Hiring a car or recreational vehicle (RV) for your next exciting adventure across the US represents the best way to way to get about, but you must be careful so as to avoid several common tricks that rental agencies play on their customers to get them to pay more than they should. Whether you’re hiring feature-packed rental camping vans to explore the magnificent California coastline, trekking through the dry, arid environments of Ohio or Arizona, or you’re heading to the heart of the south, take note of these car and RV rental tricks to avoid preventable problems.
Extra Insurance that You Don’t Need
So, you’ve paid everything up front (usually online) and you’ve just got to the front of the queue, handed over your details and now you’re being hit up for extra insurance – now what? It’s collision-or loss-damage-waiver (CDW/LDW) insurance that’s usually the point of contention here, so you need to know exactly what you’ve already paid for and what you need to pay before you pick up the car or recreational vehicle you’ve hired for your great American journey.
However, you should also bear in mind that this insurance policy covers you for the damage occurred in an accident, so if you were involved in a car crash while driving your camping van across the US, you won’t be liable for any damages.
Many agencies are notorious for the fuel charges they apply, so find out how much the going price for petrol is before you reach the front of the queue. If they offer you a rental vehicle with a full tank of fuel so you don’t need to return it full (this means you pay for the fuel before you drive away) and the price is right, it may be a good idea to opt for this. That way you needn’t worry about returning it full and being hit with additional charges if it isn’t topped right up to the top of the tank.
The agency will most likely hit you up for additional extras, most of which you simply don’t need. The GPS navigation units that many rental agencies push are a good example of this, but as long as you have a smartphone with adequate data or you can download maps to make available offline, you needn’t worry about this.
Another extra that they may try to push on you is child booster seats, so if you have a young child travelling with you, find out what the age requirements are so that you can refuse this if you don’t need it. This is something that affects travellers hiring cars more so than rental camping vans, so you probably won’t have to worry about this aspect of vehicle hire if you’re hiring a recreational vehicle for your road trip holiday across the US.
When you know what you’re doing and what to expect when hiring a vehicle, there’s no reason why you should experience any problems on your American road trip. Take your time to source a top rental agency and use the tips here to avoid unnecessary problems.