On Mon, 19 Mar 2012 21:59:11 +0000, Scott A. Campbell wrote:
Anyone have any advice or things to look out for when renting a car?
Especially if you’re a crazy foreigner who drives on the other [correct
;-)] side of the road.[/color]
If you drive on your ‘correct’ side of the road over here, I can assure
you that the police will ticket you for driving on the wrong side of the
Most if not all rental companies here provide insurance - you can waive
the coverage if you have insurance that covers rental vehicles (when I
traveled for work, that was the default for us because the company had
its own policy for employees traveling on business).
The ‘fuel option’ can be weird to understand from car rental companies
here. Usually you have three choices:
Purchase a full tank at the time of rental, and return the vehicle
with as little petrol as you prefer. Price per gallon goes up the more
you leave in the tank (ie, you pay a flat fee for the first tankful).
Let them refuel when you bring the car back - there’s a hefty service
fee for this, and that can drive the price per gallon up to what our
friends in the UK normally pay (and sometimes even a bit higher).
Bring the car back with a nearly full tank.
You may also end up paying an extra fee for dropping the car off at a
different location than where you picked it up. Most rental companies
charge extra for that. ISTR that it might be possible to see if they
have a need to move a car from one location to another - that may be a
way around the fee (that does tend to be within a local area, though, I
think - for example, Hertz has two or three locations here in the SLC
area - and if they need a car at the downtown Marriott and you rent from
the airport, they may be OK with it being returned to a different local
location for another reservation at the end of your rental period - saves
them having to make the trip themselves).
Jim Henderson, CNA6, CDE, CNI, LPIC-1, CLA10, CLP10
Novell Knowledge Partner