Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind date experience? Maybe you’re planning a long-awaited holiday trip with your school buddies to some beautiful locale (or the Galveston beaches). No matter your reasoning, let’s be honest: renting a luxury car is what you want to indulge yourself in to have an incredible experience.
Thankfully, you don’t have to buy a Lamborghini to get behind the wheel of one. You can rent one – Thanks to luxury car rental companies like Akama LifeStyle.
But before you make a deposit, keep these tips in mind to ensure a first-rate exotic-car rental experience, especially if you’re doing it for the first time.
7 Tips to Consider when Renting a Luxury Car
Do your homework – Ask around!
If this is your first time renting a luxury car, it won’t hurt to ask friends and family about their experiences. Word-of-mouth is a great way to learn about different rental companies and gauge a particular agency’s overall quality.
Once you’ve talked to people you trust, check out reviews on Google, social media, and Yelp. Be sure to look out for ‘false’ reviews – whether negative or positive; some reviewers may have ulterior motives in what they’ve posted.
Finally, make sure you research the sites and social media of the companies themselves. You should treat an exotic car rental like getting a 4-star hotel or going out to fine dining.
Check out for Insurance
Whether you’re the company or the driver who’s renting a car, what would you do if an incident occurred resulting in injury or property damage?
Make sure you’re covered adequately with rental insurance.
Don’t forget to discuss your individual needs with the rental company. They will likely have recommendations for you based on their fleet.
Never underestimate the minor factors such as Parking
Another vital factor is parking. Luxury cars require safe and secure parking.
If you’re driving out to crowded tourist spots, you may have trouble finding adequate parking for your rental.
Always remember that driving a luxury car comes with a ton of responsibilities, so choose your destinations wisely!
Avoid half-days – rent for a more extended period
Try to avoid half days if you can because car rental companies will count any started rental period of 24 hours or less as a full rental day, so you might as well keep it for the whole day!
This way, you can save more money and enjoy the seamless class that a luxury car offers
Be aware of any fuel policy
Remember to check the fuel policy before taking any car, as rental companies often keep the fuel cost separate. You don’t want to experience the surprise of a massive gas bill!
Most companies provide a full tank of gas, paid upfront, and don’t expect you to refill what you’ve used. However, companies will often restrict the total miles you can drive a day in their rentals.
Always take some pictures for the future
Is your rental experience complete without tons of pictures? Of course, pictures are great for social media – but they can also protect you.
Before you go for a ride, you need to inspect the entire vehicle, inside and out, for damages – and take pictures if you happen to see anything. Even the smallest scratch on a Ferrari can cost an excessive amount for repair! And you had better believe that rental companies will charge you if you bring their cars back damaged.
Don’t forget the price factor
First-time renters may be surprised by the price difference in renting different car models. Much like in traditional car rental, daily costs scale with the market value of the vehicle. Unlike Hertz or Avis, however, you won’t be able to rely on your insurance provider to give you concessions on the final price.
Renting an exotic can already be pricey – make sure that you factor in the cost of the model you want with the fees involved before making your final decision.
Are you thinking of renting a luxury car in Houston?
When you are Akama’s client, you are entitled to happiness and satisfaction. Contact us today at (979) 413-5001 and get your dream luxury and exotic travel experience.