When planning your trip overseas, you may discover that trains, buses nor planes will not get you to all of the sites you on your itinerary. This is the time when you need to consider renting a car. While renting a car at home is something you may do often, the rules for renting a car overseas are quite different and if you are not prepared, this can cost you a great deal of money if there should be any damage to your rented vehicle. A little bit of pre-planning will save you the most money, as well as protect your travel budget.
Here are five helpful tips to protect you while renting a car overseas:
What is Included
Know what is included in your car rental fee. Many companies package up the cost of insurance with the total cost of the car rental. Before you double up on insurance, ask exactly what is included in total car rental cost in detail. If insurance is included, check on the rate minus the insurance cost and then investigate what is the best outside deal that will completely cover all of your insurance needs.
Check and Double Check
There are four possible sorts of insurance available for you when traveling overseas: personal accident, personal property, third-party liability and collision-damage. Do not assume your credit card will cover all of these possibilities. Spend some time and call each of your credit card companies to see what is covered under your card and if they possibly have a program for overseas car rental. One example, for a one-time fee of less than $30, American Express has a program that all of their cardholders can sign up. This program will cover the cost of most of these insurance options. Then, you can purchase any additional insurance from the car rental agency for what is not covered.
One Card Payment
Always make sure you pay the entire car rental-including taxes-with the same credit card. If you should pre-pay the vehicle rental and then use a different car or cash when you pay for an add-on such as an extra driver or car seat, VAT etc., the benefits from the credit card become nullified.
Many overseas countries with winter ice and snow require, by law, that all drivers have winter snow tires. Not only is it illegal to drive without these studded tires, it is for your own protection and safety. In addition, if you should get into a car accident and you did not add winter tires, your insurance may be voided. Most likely winter tires will be an additional cost. Ask the car rental company. Again, winter tires must be paid with the very same credit card.
Be aware of what countries you can and cannot visit with your car rental. If you should venture into a country that is not allowed and you get into an accident, your insurance will most likely be null and void and you will be responsible for the any cost incurred. Look at a map and determine what countries you are visiting, then consult with the car rental company to make sure you are in compliance.