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You want to hire a car? This is not as difficult as it may sound. The main thing is to have a credit card. Yes, this can be a real drag, but they're loaning you a car for a day or so. Okay, but let's say you have a credit card. That's the beginning.
While a car is a big investment, and so presumably is renting one, the fact is, it's neither rocket science, nor like getting into Harvard. You'll want to bring your credit card, driver's license (bring a second valid form of ID if you can).
Don't be intimidated. Just go in, knowing what you want. Ask if you don't understand something.
Take in a few considerations including price, how far you're going to take the vehicle, reputability of the place you want to hire a car from (in case it breaks down), who will have to pay if, indeed the car breaks down, the number of miles you can drive before having to pay extra per mile, and what the car looks like.
The optimal car hire experience would go something like this: cash is fine (with little or no deposit); a beautiful, new sports car with all the accessories you want, a gorgeous interior, air conditioning, amazing sound system that blows windows out as you pass by.
The real world is trickier. Things to look out for including not only the rates you have to pay to hire a car, but also where you can and cannot take your car (i.e. Foreign countries are often forbidden); when the car is due back; any hidden costs (often found at the bottom of the contract in the smallest print allowed by law, examine these sections carefully until fully understood).
Insurance is also an important consideration. At most places it's required, but there still exist a few cowboy operations that utilize "insurance optional" as a selling point by offering lower prices without the insurance.
This is pure lunacy. If you are offered insurance, take it. If nothing's mentioned to you about insurance, ask about it. Do not accept anything that seems less than sane or pragmatic.
Find out about discounts, as well. Often, if you are a member of AAA, the Diner's Club, or many senior citizen organizations or whatnot, discounts are available to hire a car.
Furthermore there are rates for renting a car a week or more, as well as NOT renting on weekends, when they are most greatly in demand. Find out if multiple drivers cost extra, likewise, especially if you will have a friend along for the ride.
If your friend or sister is driving the car and they are not covered, should an accident occur you will find yourself accountable for hospital costs and buying the car hire business a new car. Do not worry. Do your research and all will be well!
This article is © 2006 by Doug Smith, who has many more free tips about how to reserve a car hire abroad at http://www.findcarsforhire.com. You may reprint this article in its entirety as long as this copyright information is included and all hyperlinks remain active and clickable.
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