies will charge you with your credit card. Take the opportunity to check that you do not already have some insurance included in your credit card contract to avoid having to pay twice for the same service!
if you have a Gold, Premium or Platinum credit card: use it to pay for the rental, declaring the owner of the card as the main driver. This type of card offers a really interesting insurance cover that limits the financial risks for you in case of accident or scratches and saves you from having to purchase additional insurance options!
Tip 3: Find the proper insurances for your holiday car rental
The basic lease agreements allow you, of course, to be covered for the main risks such as:
- Theft insurance
- Insurance against damage
- Insurance for persons transported
- But beyond these insurances included, the renters will offer several extensions of guarantees … and it is not always easy to distinguish the usefulness of the superfluous.
Tip 4: Take the time to take stock of the vehicle at departure
The rental company is obliged to mention the condition of the vehicle in the rental contract, take the time to read it in detail!
check the mileage: does it correspond to what is mentioned in the inventory?
is the fuel full? If not, check that the level of the gauge is well specified.
go around the vehicle and check that all visible damage, scratches, bumps etc are well mentioned in the inventory. Do not forget to check the condition of the rims
try the wipers, turn signals, before leaving, to check that they work properly.
NB: if these elements are not specified in the inventory, the rental company can hold you responsible for this damage and charge you.
Good idea: Feel free to take pictures or short videos of the vehicle.
Tip 5: Take into account the entire rental budget of a holiday car
The prices posted for car rental are basic rates. If you wish to add certain services, you may incur additional costs, for example:
- complementary equipment: child seat, snow tires, roof bar, GPS …
- Warranty extensions: As we have seen above, you can subscribe to certain warranty extensions, but beware of the extra cost!
- additional driver option: some renters will charge you an extra fee if you decide to add an extra driver to rent your vehicle.
Our advice: By renting on the internet, you will benefit from cheaper rates than in the agency, however please consult the cancellation conditions and associated fees. An experienced vacationer is worth two!
To rent with confidence the car you need to take the road of your holidays, contact Mauritius Car Hire and benefit from the experience and know-how of a renowned dealer!