For most people the use of a car rental is a necessity. It
generally is done as the result of a need for a replacement
vehicle for a period of time. Most people do not rent cars on a
regular basis and do not know all the ins and outs involved in
the rental contract. There are some very basic, although
important steps that should be followed when renting a car.
You do not need to have personal auto insurance to rent a car;
they will ask you if you would like to purchase their insurance
for the duration of the rental contract. If, however, you have
your own insurance policy, be sure to call your agent to see if
you are covered during your use of a rental car. If your
personal auto policy covers you, there is no need to purchase a
policy from the rental company.
After you have called around, found the best deal and reserved
your choice car; it is time to pick it up. Be sure to have all
of your personal paperwork with you, including your auto policy
if you will not be buying theirs. Before you sign the contract,
read through it and ask any questions you may have.
You will of course, need a valid drivers license to rent the
car. If you do not have a license, they will not rent to you
under any circumstances. Most companies will also require you to
reserve your car with the use of a major credit card, however,
you can pay in cash if you would prefer.
Keep in mind that most rental companies will not rent to any
driver under the age of 25. If you fall under that magic number,
you more than likely will need to get an older relative or
friend to sign the actual contract for you.