Collecting your vehicle

If you’re renting from a big firm, you should be fairly safe but there are many good practices that you should learn to implement to save any aggravation at a later date.

One of the first things you need to bear in my mind is what condition is the car in that you’re about to drive away. It is always a good idea to take a few minutes to check for any scratches or damage to the vehicle and make sure that the renter is aware of them. It is even better to get them to write down and make sure there be a record of them.

Unscrupulous renters will be keen to notice whether you check the vehicle and will be more than willing to fine you for the slightest scratch that was already on the vehicle long before it ever reached you.

It’s also important to remember to have all your paperwork with you such as your ID (usually a passport), credit card and booking reference. Most car hire companies insist on you having a credit card, so if you plan to pay with a debit card, be sure to contact them well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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