5 Tips for Choosing a Rental Car


Be Flexible

Staying flexible will help you avoid stress when you rent a car.
Staying flexible will help you avoid stress when you rent a car.

At the end of the day, you may not have much choice in your rental car. Ultimately, your choices depend upon what's in the rental car company's lot at the time. Most of the time, you should be able to get a vehicle in the size category you desire. But you might not be able to choose between two different car models.

Call ahead to various car rental agencies to find out what kind of cars they have in their respective fleets. If you have a preference for a particular kind of vehicle, choose an agency that has lots of those cars available. It still won't be a 100-percent guarantee that you'll get the car you're looking for, but it'll improve your chances.

Choosing your rental car requires a combination of planning and remaining flexible when it's time to pick up your car. If you keep that in mind, you should have a smooth experience before hitting the road.

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  • Avis. (May 26, 2010) http://www.avis.com/car-rental/avisHome/home.ac
  • Car Rental Express. "Car Rental Tips." (May 24, 2010) http://www.carrentalexpress.com/tips/
  • Edmunds. "Top 10 Car Rental Tips." (May 25, 2010) http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/list/top10/116640/article.html
  • Hertz. (May 26, 2010) https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/reservation/gaq/index.jsp?targetPage=reservationOnHomepage.jsp
  • Independent Traveler. "Car Rental Tips." (May 25, 2010) http://www.independenttraveler.com/resources/article.cfm?AID=25&category=2
  • Schlichter, Sarah. "International Car Rental Tips." Independent Traveler. (May 24, 2010) http://www.independenttraveler.com/resources/article.cfm?AID=665&category=2


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