Car rental companies were facing a problem last spring when travel was essentially non-existent. Rental agencies, on the other hand, were not bailed out by taxpayers (several times).
So, how did car rental in Pakistan manage to stay afloat? First, hundreds of thousands of cars were sold to stockpile cash and hunker in until traffic resumed.
The return of the road trip has been one of the most popular travel trends since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, because of the massive demand for rental cars, supplies may be limited. Car rental fees are, unsurprisingly, sky-high; that is if you can find one available to rent at all.
The good news is that renting a car does not have to consume your entire holiday budget. Here are some tips that will help you in getting the cheapest car rental services:
Skip the Airport
When flying into a new city, renting a car at the airport is a simple option. However, due to airport surcharges, this convenience may come at a cost. Surcharges are frequently offered as fixed cash amounts, referred to as a “Customer Facility Charge.”
You may also find them as a percentage of your total rental payment, and you may owe both. These fees are usually a few dollars per day, but depending on the length of your stay, they can easily reach three figures.
Compare prices at several rental outlets in the city to what you can obtain at the airport. If you hire a car further from the airport, make sure to add in the cost of a cab or rideshare to and from your rental site.
But one of the easiest ways is to search on Google local car rental service provider. From here, you will get lots of local car rental agencies’ websites, get their contact no and hire them. These car rental agencies are much cheaper than other national or international shuttle services at airports in Pakistan.
Use Points/Coins while Booking
The only thing better than saving money on a rental automobile is getting one for (almost) nothing. When you book a rental car with airline miles or credit card points, this is feasible.
This isn’t always feasible from a budgetary standpoint. In many situations, utilizing your points for flight tickets or hotel stays will provide superior value. However, booking your vehicle rental using points could be worth it if you’re going on a lengthy vacation because of the significant discounts.
Go for Economy Car
If you don’t require something more significant for a large family gathering (or a 4WD for winter vacation), booking the lowest automobile choice available will save you money. You’ll be offered to upgrade for a charge several times – don’t do it.
When you arrive at the rental to pick up your car, there may be no economy or subcompact cars available, so you’ll get an upgrade anyway and you won’t have to pay for it. The worst-case scenario is that you end up with a subcompact automobile, which isn’t all that awful (those cars cost less to refuel, after all).
Like in Pakistan, there are many economy cars primarily used in car rental services. Here are some of them.
- Suzuki Wagon R
- Toyota Corolla GLI, XLI
- Suzuki Cultus
- Honda BRV
And many more. But these are one of the most economical cars used in Pakistan for car rentals.
Do your study before checking the box accepting the automobile rental company’s insurance coverage. When you use your credit card to rent a car, many credit cards automatically include the needed insurance coverage.
Check your credit cards to see what they provide. Your auto insurance may also apply to rental cars if you’re traveling within your nation, so double-check. You can get the cheapest car rental services while skipping companies’ insurance.
Always get verified before signing the car rental agreement; otherwise, these car rental companies may charge you extra insurance money.
Compare Daily & Weekly Rates
The weekly cost should always be less expensive than the daily rate. However, this isn’t always the case. For example, if you’re going on a three-or-four-day trip, it’s occasionally less expensive to rent a car for a week and then return it early.
So, before you make a reservation, see if the weekly cost is less expensive than the daily rate. Then, just read the rental agreement carefully to ensure that you won’t be charged extra if you return the car early.
And don’t inform the business you’re returning the car early since they could try to charge you more.
It’s not easy to rent an automobile. With all the odd regulations and procedures of the rental businesses, it’s a pain in the neck. It’s also financial hardship since rentals are often more expensive than you wish to spend.
About Guest Author:
With more than 15 years of business experience in rental car services at Haririi. Arslan has found a formula for success that defines his career.
“Success is doing the work you want, with the clients you want, for the money you want, while still making time for the life you want”.