Booking a car hire tends to make your life easier when you travel. There’s something incredibly convenient about being able to go anywhere you want, at any time, and at your own pace. You can avoid the hassle of late public transportation systems and the stress of losing children on crowded waiting areas. It also doesn’t hurt that guarantees like Alpha’s ‘Price Beat’ can help you save few dollars.

As with anything else, you can’t just go head first into car hire without knowing your basics. With a little know-how, you’ll be traveling in style and comfort on-the-cheap.

Find Out What’s Included In Your All Inclusive Price

What exactly does “all inclusive price” mean? Of course, it should automatically include your daily rental, but sometimes “all inclusive” doesn’t always include everything. Does it cover gas kilometers per day or your standard comprehensive insurance? What about fees and GST? More importantly, what is not included in your total price? You don’t want to find any nasty hidden charges when you get your bill so don’t ever hesitate to ask the booking agent about the specifics of the charges.

 How to Save Yourself From Headaches And Unnecessary Expense

You get to save money and save yourself from frustration when you prepay everything that need be. Check out our locations pages to find out more about tolls in specific areas like Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and Melbourne to avoid any mishaps and incurring late fees. You should also return the car filled with fuel so your hire company doesn’t charge your for fuel at a higher rate. Also, remember that your car may be a couple of years old and little marks may sometimes be there. So be sure to take note of each one and write it down on the report before leaving the depot.

Get Excess Reduction

This might be a topic of controversy for some but if you’re taking the car to off-road places, or if you’re not used to driving unfamiliar cars or long distances; get that extra insurance. You’re better off paying several hundred dollars rather than paying several thousand dollars. You may be the safest driver in the world, but there are a lot of people out there who are not. Remember, if someone hit your car your standard insurance may not cover the damages even if the accident wasn’t your fault. Also, you should check what is included in the different packages, and pick out which one is best for your trip. If you’re not sure about what you find online, you can always talk to your booking agents about them.

These may seem incredibly obvious and simple but, believe me, not a lot of people actually ask the important questions. So the next time you book a car hire service, be smart and talk to your booking agent about the things that matter. If you’re with the right car rental company, the booking agents and depot staff will be more than happy to help you save yourself from headaches on your holiday. Happy Travels!