Choosing the perfect hire car for your needs can make all the difference to your travel experience. Whether you’re planning a family holiday, a business trip, or a weekend getaway, carefully weighing up your needs and options is essential to ensure you get the perfect car for you. Here are eight tips to help you make the right decision and ensure your trip is a success.
1. Figure out your needs.
Before you start looking for a hire car, it’s important to assess your specific travel needs. How many people will be with you on the trip? How much luggage do you plan to take? What type of terrain or weather conditions will you encounter during your trip? Answering these questions will help you identify the type of car that best suits your needs.
2. Set a budget:
Once you’ve identified your needs, it’s time to set a budget. Decide how much you are willing to spend on car hire. If you don’t want to be surprised by the final bill, at Drivalia we offer you our Ultimate service. You can hire your car on an all-inclusive basis with the peace of mind that your price won’t increase at the end of the contract. Having a clear and fixed budget will help you to narrow down your options and make more conscious decisions.
3. Choose the right size:
Selecting the right size car is essential. Make sure the vehicle has enough space for all the passengers and luggage.
4. Choose an electric car:
Choosing this type of vehicle is a very smart car hire option. These vehicles provide significant savings on fuel consumption. They are more efficient in terms of energy consumption, leading to a reduction in travel costs. This can lead to substantial savings, especially on longer journeys. You’ll also help to reduce air pollution in cities and you’ll be able to drive around the centre of any large city.
At Drivalia we’ve listened to our customers and we know that the biggest problem when it comes to hiring these vehicles is the return policy. Car hire services often require you to return the car with a full batery or over 75% full, which can be impractical due to the length of the journey. In addition, if users fail to meet this requirement, they will have to pay high penalty fees, significantly increasing the cost of the trip.
This is why at Drivalia we’ve introduced a fuel policy that doesn’t require our customers to return their cars with a full batery or a batery over 75% full and, of course, there are no penalties. Contact us with no obligation and we’ll tell you about the advantages of hiring an electric car with Drivalia.
5. Check the terms:
Make sure you fully understand the vehicle hire terms. At Drivalia we have specialised staff at each of our Mobility Stores who will help you throughout the entire vehicle hire process, from before pick-up to delivery at the Mobility Store.
6. Check the availability of extras:
If you need additional features such as a child safety seat, a GPS navigation system, or a luggage rack, check availability with our Mobility Store agents in advance and make sure that the car is equipped with these features when you collect it.
7. Check the pick-up and drop-off times:
Establish a mutually convenient pick-up and drop-off time with the car hire company. By checking these times at the outset, it will be much easier to organise a smooth journey.
8. Check mileage policies:
Make sure you understand the car hire company’s mileage policies. At Drivalia we offer different types of mileage limits, which vary depending on the rate and type of car hire chosen. If you plan to travel long distances, talk to our experts to ensure that the mileage suits your travel plans.
Remember to book in advance to ensure that the car you need is available, especially during peak seasons.
At Drivalia we offer you ongoing assistance through the dedicated staff at our Mobility Stores. Our aim is to make sure that your car hire experience doesn’t spoil your perfect trip.