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Car Rental Tips

Make Your Reservations In Advance

If you are traveling in Southeast Texas, one of the best ways to get around is with Houston auto rentals from Ability Rent a Car. To ensure that the rental process goes smoothly, you should make reservations for your Houston auto rental in advance. Reserving a Houston auto rental in advance makes it more likely that you will end up with the type of vehicle that you want, and it can also help you lock in reduced rates. Most of the time, making reservations for your Houston auto rental a week in advance is sufficient, but you may want to book even farther out if you are planning to rent a car in Houston around a major holiday.

Deciding If You Need Rental Insurance

Many people are now turning down rental car insurance on the basis that their own insurance will cover whatever might happen to the rental car, and this is true, to a point. However, if you have car insurance that has a very high deductible or low payout caps, you may discover that your own policy may not cover all of the costs associated with a collision in a rental car. Additionally, one benefit of rental car insurance from our Houston agency is that if an accident does happen, it will not reflect on your own insurance policy in most cases, which can prevent your premiums from going up if you are involved in a collision.

Know The Terms of Your Rental Agreement

Many Houston auto rentals have certain limitations, such as how many miles they can be driven in one day or who is allowed to drive them. To avoid additional or unexpected fees when returning your Houston auto rental, be sure to go over your rental agreement. In particular, it is essential that you note any individuals other than yourself who may end up driving the rental car. In some cases there may be an additional fee for adding a driver to your contract, but it is better to pay a small fee than to worry about what will happen if you are involved in an accident and you were not the one behind the wheel.

Inspect Your Vehicle Before Leaving

One very important step in the Houston auto rental process that many people miss is inspecting the vehicle they are renting before leaving. Since you will probably be held responsible for any damage that the vehicle you are renting receives, it is important to find out if there is any pre-existing damage. If you find anything, like scratches on a bumper or dings on a door, let your Houston auto rental company know, and make sure that it is documented. You may also want to take date marked pictures with a smart phone of anything you notice. This only takes a few minutes, but it could save you a lot of trouble.

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