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Why Rent a Car?
Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, or simply wish to rent a car when yours is unavailable, it's advisable to book in advance in order to secure the best rates. You'll also often find better rates online.
Car rental companies often post current promotions, incentives, and special rates on their website. Even if you do choose to book online, it doesn't hurt to call the car rental company directly to make sure the rate is the best available. There may be other discounts not posted online, such as corporate agreements and discounts offered through affiliate programmes.
Car rental companies offer several vehicle selections, including economy, compact, intermediate, full-size, and luxury. Some even offer full-size vans, mini-vans, and passenger pick-up trucks. Bear in mind that many companies often only carry a limited number of larger sized and specialty vehicles, so the sooner you make a booking, the more likely you will be to secure the vehicle you want.
Economy and compact cars are popular choices as they offer the best fuel economy, but sometimes it's worth hiring a luxury model that you may not ordinarily have the pleasure of driving.
Car rental companies may offer you the option of upgrading your vehicle for a nominal fee when collecting it. This may be better than the online rate. Additional options and services include GPS navigation, free maps, directions, and being picked up at the airport or your hotel and taken to the car rental location to collect your vehicle.
Many car rental companies offer customer loyalty programmes. which form part of an affiliated programme with other travel companies e.g. major airlines. These programmes sometimes provide free rental periods once sufficient rentals have been booked or programme points earned.
When deciding on a rental company, always use one that is well known. Europcar has been in business for 30 years and has over 5,300 car rental locations in over 160 countries worldwide. We offer free 24-hour roadside assistance, help with directions, GPS rentals, 24-hour phone support, and online booking.