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Car Rental Information for Travellers

If you’re considering renting a car, there are a number of things to bear in mind.

Firstly, car rental rates depend on the availability of vehicles in the area you are visiting. So, while you always have the option of renting a car on arrival at your destination, it’s worth remembering that the cost is often greater when there is a limited selection of vehicles.

Booking your car rental in advance means that you are able to benefit from online discounts, frequent flyer miles from airline affiliation programmes, and special promotions. It also means that you have the luxury of selecting the vehicle you want and knowing that it will be waiting for you when you arrive.

Remember that there are certain requirements for renting a vehicle: minimum age, a valid driver’s licence, a security deposit placed on a credit or debit card, and payment for the rental. While some companies will accept the rental payment in cash, they may require that the payment be held on a credit card or debit card until the car is returned.

Car rental companies offer insurance protection for the vehicle with different plans to cover the cost of repairs in the event of an accident. Even if you have your own personal insurance policy, it is wise to check that your coverage includes car rentals and determine what deductibles you would be liable for in the event of an accident.

There are several options available to you when renting a car. These include pre-paying fuel costs, GPS rentals, and unlimited mileage options, as well as daily, weekly and even monthly rates. Some car rental companies offer these options at no additional charge, while others charge a nominal fee.

Pre-paying for fuel allows you to return the car without having to fill it up before you drop it off. This is an excellent option if fuel rates have been on the rise as if fuel costs increase over the course of your rental period, you still pay the pre-paid rate.

Europcar offers rental periods from one day up to five months and more than 5,300 car rental outlets in over 160 countries. We provide 24/7 phone support for bookings and directions. We are also available to advise you what to do in the event of an accident, how to obtain a replacement car if your rental breaks down, and answer any other questions you may have with regard to your car rental. Europcar offers online promotions such as two free rental days with a weekly car rental, low monthly rates, low mileage discount rates, and specials on GPS rentals. Visit www.europcar.co.za for more.