Captain Centennial Says…Before Renting Your Next Auto: Be Aware!

Like almost all other people in warm weather locales, those of us on Team Centennial, being involved in car and truck leasing and sales in toasty-warm Phoenix, are looking forward to vacation time more with each passing day.

And, perhaps because of our connection with vehicle sales and leasing, many of us are very conscious of myriad important little details like renting a vehicle as part of our planned holiday routine. So, we are happy to share with you these tips on the subject of renting cars:

– Rental Car Agencies Profit Little on the Rental Itself. Most major car rental agencies, and even their local counterparts, try to keep the price low to entice you to rent from them. Where they do make money is on things like refueling charges, insurance and over-mileage charges. Yes, you can be sure they will be looking for ways to tack extra fees on to the base price of your rental. By all means, make sure you refill your own tank, and try to select a rental that offers you unlimited mileage, so that you wind up getting the best possible deal.

– Car Rental Coverage will Not Cover Everything. You don’t have to be, like us, in the field of automobile sales to understand that if you choose to use your credit card to cover you or your regular car insurance, or you do end up buying the insurance through the rental agency, you probably will realize that you aren’t covered for everything. Be sure to consult with your own insurance agent to see what you should do and how to get the coverage that you need.

– You will Need Additional Paperwork if you are Renting from an International Destination. Be certain that you have the proper paperwork when you are traveling out of the country and you anticipate renting a car. You will need to get this information well ahead of time so that when you do pick your vehicle up, you will have everything prepared.

– What Happens if you Don’t Return the Vehicle on Time? Each rental agency will handle such cases differently, but it is good information to know prior to checking-out the vehicle. In the ideal situation, you would return the vehicle on time, but unexpected delays are more the rule than the exception. While some rental agents will charge you for another entire day if you go past the exact time, some have a grace period and will merely apply an hourly charge.

– Don’t Let Anyone Else Drive that Vehicle. If you are the person who is on the rental agreement, be sure you are the one that always will be doing the driving. If something happens while another driver is behind the wheel, you may find out that, unfortunately, you are not covered. If there is even a chance that someone else will be driving that vehicle, let the car rental company be aware of this, and see to it that it is indicated on the rental agreement.

Author Bio: Captain Centennial, whose real name is Monty Buckingham, is the longtime Public Information Officer for Team Centennial at Centennial Leasing & Sales in Phoenix, AZ. Visit us on the web at

Category: Automotive
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