For those who do not have their own vehicle or have one and simply do not wish to move it during a holiday period, there is a solution.
This summer is approaching and holiday plans are gradually coming back into their own.
But what happens when you don’t have your own vehicle or when you do and don’t want to hassle with it on islands and other rough roads?
The answer goes by the name of “car rental” and with 5+1 basic steps you’ll have peace of mind:
1) The mermaid and grace has
In order not to pay for the rental of a vehicle, what you would give for its purchase, it is advisable to reserve it early, as the prices for last minute bookings, follow the upward trend, as similarly happens with those of hotels or airline tickets.
💡At the same time, if you move early, in addition to the affordable price, you will have the opportunity to choose from a wider range of models.
2) Don’t expect everything on a plate
“Plus Athina and Chinira kini”, the Ancient Greeks used to say, and that’s what you should do too. Do your research, look for deals, don’t expect to discover them sky-high and you will definitely appreciate the fact that several car rental companies have special offers even for multi-day bookings.
3) You decide (for the location)
The majority of rental agencies have several branches, both in the place you plan to travel to and in the one you are already in, so you have the choice of picking up the car of your choice, depending on where it suits you best .
4) Don’t forget the obvious!
The basic requirement for renting a car is to have an active driver’s license, ID card or passport (for non-EU countries) and most importantly to have all of these with you!
💡 Young drivers (up to 2 years) are most likely to not complete the process and seek alternative forms of transport.
5) Be careful where you put your signature
Completing the car rental process includes signing the appropriate contract with your chosen agency. However, keep an eye on the so-called “fine print” of the contract and any “strange” terms.
💡 They should definitely give you a copy of what you finally signed.
Check the car they give you!
Before you pick up the vehicle you’ve chosen to rent, make sure to check it for any damage (so they don’t charge it to you later), the oil level and especially the tire pressure. As for the fuel, you have to return it with as much petrol (or diesel) as you received.
💡 During the rental days always have with you, the copy of the contract you received, the insurance policy of the car and of course the contact number of the rental agency.
Renting a car during summer holidays is one of the solutions that many people choose in order to move around the island or any other destination they choose. In particular, according to estimates by car rental companies, around 2,000,000 tourists will rent a car on their holidays until September. So let’s see what to look out for before renting a car.
Choose reliable companies and companies with high user ratings on the internet. Take some extra time to read customer comments and reviews.
Before booking the car, check the services provided and their extra costs (e.g. navigation system, child seat, gas station, etc.).
Carefully read the terms of the insurance policy, what coverages it has and how much the accident waiver costs and for what amount of damage.
Ask how you can pay but also exactly when the money will be deducted from your account and which car you will rent as an alternative if the one you booked is not available.
It is advisable to have all the information available in writing, for example in an e-mail for example.
When you collect the car, check the bodywork carefully and take photos of any damage and see if it is noted on the relevant document.
Remember to always have your driving licence with you as well as your credit card (check the expiry date. Without a credit card the rental agency may not give you the car).
Ask what exactly you should do in case the car is immobilized by damage or an accident and what exactly you should do in case of an accident.
Return the car during operating hours and to the place you picked it up from if you want to avoid extra charges. In any case, if it is not possible and you just leave the car at a predetermined spot take a short video and some pictures of it. This will prove that you delivered it in the condition you picked it up.
Don’t return the car with less fuel than it had when you picked it up. This will result in charges much higher than if you had topped up the fuel to the desired level.
source: lisbon airport car rental