There are many times when you may want to rent a car such as when you are on vacation or when your vehicle is being repaired. Most people perform a quick internet search for rental car agencies to find the lowest price for a rental car in Northwestern Pennsylvania. However, the lowest price may not be what it seems. Furthermore, the items hidden in the fine print of your rental agreement could come back to haunt you. Before you rent a car, make sure you ask these five questions to avoid problems and additional costs.
- What does the daily rate include?
That on-line quote may look fantastic; however, you need to question what is included in that rate. Many car rental agencies quote low prices to get people to reserve a rental vehicle, but when you arrive to pick up the vehicle, you realize the quoted rate did not include items such as airport surcharges, taxes, drop-off charges, early return fees, mileage, and fees for additional drivers. Once you arrive at the rental agency, the company is counting on the fact that it is too much of a hassle to cancel the reservation; therefore, you will simply pay the additional fees, even if you do complain about them.
- What is the rate for a late return?
Things happen that are out of your control. You may need to return the rental car later than you originally thought; therefore, you should know the late return policy before you leave the parking lot. If you believe you are going to be late returning the vehicle, call to inquire about a rental extension. The charge for an extension may be less than the late fee.
- Are there any mileage limitations?
Most rental car agencies offer rentals with unlimited miles, but this is not always the case. In many cases, the over-mileage fees can be quite substantial. Before you reserve a rental car, make sure that you have unlimited miles or you have sufficient miles to cover the distance you intend to travel.
- What documents do I need when I pick up the vehicle?
Most rental car agencies only require you to provide your driver’s license when you pick up the rental car. However, some rental car agencies may require proof of insurance (unless you are purchasing insurance from the rental car agency), proof of address, or other documentation. You will save yourself time and frustration if you know ahead of time what to bring with you when you pick up the rental car.
- Can I rent a car without a credit card?
This is extremely frustrating for many people who rent vehicles online. The rental car agency may allow you to secure your reservation with a debit card; however, when you arrive to pick up the vehicle, you are required to present a valid credit card. In most cases, the credit card must be in the name of the person who is renting the vehicle. The rental companies that do accept debit cards typically require a substantial deposit (they place a hold on your debit card) that they do not return until they inspect the vehicle upon its return. A large hold on your debit card could hamper your ability to pay other expenses.
Do You Need An Erie Car Accident Attorney For A Rental Car Accident?
Yes, you should consult with an Erie car accident attorney if you are involved in a car accident in a rental car. Traffic accidents involving rental cars can be complex. You may be dealing with more than one insurance company, in addition to dealing with the rental car agency. You may be required to pay to repair the rental car regardless of whether you were at fault for the traffic accident. If you were not at fault, then you can file a claim against the other driver. Having an experienced Erie car accident attorney on your side ensures your rights are protected.
Contact The Travis Law Firm toll free at (800) 401-2066 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Erie car accident attorneys. We represent clients throughout Northwestern Pennsylvania with offices located in Erie, Edinboro, and Warren.