If you have ever had to travel for business, the chances are great that you may have had to rent a car. But, with all of the car rental options available, how do you know if you’re getting the best rates and service? Though we all know by now that business travel in itself can sometimes be stressful, renting a car doesn’t have to be.
Choose the right vehicle
You have to think carefully about what kind of vehicle that you will be requiring. If you’re travelling with co-workers or have a lot of supplies to haul, such as materials for tradeshows or exhibitions, you may want a large kombi or SUV. If you’re looking to save your company money on rental rates and fuel costs, you’ll want to reserve the smallest available model. If you don’t know how to drive a manual vehicle, be sure to reserve a car with automatic transmission. Try to pick a vehicle similar to the one you own, as it suites your individual driving style.
Designate one driver
Many car rental agencies include additional fees for a second driver. If you are travelling with a co-worker, it will be more cost-efficient to have only one of you be responsible for the driving. If you must share the driving responsibilities, then shop around and inquire about fees for adding a second driver.
Choose the right company
Choose a company based on rates, vehicle availability and service. If you’re a frequent traveller, you know that the major rental car companies have special programs that qualify repeat customers for discounts, greater choice of vehicles and faster service. For those who travel only occasionally, however, it’s a good idea to compare rates based on the type of car you want (mid-size, full-size, SUV and the like) and the location and dates of your trip. Although the major companies have largely homogeneous rental car fleets, if you want a specific model, check on its availability before you make a reservation.
If you previously had a pleasant experience with a company because of their efficient service or willingness to get you into a specific vehicle, use them again. Smaller, independently owned companies might be appealing because of their ultra-low rates or the availability of hard-to-find, exotic vehicles. You should, however, research these companies thoroughly before handing over your credit card. Find out what kind of roadside assistance the company offers — if the rental vehicle breaks down, you don’t want to be in the position of having to pay for towing out your own pocket. In addition, make sure that you plan around the company’s operating hours. Some smaller companies are not open 24 hours, so if you have a late flight, you might not be able to pick up the car when you want it.
HERTZ RENT A CAR
HERTZ RENT A CAR operates as an international franchisee of the global Hertz Corporation throughout South Africa. Their easy to use online booking system will have you in the rental car of your choice in no time at all.
The Hertz brand has been driving the corporate, government and leisure car rental markets in South Africa since 1950 and continues to be a respected and instantly recognizable brand in the vehicle rental sector. Hertz currently has over 42 branches strategically located at major hubs throughout South Africa, so your starting destination and end destination need not be the same.
Hertz Emergency Rescue Option
An optional value add-on to Hertz’s rental agreement is the Hertz Emergency Rescue Option (HERO). Priced at a nominal daily rate, in the event of an accident or sudden onset of a life-threatening medical event, HERO’s Emergency Medical Transport Services are there to answer our customers’ distress calls.