What You Should Know About Rental Cars

Saturday, January 11, 2014@ 8:37 PM
Author: Steve Parquet

fullsizecarAre you planning on renting a car for the first time on your upcoming Hawaiian vacation? If so, it’s natural that you’re going to have questions. Hawaiian car rentals may seem like a complicated industry, but it may end up being one of the simplest elements of your planning phase. Rental vehicles are actually quite affordable and you may be surprised at the wide selection of cars, vans, SUVs and more that are available.

We’ve chosen to highlight some of the most frequently asked questions first time car renters ask. By reading through, you should be able to gain a better understanding of what to expect prior to booking your rental.

Will My Car Have Signs of Wear and Tear?

While your rental car will have been driven by other travelers, many rental companies replace their fleet of vehicles with brand new vehicles each and every year. Aside from that, cars are meticulously cleaned to ensure that you’re never forced to deal with an untidy car. While many companies have a smoke-free policy, many who allow their drivers to smoke limit this activity to certain vehicles. If you consider yourself a “clean freak”, you can be sure your rental car will be up to your standards.

What if I Get in an Accident or Something Happens?

While policies and procedures will vary depending on which rental company you choose – most services provide special rental car insurance to their customers. While this will protect you against some damage, other damages may not be covered. It’s a good idea to inquire about the company’s policies prior to booking. This way, you can ensure you have coverage where you feel you need it most without making a commitment first.

What if I’m Traveling with a Group?

Transporting a large group around Hawaii is a major concern for many people. Fortunately, many rental companies offer not only larger SUVs and vans, but multi-passenger vans that can fit up to fifteen people. Why deal with having to call multiple taxis or squeezing everyone onto already-crowded public transportation? These rental vans are incredibly convenient and they’re available through select rental companies at fantastic rates. Thanks to the simplicity and ease of online booking, you can even view photos of the vehicles and read all of their details prior to making any type of commitment. It’s the perfect way to ensure that your vacation has everything it needs to succeed!

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