Will your next holiday include a luxury car rental? If so, you need to make sure that you know what to ask and what to do before you sign anything, to prevent yourself from running into a nasty surprise or a real problem. Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure that your luxury car hire is a pleasant one.

The first thing you need to know is what kind of car you want and what it’s going to require. High end vehicles, like luxury cars and sports cars, might cost more than you’d think in extra insurance requirements and special charges. Look carefully at your rental agreement before you sign off on any rental car.

The rental agreement should have all the important information about the charges, what car you’re renting and how long you’ll be renting it. Look for hidden fees or unusual rules, and be sure you’re aware of what is included with the rental and what’s not. Learn about any and all special conditions that apply to a luxury car, which might not apply to a regular rental, particularly if you’ve never rented a luxury vehicle before.

Take the time to learn what to do if you have a breakdown while driving, how many kilometers you’re limited to per day, and what insurance requirements exist. Be sure that your contract states clearly how many kilometers are on the car before you leave the lot, and be sure that the number is accurately recorded when you come back. That can keep you from having to pay a penalty later.

Know the details of your insurance coverage, including any exclusions, the liability limit, and whether you need to pay more to cover any additional drivers. Find out the procedure for an accident, and your responsibilities if one happens. Learn what the rental company is responsible for, too.

Make sure you have all your personal documentation with you when you come to rent the car, including a valid driving license for the area, international identification, such as a passport, and a good credit card or enough cash to cover the rental. Make sure you understand that paying with cash means you’ll need to leave a large deposit with the agency. Different companies will have different rules, and you should learn about them in advance.

Before signing the paperwork for any vehicle, you’ll need to make sure it doesn’t have an undocumented damage that you might be charged for after you bring it back to the lot. All problems should be noted in the rental agreement, and all emergency supplies, tools, and spare parts should be in the car when you leave. You’ll also need to check the fuel level before you leave and when you come back, and learn what fuel is appropriate for the luxury car you rent.

Last, but not least, know what to do if you have a complaint. Most of the time, the luxury car you rent will have no issues, but sometimes service or vehicles aren’t up to standards. Find out how to complain and who to complain to if there’s a problem – most agencies will want to fix it right away so that the rest of your trip is a great one.

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