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Car Hire Tips by Doug Smith

You've heard it all over the television about cheap car hire and you want some. The deals. Whatever you can get, and why not? With a little extra knowledge you'll be fine.

There are numerous caveats to be aware of, but first the easier stuff. If you are going to rent a car abroad, the best thing is to do so long before you arrive at your destination. Print your confirmed reservation so that if there's a screw-up, you can show proof.

Reserving a car often gets you lower rates than as a walk in. When you show up tired at the rental counter with 5 bags of luggage you are more likely to pay whatever they ask for.

Also, when you reserve for cheap car hire, you've got peace of mind, which is extremely valuable.

Another thing that will save you money is not renting from a rental place adjacent to the airport. Let's face it: we all pay too much for convenience, when it's really not so very inconvenient to take a cab a couple of blocks. Most car rental places offer free shuttle service directly to their business location.

Another thing about cheap car hire rates are cheaper by the week or by the month. Inquiring about such rates is always a good prospect.

In less frequented destinations, you can often haggle with the owner or manager for these cheaper rates. Don't be afraid to bargain. In many cultures, bargaining is seen as little more than a game.

When you decide to rent a car, no matter how great the cheap car hire deal may seem, beware of hidden costs. This is in the fine print and in the contract. Sometimes a phrase here or there may seem ambiguous. If this is true (and you have printed proof), present this to a lawyer for review.

In hammering out the deal be sure to find out the loan company's policies on theft, bail bonds, collisions, taxes, breakdown coverage, and anything else that you can think of. A rather comprehensive policy is the Collision Damage Waiver.

The CDW varies from place to place, so again, you should see what is covered wherever you are going. Also, find out what your own car insurance policy says about coverage of cheap car hire. Often you will not only be covered, but receive discounts on car rental (especially if your insurance is through the Automobile Club or something of the like).

The experience of cheap car hire in your own country or abroad can be a pleasant experience, with little change in your daily routine. With a little homework and preparation, it will surely be painless and fruitful.

This article is © 2006 by Doug Smith, who has many more free tips about how to reserve a car hire abroad at 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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Car Hire Abroad Terms:
  • Taxicab - most common vehicle for hire around the world. Other vehicles for hire include limousines, rickshaws, auto rickshaws, velotaxis (pedicabs), horse-drawn carriages (including hackney carriages and caleches), and water taxis.
  • Electronic ticket or e-ticket - used to represent the purchase of a seat on a passenger airline. This form of airline ticket is rapidly replacing older paper tickets.
  • Coupe convertible (in French coupé cabriolet) or retractable hardtop (more common US usage) - an evolution of car body style that involves the flexibility of a mobile roof (from the convertible) and of the rigid roof of a coupe.
  • Motorway - in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and some Commonwealth nations - both a type of road and a classification. Motorways are highways designed to carry a large volume of traffic where a normal road would not suffice or would be unsafe, usually between cities. In the UK they are predominantly dual-carriageway roads, usually with three lanes in each direction, although four-lane and two-lane carriageways are also common, and all have grade-separated access.
  • Tourist - someone who travels at least eighty kilometres (fifty miles) from home for the purpose of recreation, as defined by the World Tourism Organization.

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