Would you like to travel more — and for less? How would you like to soak up the sun on Bondi beach, or see the majestic Sydney Opera House?
It is a known fact that most of us have to figure out how to travel more on a limited budget.
A lot of people think travel is too expensive to do regularly, but affordable travel is possible, and quite easy to achieve – even when it means renting a car for your trip.
Need wheels for this particular ride? Renting a car can give you flexibility and freedom when you’re travelling, and in some parts of Australia, it may be the only way to get around.
Yes, a rental car can sometimes add complications to your trip — like trying to find the best deal or sorting out exactly which options you need depending on the distance and location of your destination.
Not to worry, here are some quick and practical tips on saving money when renting a car:
Planning for a trip is as important as saving for it. Some companies now install a Fuel & Trip Calculator in their cars, such as Bayswater Car Rental.
This means that anyone in Australia can simply go onto the app that enables you to check how far it is to travel and how much petrol is needed for your trip.
Say no to extra costs
Consumers will usually hesitate to use car rental services due to companies’ “extra fees.” Pick car rental companies who don’t have hidden fees. i.e. registration fee, airport fee,
Bayswater Car Rental CEO Arnold Kluck says “People often forget to factor this into their travel plans. If you are not watching your dollars, it is easy to get caught out.”
Say yes to free…anything
Ask for free miles, and make sure your car has unlimited miles – always ask or request first before booking because these offers usually exist but don’t get offered if you don’t ask.
It is also wise to use coupons and other offered promos. Saving money is worth the little extra effort.
Pick new, clean, and compact cars
Always rent the newest, cleanest car. Make sure the navigation system is in top shape, along with all the essential parts that need to work. Always pick the smallest cars, or COMPACT CARS
If they are not available, some companies will have you upgraded to bigger cars for free.
Don’t be afraid to cancel your booking / choose others
Unlike flights, car rentals have no fees for cancellation. Always look at different prices and packages, then compare. You can book, then re-check if prices had dropped after a day or two.
As long as you do a little bit of homework, renting a car should never cost you an arm and a leg.
Couple that with using a trip calculator that computes your distance and petrol usage, scoring a discount code or two, and quickly checking multiple websites for the best price and you’re staring down some big savings.
Using these tips, you can drive with peace of mind, knowing you are safe and sound, all while saving money! Now that’s trip worth taking.