The Do’s and Don’ts: How to Avoid a Big Rental Car Charge

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Everyone is looking to save money nowadays. Since you’ve already found, you already have a pretty good start, because at our site you are sure to find some of the lowest rental car rates anywhere. But once you get into your rental car, there are some nasty fees that you’ll want to avoid. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

One thing you want to do before you leave the rental car lot is to check the car for damage. Make sure you walk all the way around the outside of the car and look for dings, dents and scratches. If you notice anything, return to the rental counter and have that damage noted on your contract. Otherwise, when you return the car you could get stuck with a bill for the damages.

If you or any of your passengers plan to smoke in the rental car, make sure you specifically ask about the rules. Some car rental companies have smoking cars, while others have gone completely smoke-free. If you smoke in a car that is non-smoking, you could be hit with a hefty cleaning fee when you return it.

If you are renting a car in Kansas, this probably is not an issue, but make sure you know the rules about leaving the country. Oftentimes taking a rental car into Canada is no big deal, but the same cannot be said for Mexico. Many rental car companies specifically prohibit taking their cars into Mexico, especially certain areas of the country, and in most cases neither your own insurance nor any insurance purchased through the rental car company will be valid in Mexico. So check with the rental car company first if you plan to head south of the border.

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