Price is an important factor when choosing a rental car, but it's not the only one. Also consider the following to find a vehicle that will keep you safer as you travel.
Check the safety ratings
Before committing to a car, request the specific make and model information and research it. Find safety ratings online.
Select the right size
How many people are travelling with you, and do you need a significant amount of luggage room? You'll want to have enough space to see clearly out of each window and to keep passengers comfortable. Remember, middle seats are often small for adults but typically fine for children. If you need room for more than four adults, pick a vehicle with a third row.
Request additional accessories
Many rental companies offer add-ons such as child safety seats, GPS systems and roadside assistance. Because these extras can be pricey, pack your own if you have them. You might also consider requesting a vehicle with electronic access for added convenience.
Inspect your car
Give the car a once-over before driving off. Don't miss checking these essentials:
- Tire pressure and condition
- Seat belts
- Climate control (if you’re travelling in extreme cold or heat)
- Windshield wiper condition and wiper fluid level
Also double check that the car is equipped with important safety features, and verify that the add-ons you agreed to are accounted for and functioning appropriately.