First Car Rental's Tips for Finding Cheap Car Rental in South Africa

By: First Car Rental  06-24-2013
Keywords: Car Hire, Car Rental, First Car Rental

When going on holiday, the last thing one wants to spend time worrying about is car rental, especially when that time could be spent discovering new and exciting places. Cheap cars are easy to find if you know where to look. 1. Plan your holiday well in advance If you want to find cheap car hire, it’s important to know exactly what your rental vehicle requirements are before approaching car rental providers. There are several questions that should be asked: For what period of time is the rental car required? What is the most convenient collection point? What type of terrain will the vehicle be used for? Will there be more than one driver? Once these questions have been answered, you will have a better idea of what type of vehicle best suits your holiday requirements. 2. Choose your vehicle wisely When booking a rental vehicle, be sure to choose a vehicle that will match your holiday needs. If you will predominantly be travelling short distances in a city centre, choose a smaller vehicle that is light on fuel – this can save a lot of money over the duration of your holiday. South Africa has many open areas, including game reserves and national parks, where a heavy-duty 4X4 is required to navigate the terrain. It is recommended that you choose a discount car that will suit your travel requirements in order to get the most out of your holiday. 3. Take advantage of special deals Ask rental companies whether any special deals are on offer. One can often reduce the price of cheap car rentals even further by simply checking if there are any current special offers. If your vehicle requirements are not too specific, you could switch to a car with an applicable discount. 4. Understand the terms and conditions of your rental agreement Read the fine print on any car rental agreement before confirming, and make sure that you understand its terms and conditions. Check what time of day is best to return the car. Some charge a full extra day’s rental fee if a vehicle is returned after its allocated time. Check how long your vehicle will be held if your flight is delayed or you get stuck in traffic, and whether there is a late collection fee. 5. Watch out for unexpected costs Before signing an agreement, ask the rental agency what additional charges may apply. Is there a drop-off charge? How much does it cost to add an additional driver to the agreement? Is there an additional charge for ? With these simple tips you can find the right service and enjoy the benefits they have to offer.

Keywords: Car Hire, Car Rental, First Car Rental

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