From the family of four taking a bi-yearly vacation to the seasoned international traveling professional, the majority of travelers receive a large surprise when they attempt to hire a vehicle from a luxury car rental service provider.
In addition to the rental price, insurance costs, fuel charges, taxes and admin fees all add up. However, many additional fees associated with car rentals can be avoided. With that in mind, here are 6 tips to help you save money when renting a luxury vehicle:
1. Make use of frequent hirer programs
Like airlines, train companies and hotels, many luxury car rental companies monitor a customer’s rental history and provide regular customers with discounted services. Therefore, it is often a good idea to use the same company each time you rent a vehicle.
2. Book in advance and online
Walking into the brick and motor building of a luxury car rental establishment and booking a rental on the spot will almost guarantee that you will be paying a premium price.
By booking in advance via the internet, you can save a small fortune by comparing quotes from different rental providers and making use of online discount codes and coupons.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for a free upgrade
Asking your agent to make a note of your name and interest in a free upgrade should one become available will increase your chances of getting a better class of car when you arrive at the pickup stop.
4. Try to negotiate on price
The best way to boost your haggling clout is to obtain quotes from various different companies (especially when visiting Italy!) and play them off against each other.
Many companies have set prices, but if you don’t ask you don’t get. If a company refuses to offer you a discount on the initial hire price, you should see if you can get them to give you an extra day of car use for a discounted rate.
5. Don’t reveal your budget
When you first contact a luxury car rental company, you should tell them your budget is smaller than what it actually is. If you try to book a small car, you will often encounter agents trying to upsell you a larger car (most likely the car you want) for a discounted price. It always pays to have the upper hand during negotiations and withholding information about your maximum budget is the best way to get some great deals on luxury car rentals.
6. Make use of any friends and family referral discount schemes
Many rental services offer special discounts to family members and friends of past customers, so ask your friends, work colleagues and family members if they have ever used a particular luxury vehicle for hire company before.
As you can see, there are many ways to save money when it comes to hiring a luxury vehicle. However, you need to keep in mind that fuel costs and insurance costs can add up, so you might want to check out fuel cards and insurance comparison websites if you want to save even more money.