3 Things to Check Before Renting a Car


Thinking about renting a car for your next trip? That’s awesome! Having your own set of wheels can really kick the adventure up a notch, giving you the freedom to explore at your own rhythm. But before you start dreaming of open roads and epic playlists, here are a few tips for a smooth experience.

Insurance Coverage

Rental companies will offer a variety of insurance options, from collision damage waivers to personal accident insurance. But before you add extra charges to your bill, check your personal car insurance policy and credit card benefits. Many credit cards offer rental car insurance as a perk.

Vehicle Inspection

This step is often overlooked in the excitement of starting a trip, but it can save you from potential disputes over damage you didn’t cause. Walk around the vehicle and check for any scratches, dents, or other damage. Make sure the rental company notes these issues before you leave. 

Fuel Policy

Rental companies typically offer a few options: pre-purchase (pay for a full tank upfront and return the car empty), return full (refill the tank before returning the car), or you can pay the rental company to refill the car at a premium rate. The “return full” option is usually the most economical, so don’t forget to stop for gas on your way back.


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