The island of Lihue can be a beautiful change of scenery whether traveling for business or personal matters. Aside from booking your flight and hotel room, booking a car rental is likely the best solution to getting around and taking in all the sites. If you are planning on renting a vehicle for your Lihue trip, you need to be sure that you’ve thoroughly understood what is expected of you as a customer and more importantly, that you don’t end up with extra charges by forgetting these five factors listed below.


When looking at prices for Lihue car rentals you need to inquire about the mileage rates. Ideally, the company you choose should have a package that allows for unlimited mileage, meaning that no matter how far you travel, you’re still only paying the rate you’ve been quoted. However, failure to ask about the mileage prior to renting the car could leave you with a hefty bill once you return it.


When quoted for a rental car, it is important that you determine whether or not they have included the taxes already. Taxes can vary greatly by location and company and therefore you should ask before signing on the dotted line. There are some companies that charge extra for customers coming to pick up their car from the airport to compensate for the airport fees and surcharges assessed by the State of Hawaii.


When you receive Lihue car rentals chances are the tank will be filled already. Most rental car companies require that you return the gas back to the level it was when you picked up the vehicle. If you’re not familiar where gas stations are, your rental company may offer to refill the car for you at another pre-determined per gallon rate. Many consumers  make the mistake of not filling up the car prior to returning it. As a result they end up paying very high prices on the gas per gallon.


In most cases rental companies will suggest that you purchase additional insurance for the vehicle. It is typically called the Collision Damage Waiver or the Loss Damage Waiver. In any case, if you decide to purchase this you should find out beforehand if it is included in the price you’ve been quoted. Insurance coverage is usually never included in the price of a rental car. The waivers are important as they relieve you of being responsible for damage to the vehicle. Many consumers opt not to take on the additional insurance. Should the car be in an accident or stolen, all financial responsibility falls on them if they have no other coverage.

Drop Off

Another fee that can be assessed for Lihue car rentals is a drop off fee. This fee generally applies when a tourist is looking to drop the car off to another location than where they picked it up from. You can avoid this by dropping your car off to the same location. Also, make sure that you are timely in returning the vehicle to its drop off location. All companies charge extra for lateness past a certain number of minutes.

These five things can help you get Lihue car rentals at an affordable price and stay on budget. Pay attention, ask questions, and more importantly, enjoy your stay.

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