Tips for Renting a Car in Miami

Jul 26, 2016 • Travel

Miami is one of those cities without a great public transport system- meaning if you want to stay there and actually get out and see the sights (maybe even take a trip to Orlando to visit the theme parks or go down to Key West to see the sunset) you’ll need to hire a car.

While many people are convinced that renting a car can be both expensive and a hassle, it can actually work out much cheaper than relying on public transport, taxis or even Uber, and you’ll have a much more relaxing vacation with the freedom to go wherever you please, whenever you want.

If you’re planning to take a trip to Miami at some stage this year, be sure to check out Miles Car Rental to get a great deal along with great service to ensure you have the best vacation possible.

Here are some tips for renting a car in Miami:

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Choose carefully

It’s a good idea to spend some time thinking carefully about the type of vehicle you and/or your family will need. If you’re travelling with kids or a lot of luggage, you may want to choose an SUV or large sedan, while those travelling by themselves or with a friend or significant other may choose something mid-sized, and someone hoping to save as much money as possible on both gas and rental rates will be looking for the smallest car available.

While size is important, there are also many other things to consider. Maybe you’re looking for something that’s a little more environmentally friendly or you can’t drive a stick so you need an automatic. Be sure to work this out before you make your booking.

Understand the process

Be sure to read the terms and conditions before you confirm your reservation or sign on the dotted line. Ask if there are any restrictions with the vehicle, what happens if you drop the vehicle back a little late (say you get caught in traffic or miss your alarm) or if there’s a fee for having more than one driver. Make sure you get your confirmation number when you book as well, so it’s easy for them to find you when you want to pick the car up.

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Make sure you’re covered

It’s important that you have insurance for the car, because otherwise if you have an accident you’ll be completely responsible for the damage to the rental car (and sometimes for the other party’s car as well). Check if your credit card covers you for rental car insurance, and if so, what the excess is. Make sure you understand the policy and know if you have any restrictions. If in doubt the car rental company will have insurance that you can buy when you rent the car or on the day you pick it up.

Before you leave the agency, check for any damage, make sure all of your lights are working and see how much gas is in the tank.

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