What Size Car Do You Need?
The size of the rental car that you need is dependent on your intended destination. If you are planning an adrenalin-filled, off-road adventure; a robust 4×4 with excellent traction control from a car hire company in South Africa would be an obvious option. However, the drawback is that your fuel consumption will be high and therefore the escalating petrol prices will be a definite concern.
For a family road trip, opt for safety rather than power and speed. The V8 sign emblazoned on the side or back of the car does have a certain allure, but it is unnecessary. For long distance trips, a car with excellent fuel economy, comfort and excellent security features is ideal.
Get Price Estimates
It is beneficial to phone the car rental companies first to obtain a quote before you finalise the plans for your trip. It is also worthwhile to ask if the company is currently running any specials; this will save you money that can be added to your budget for your trip.
Ensure that your license is valid and will be accepted
When you apply to rent a vehicle from a Cape Town car hire company, it is essential to enquire as to whether the car rental company makes a habit of checking customers’ driving records. Most reputable companies will check driving records when customers arrive. Your license will be rejected if you do not satisfy the requirements and standards of the company. Even if you have a definite booking, you may be disqualified from renting a car for any of the following reasons:
- Driving with an invalid, suspended or revoked license.
- Convictions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), Driving Under the Influence (DUI), reckless driving, or leaving the scene of an accident.
- Any accidents on your record, regardless of fault.
- Ask About Extra Charges
- Ask if there may be charges that could increase an advertised base rate, such as:
- A deposit or refundable charge
- Airport surcharges and drop-off fees
- Fuel charges
- Mileage fees
- Additional driver fees
- Underage-driver fees
- Equipment-rental fees (for items such as ski racks and car seats)
Understanding the Terms and Charges
It is critical that you are fully informed about the terms and conditions that are associated with the rental of the car before you sign the agreement. If not, there may be additional charges on your final bill which you will not be able to dispute.