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Car Hire Tips

If you have the whole day or more during a port stopover while on your cruise vacation, you may want to consider renting a car. Hiring a car would make it easier to move around. It can be a lot cheaper than relying on the cruise ship's land excursions too.
 
Renting a car while you are on a cruise vacation does not need to be a stressful experience. As soon as you have decided on your destination and the time you will be there, you should book your rental car - do so at least one month in advance and do so over the internet. Make use of sites that compare prices at various agencies; the price of rentals differs significantly at different times of the year and even at different branches of the same company. Using discount coupons could lower your cost significantly.
 
It makes sense to rent the smallest vehicle that can accommodate your touring party, unless you are not on a strict budget. A convertible could be just the thing if you are travelling with one passenger along a sunny coastline; a large sedan is suitable for a family with two or three children. SUVs and four-wheel drive vehicles are more expensive but more versatile and can cover rough terrain.
 
 

 

It is, however, important to make sure that your insurance covers the vehicle if it gets damaged while you are travelling in a rough area. It is not always necessary to take out extra car insurance when using a rental; your own insurance could cover any damages, even when abroad. Drivers under 25 are considered an insurance risk and will have to pay extra for insurance.

You should try not to rent a car from the port area. Like any airport car rental agency, their rates are more expensive because of airport or port surcharges. It is advisable to rent from the larger, reputable agencies in the town area, as their cars are always recent models and kept in excellent condition. Make sure you really need any extras that are included in the deal, as they cost you more. You could, for instance, take your own child car seat and satellite navigation system to save money.

When you collect your rental car, inspect it closely for any existing damage and make sure this has been recorded by the company, otherwise you will be responsible for the cost of the repair when you return the vehicle. Make sure the car is running well and that the headlights, indicator lights and hooter are functioning. Take note of exactly when you pick up the car, as you need to return it at the same time of the day. If you rent a car for five days or longer, the daily rate is cheaper. If you booked a compact car, you could, by clever negotiation, upgrade to a larger car at a small extra fee if the company is stuck with large models.

Upon returning the vehicle, you will be charged for an extra day if you are late - which could be by as little as a few minutes. Ensure the petrol tank is full, as the top-up cost charged by the rental companies is exorbitant. Inspect the car together with the rental agent and make sure any pre-existing damages are not deducted from your deposit. Make sure you collect the deposit in full and check that you have not left any personal belongings behind. Making use of these tips and you`ll find find car hire is effortlessly easy, even while you are on the tight schedule of a cruise vacation.