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5 Ways to Save Money on Car Rentals This Fall

Sam Bradley 2016-09-09 10:00:00

With the autumn season approaching, the province of Ontario offers us plenty of beautiful scenery, lavish sights and wonderful memories. Ontario is a massive province and there is a lot to see in all directions of the province, but it can be difficult to see. This is especially true if you don't have a car readily available, which is true for many big city dwellers.

Perhaps it is time to rent a vehicle to help you travel to Scarborough, North Bay and Muskoka.

There are numerous car rental businesses scattered across the province. With that being said, you don't want to be taken for a ride. In other words, you want to save as much money as possible.

It is very much within the realm of possibility of saving money on car rentals. A little bit of research, some due diligence and a lot of compromise can save you big money in the end.

Here are five ways to save money on car rentals this fall:

Forget the Big Brands, Embrace the Smaller Guys

Renting a vehicle allows us to try out some of the bigger brands available in the open market – BMW, Audi, Hummer, Mercedes and Lexus - but this adds a lot of money to your grand total.

If you wish to save money on your car rental then opt for the smaller brands, like Toyota, Honda or Ford. These are basic compact cars that are a lot more affordable than the aforementioned brands. Remember, you're just going for a weekend sightseeing trip so it isn't really necessary to being driving in style.

Reserve the Car for Longer Than You Need

It may sound like a foolish tip, but adding a few extra hours or even an additional day to your weekly rental can lower your rate. The reason why this strategy helps you reduce your overall costs is because it allows you to take advantage of lower prices, which are targeted at leisure travelers. Ultimately, you just need to add another day and return the car on time to save a few bucks. To find out how long your car rental can last, call your local car rental company such as Discount Car & Truck Rentals for more information.

Don't Buy Insurance You Don't Need

For the most part, you don't need to buy additional insurance for your vehicle. Why? Well, if you already have your own automobile insurance policy or a credit card with insurance then it will cover collision damage and personal liability for use of a rental car.

However, if you are concerned about additional premium increases should an accident take place then definitely take out the insurance.

In addition, if you do not have an auto insurance policy at all then it would be wise to take it.

Never Prepay for Gas

Let's face it: it is rather convenient to drive away from the car rental parking lot with a full tank of gas. By prepaying for gas, you won't have to wait in a long line to add gas to your rental.

Don't do it. If you have the time then simply fill up the car rental yourself. Since you will likely find cheaper gas prices during your route, you can save money on gas.

Moreover, be sure to fill it up when you return the vehicle because some firms will charge you extra if it isn't where it should be.

Always Take Your Time in an Inspection

Yes, we understand that you're eager to initiate your trip around Ontario. But that shouldn't mean that you should speed up the inspection. It's imperative to take your time during an inspection because if something is there and the clerk doesn't notice it at first then you could be held responsible. All you have to do is allow the employee to take their time to examine every nook and cranny of the vehicle so you are not charged extra for the potential damage, no matter how small. For additional information, emphasizes the importance on getting a routine car inspection.

When you don't own a vehicle, you know how much freedom you feel when you drive away from the parking lot in your car rental. You can see parts of Ontario that you haven't seen before. You don't have to be stuck on a packed bus. You can get from point A to point B in a matter of moments instead of hours.

A car rental is your escape to freedom. Just don't let that ticket to freedom cost you a pretty penny (or nickel nowadays). Drive a Toyota, inspect the vehicle and don't buy what you don't need and you'll see that your bill is a lot lower than you expected.

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