There are a number of reasons why people decide to rent a car. Cost is one of the main reasons – instead of buying a car on finance and spending large sums of money, hiring a rental car on a short-term basis can save people thousands.
Especially for young professionals and for young couples that have just had children. The savings they can make with a rental car can set them in good stead for later on in life, allowing them to save money and put it towards a better long-term investment.
Having a rental car in the short-term also allows people to drive a car that may typically be beyond their financial means. Spending money renting a top of the range sports car is a lot more affordable than buying one!
But how do you choose the right rental car for your needs?
Think about size
Practicality is essential when you’re choosing a car to rent. A smaller car may be more economical, but if you’re regularly driving your children around or packing the car full of things to transport on a regular basis, for work or otherwise, then are the savings worth it?
Plan ahead and consider what you need to use the car for and why. If it’s going to be full more often than not then it may be worth considering renting a slightly larger model to complement your needs.
Consider your driving habits
Do you drive better in an automatic or a manual? It may seem like a pretty straightforward question but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who think, just because they’re renting a car, they’ll give the weaker option a go.
Unsurprisingly, it can cause problems down the line and affect the driver’s enjoyment of their rental car! Instead of using a rental car to experiment with, stick with what you know and choose a car suited to your driving habits.
Think of your fuel
As proud as we are of our service we can’t pay your fuel costs, unfortunately! So plan ahead and consider what you’re using your rental car for. Are you going away on a regular basis and driving long distances?
If you are then it’s worth renting a car with excellent fuel economy to save on petrol costs and get the most from your tank. If you’re only sticking around the area then a small city car should suit you perfectly.
The Congestion Charge
Drivers around London know just how expensive the Congestion Charge can be, especially if they drive into the capital on a daily basis. That can be avoided though if you rent a car that doesn’t emit more than 75g/km of CO2.
There are a number of eco-friendly models out there that emit less than 75g/km of CO2 and can save drivers money when they want to enter London. Over time those savings add up, allowing people to put that money aside to save up for whatever they need.