Selecting a rental car company can be a challenging task. Picking the “best” car rental company depends on what you are looking for. Are you looking for the cheapest price? Best service? Or maybe you are looking for the largest vehicle? With some planning and research, you should be able to confidently determine which rental agency is right for you.
Are you looking for a vehicle to pick up and drop off at the airport? If so, you should stick with the bigger agencies such as Hertz, National or Avis. Most have service locations at all major airports and offer the most convenient pick up and drop off experience. They will come and pick you up at the airport via shuttle bus and bring you directly to the nearby office to complete your car pick up transaction. Most business travelers will stick with the big companies. Do you need a car for a road trip that doesn’t involve an airport? Many local car agencies have smaller affiliates in your local city. If you are looking for a one way rental, make sure to tell the agency that you will not be returning the car to the same location. There is typically a fee unless the location your trip ends in also has a rental agency affiliate. In both cases, there is usually an extra fee associated with taking a car off the lot that won’t be returned for a while.
Types of A Car
Are you looking for a larger SUV or van to drive around? Maybe you are looking for an off road vehicle or sports car to make a nice first impression. Chances are you won’t be able to find these types of vehicles at the airport. For these types of rentals, you will need to do a bit more research and probably will have to make some phone calls. Agencies may be able to arrange to have your vehicle at a lot that is convenient for you, but be prepared to pay up front or a delivery fee for such a service.
Age of Fleet
Car rental agencies are keeping their cars longer as a way to cut costs. The result is renters are driving around older cars with higher mileage that may not have been well maintained. These older cars will have more wear and tear on the engine and will have more visible damage to the interior as well. Lower cost agencies that rent a lot of cars may not take the time to properly and thoroughly clean the vehicle’s interior after each rental. If going with one of the cheaper car rental agencies, be prepared to not have the cleanest car. There may not be any trash inside the car, but the car’s upholstery probably hasn’t been cleaned in a while either.
Choosing the best car rental company doesn’t mean always picking the same agency. Some agencies are known for their excellent service while others may be experts at providing a hassle free rental experience Depending on what you need, where you are and how much you want to pay, the best car rental company may be different every time you rent a car.