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Car Rental Check List

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Ok so renting a vehicle isn't exactly a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. It seems pretty straight forward – woman wants holiday, needs car. Pay rental service, drive away. You wouldn't buy a car without doing a bit of shopping around for a better deal. You certainly wouldn't buy it without looking under the bonnet.

The only difference between renting a car and buying one should be the check list. Luckily for you, here's one I prepared earlier.

Get out your drivers licence. My mug shot makes me appear mildly constipated, five pounds heavier and potentially contemplating violence. Yours might too, but what else does it say? Are there any restrictions? Do they apply in other States? Do you know how to drive stick shift or only automatic?

Ok you've been promising Little Johnny for three months now that you'd take him to Disneyland. Time to make good. So how many family members and friends are going to try to talk you into taking their kids too? This affects a crucial decision: Sedan or minivan.

Insurance. The only thing to say about it is that you need it and you need to know what you're covered for. That and don't let your teenage daughter drive because under 25's pay higher car rental insurance fees and under 21's are not permitted to drive at all. And if she doesn't back the car into the hotel fountain then Murphy's law states that you will.

Ask questions. If you're travelling with children or even if you're just a bit of a grub – then find out if the company is going to charge you for cleaning costs. If your kid goes all “Exorcist” on you, the bill could be quite a shock. If in doubt, always return the vehicle in the same condition you received it. While you're asking about cleaning costs, ask about gas (do you have to return it with a full tank?) cost of renting a child seat, who to call if you have a prang and how long is a piece of string anyway?

Do your research. There's nothing quite like being able to tell a company that you can get exactly the same car for a cheaper price elsewhere but you'd really prefer to rent with them because their location is closer to the air port or train station. They might just do you a deal.

Realistically, who's got time to shop around for car rental when they're planning a holiday, get sent on an impromptu work trip or have just joined a guild on World of Warcraft? Nobody, that's who. Which is why websites like

VroomVroomVroom is an absolute Godsend. Instead of spending hours on the phone getting quotes from multiple rental companies, they collate all the best deals into one, easily searchable service. And, best of all, their customer service team is just a phone call or an email away – and, yes, they actually do answer your calls! So if the whole process still seems a bit too mystifying or simply too draining, give them a call and let them do the hard yards for you. Probably best not to bring them with you to Disneyland though as their customer service skills have been known to far exceed their babysitting credentials.

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