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The Pros and Cons of Choosing A Rental Car

So, you’ve got your sights set on your next holiday destination and you’re doing your research. You’re deciding on when you want to travel, what the highlights of your trip are going to be, and whether you’re going to opt for an organized tour or make your own way in a rental car.

Driving into the sunset in Cape Town, South Africa.
Above: Driving into the sunset in Cape Town, South Africa.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the pros and cons of renting a car and whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

The Pros of Choosing a Rental Car

Convenience: Renting a car to get around your holiday destination is a great way to explore the sights and sounds on your own terms. You’ll be able to simply get in and go without being tied to public transportation or a tour group with a set schedule. It’s just quicker and easier.

Flexibility: Getting around in a rental car gives you the flexibility to adapt your itinerary to your exact wants and needs. If you find you want to spend more or less time at a particular attraction or in a specific city, it’s all up to you. Car rental gives you the freedom you need to go wherever and whenever you want to.

Variety: Renting a car gives you a wide variety of vehicle options. Most rental companies can offer everything from compact cars to luxury sedans, SUVs, and minivans for larger groups. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s likely you’ll be able to rent it.

Toyota Corolla sedan.
Above: Toyota Corolla sedan.

It’s also a great way to test drive if you’re considering buying a particular car later.

Unlimited mileage: If you choose an unlimited mileage car rental package, you’ll have the opportunity to drive as far as you like, without having to worry about the extra expense of by-the-kilometer charges.

The Cons of Choosing a Rental Car

Cost: Renting a car is more expensive than getting around by public transport or in an organized tour group. You’ll have to pay for your own fuel, a cost that can add up quickly over a long road trip. You’ll also have to pay insurance fees and a security deposit.

Strict Terms: Almost all car rental agencies have strict terms and conditions. You’ll have to pay for any damage your rental car may incur like dents or scrapes, even if these weren’t caused by you – who hasn’t had their car bumped while it was parked?


Land Rover SUV.
Above: Land Rover SUV.

You’ll also have to pay for any fines you might have picked up on your journey, such as speeding fines.


Extra Charges: Be sure to read your rental agreement thoroughly. Sometimes there can be hidden fees or extra charges. In the end it’s your responsibility to acquaint yourself with the contract and ask as many questions as you like before you sign off and get going.

Above: Luxury car rental.
Above: Luxury car rental.

By doing your research and comparing car rental options, there’s no reason you can’t find a vehicle that suits your road trip needs. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of renting a car and exploring your holiday destination exactly how you want to.

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