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Car Rental Tips

Wondering what you need to rent a car, and whether that extra insurance is actually worth buying? Here are a few car rental tips to keep in mind next time you're out of town and need a ride.

Choosing the vehicle

You might be tempted to go with a flashy sports car when browsing the rental options, but keep in mind that sports cars aren't known for their roomy interiors. If you're traveling with a family or need to transport gear, you might be better off with a larger vehicle. Fuel economy and rental cost can also be a factor if you’re driving long distances, so make sure to consider your options carefully before settling on a vehicle type.

Picking up the car

Before getting into your rental, inspect the body, bumper, hood and windows for signs of damage. Any damage should be noted before you drive away so you're not held responsible when you return it. You should also take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the new vehicle. Review the location of switches, knobs and which side the gas tank is on before hitting the road.


Do you need the rental car insurance provided by the company? That depends; before renting a car, call your insurance provider and ask whether your policy covers rental vehicles. If you only have minimum auto insurance coverage, additional coverage might be required.


Remember that your rental car won't handle like the car you drive every day. It may be a different size, and the brakes could be harder or softer than what you're used to. Take some time to get used to the feel of the vehicle, and eliminate potential distractions like the radio or GPS device until you're comfortable.

Dropping off the car

Before turning in your rental, don't forget to refill the gas tank. Most rental companies will charge a premium for any fuel that was used and not replaced. You should also be present during the drop-off inspection to make sure no new damage is documented.

Keep this car rental advice in mind during your next trip out of town, and if you need coverage for your everyday car, request an affordable car insurance quote from Titan.

The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.

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