Living in the real world isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. You go to a 9 to 5 job 5 days a week (sometimes even 6) and you’re only given 2 days to rest. You feel like work gets all your time and family time seems to be never enough. When these feelings appear, it may just be signs that you need a vacation, and it’s a vacation that requires hauling the entire family in a huge SUV and going for a long to get to the sandy beaches or to that theme park that’s a family favourite.
Once you’ve decided where you’re going and what you’re gonna do, of course the next most practical thing to do when it comes to planning a vacation is to rent a car from a company that has the best car rental rates. If you’re already wondering why you should opt to spend money to rent a car when you already have a perfectly working SUV right in your garage? Here are a few good reasons why renting a car is the best way to go when planning vacation with the family:
- You won’t have to worry about tune-ups and the car breaking down in the middle of the road. If your rented vehicle breaks down, you can simply call your car rental service and someone will come over with a new car for you to use.
- You can pick any car you wish you to use depending on the number of people riding with you and where you wanna go. If you’re passing roads that are quite bumpy, then you save your actual car from wear and tear and you get to use a fab 4×4 vehicle too!
- Renting a car saves your car from, as mentioned above, wear and tear. This would be incredibly helpful especially if your car is either brand-spanking new or really old.
Save yourself from the stress. It may be a vacation where you get to relax but the preparation may just be equal how much relaxation you’re about to have. Eliminate at least one factor to take care of during planning and let RentACarNow take some of the load for you!
Buying a new car, or even a late model used car, is a huge investment and one that is likely to only be second to your home in cost. That’s why it’s surprising how many people buy a car after only taking a short test drive around the block. Inevitably some people end up regretting that car purchase after a few days when they notice it has a huge blind spot, an uncomfortable seat or annoying road noise. While some dealers will let you keep a car overnight if you are serious about buying one, you are unlikely to get much more than that. So that’s why many people decide to rent a car first after they have decided on a make and model.
Of course this doesn’t work with every car depending on the model, but you’ll discover that for most common vehicles it’s pretty easy to find one for rent from any major rental car company. While it is a small expense to rent one over the weekend, it certainly can be worth the peace of mind before throwing down $20,000 or more to buy a new one. Weekend rentals are generally pretty cheap, especially at RentACarNow.com, so if you have a particular car in mind that you are looking to buy, why not rent it for a few days and make sure you are making the right decision.
Everyone has a dream car – for some it’s a lightning-fast Ford Mustang and others long for the luxury of a Mercedes sedan while still others want to have their hair blowing in the wind as they cruise down the highway in a convertible. While your dream car might not be practical, either because there’s no room for the kids or the price is simply out of your reach, that doesn’t mean you can’t have it. Most of the major rental car companies now offer rental cars that go well beyond the standard classes like mid-size and full-size. Each company has a fancy name for this class of rental cars, such as the Adrenaline Collection or Prestige Collection, but they all give you the chance to rent a car for that special occasion, weekend trip, or just because you’ve always wanted to drive a certain car.
While it’s going to cost you more to rent a car from one of these special collections, you might be surprised to find that the total cost is still pretty affordable, especially when you compare that to the cost of buying one of those cars. Many of these elite cars are available through RentACarNow.com, while others might only be available through the specific rental car company’s website. So if you have a special car in mind, why not try renting it instead of buying it.
Until fairly recently, it was almost impossible to rent a car without a major credit card. But that has slowly changed, and while it can be a bit of a hassle to rent without a credit card, it can be done. If you don’t have a credit card, the next best option is to use a debit card. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Most car rental reservations through RentACarNow.com do not require a credit card, but it’s a good idea to check with the car rental vendor ahead of time if you don’t want to pay using a credit card. Most companies will accept a debit card with a Visa or Mastercard logo, but there will often be a hold placed on your account for $200 or more, so be sure you have enough funds available. You are also likely to have more paperwork to fill out at the rental car counter because the rental car companies are usually more thorough in checking ID and insurance if you don’t have a credit card. Be sure to check ahead of time and ask what kind of documentation you will need. Some companies will also perform a credit check. Also, there might be restrictions on what kind of car you can rent with a debit card – they are unlikely to rent you a $40,000 luxury car with a $200 deposit, for obvious reasons. As with many other things, a little advance planning and asking questions ahead of time will go a long way to making renting without a credit card a much smoother process.
One of the most common rental car questions, especially from younger people, is whether you really need to be 25 years old to rent a car. It wasn’t long ago that the answer was almost always yes, but that’s not necessarily the case anymore. Many rental car companies will rent to drivers who are at least over the age of 21 and there are a small number that will even rent to anyone over age 18.
One thing to keep in mind is that rental car companies will almost always charge an extra fee for younger drivers, so it’s usually more economical to have an older driver rent (and drive) the car. It’s difficult to have a comprehensive list of companies and locations that rent to younger drivers because sometimes policies are different depending on state law and even rental locations in the same state can sometimes have different policies. However, Alamo, Thrifty and Enterprise will rent to younger drivers in some locations, as will many other smaller rental car companies. So the smart move is to call a particular location first to check their policy, and then go ahead and make you reservation at RentACarNow.com. Also remember that sometimes exceptions are made for government workers or military personnel, so be sure to ask about that if you might qualify.
Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s not a good idea to have someone over the age of 25 rent the car and then allow someone under age 25 to drive it without informing the rental car company. If you end up in an accident, then having an underage driver will only add to the problem.