Rental cars are very helpful because they can save the day for you when you are looking for travel convenience in your home area or away. Apart from renting a car for your events or travel needs, you might want to rent a car when you are on a holiday to have an easier time moving from one attraction or area of interest to another. Luckily, there are so many rental car companies that offer a huge range of cars for you to choose from depending on your travel needs and prices that are affordable to you.
Even though most of these companies give their best in keeping their fleets in top shape for the sake of the customers, you as the customer must ensure that you do important checks before renting that car. The checks are important because they give you peace of mind that the car won’t disappoint you when you are already on the road. These checks are important regardless of the distance you wish to cover in the rented car.
Air conditioning – This is a very important check during summer months. Test the system to make sure that it functions properly and check the air flow strength and whether the temperatures are cool enough for your preferences. The last thing you want is to get roasted while driving on hot summer days.
Heating system – This is just as important as the air conditioning, especially in winter months. Ensure that the air flow is adequate and that the car takes reasonable time to warm up. A rental car that has a good heating system will make your journey more enjoyable no matter how low the temperatures go as you travel. Also important to check are the defrosting capabilities of the car so you are assured they will function when you need them most.
Fluid levels – Good car rental companies will make sure that the fluid levels are checked when the car is returned so they are ready for their next rental but it helps to check before you rent the car of your choice. The brake fluid, windshield washer fluid and oil are some of the most important fluids to check. Ensure they are filled up to the appropriate levels to avoid any inconveniences when you finally hit the road.
Damages – Knowing the state of the car right before renting it is very important. On the exterior make sure you check for preexisting dings, dents and scratches that could end up attracting charges when you return the car. Stains, unpleasant odors and other damages should also be checked on the interiors. Make sure that all preexisting damages are recorded to protect you from unjust charges later. If you do not like how the car smells, maybe because it was used by smoking customers, you can always ask for a non-smoking rental.
Car stereo – The DVD player, cassette player or radio should be operated beforehand to confirm that the system is in good working order. Long journeys can be boring and some entertainment can keep you excited.