Below are the tricks that will help you score a cheap rental car in Uganda and save money on your next road trip, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a cross country.
1. Always skip the airport; renting a vehicle at the airport is so convenient when you are flying into a new city. Price out rental locations in the city and compare to what you can get at the airport. Make sure you factor in the cost of a taxi to and from your rental location in case you rent at a location away from the airport.
2.Shop around online; always look at sites to compare your options and narrow in on the best deal. Then go directly to the car rental company’s site. You will find an even steeper discount that way with pay now options. You have to know that rentals paid in advance are typically nonrefundable. Even if you book, keep searching since you can cancel your reservation if you find a better price.
3.Seek out cheap rental cars; there are many discount brands that will save your pockets and are also vying for your business, often at a lower rate than big-name rental companies. So always go for the cheap options.
4.The leverage memberships; having a car rental membership will help you to save money on your next rental car. You can end up getting a driver for free, and also get discounts per day drive.
5.You can as well opt for economy cars; the economy cars are the cheapest and therefore the most likely to be booked. You can use this to your advantage. Just book something that is enough for your parties and luggage as long as affordable.
6.Stick to one driver; many rental car companies will charge you a daily fee for the extra driver and this will vary by location. But you can leverage other memberships to get an additional driver with select rental car companies.
7.Forgo the extras; the rental agents make more money if they sell you on the benefits of extras like insurance, roadside assistance, GPS, and satellite radio navigation. You can save money in case they resist their spiel.
8.And the insurance; if you have your own car, the primary insurance likely covers you when you rent a car. Many credit cards include basic insurance coverage if you use the card to pay for your rental. If you are renting overseas, you will be required to buy insurance even if you have your primary car insurance or your credit card.
9.Navigation; with this, you can use the navigation system you carry in your pocket and save your money for gas. Why would you rent a GPS when you can use a Google map on your phone.
10.With the toll transponder, many rental car companies charge a per-day fee for the transponder which you can pay in addition to any tolls, while the tolls are unavoidable, there are cheaper ways to go about it.
11.The car seat may be unavoidable; after all, the safety of your child is more important than saving a few dollars. But in case you can borrow one car seat, this will save you some money.
12.The price out prepaid gas; this is typically best to skip the fuel service option, but occasionally rental companies give competitive fuel rates. You won’t know what the rental Car Company is charging until you arrive, so do your research ahead of time. On a short day or weekend trip, you may just need to top off your tank before returning the car. The longer trips may allow you to roll in on fumes and save some money as you do so.