Opting for a cheap car rental is one way to save money when traveling, but it’s important to remember the cheaper the car, the less comfortable the ride. Before you decide which class of vehicle to rent, consider making a comparison between a couple of your options. Take the two polar opposites that rental car companies offer: luxury cars and economy cars. Economy is a nicer way to say cheaper, but besides cost, there really are noticeable differences in quality, comfort, features, safety and style. If you think a cheaper car is more than adequate when renting, read this first. Even though you will pay more, you might discover several advantages for shelling out extra money, especially for long road trips.
Before going over the qualities of the cars themselves, the price difference is worthy of mention. Renting a luxury car, you will pay more per day than you would for a cheaper economy car. It’s also advisable that you purchase the highest level of insurance coverage when renting a luxury car. You could held liable for damages to the car if you don’t purchase the damage waiver. With a luxury vehicle, that could end up being a very big bill. To be clear, a luxury vehicle could very well cost you double what you would pay for an economy car. Now on to the complete comparison:
Although there really is no comparison between luxury cars and cheaper rentals, there is arguably a time to rent a cheap rental car. Their biggest advantage is the price you will pay. If you’re renting a car when traveling for business and planning to stay in town, an economy car is a good, thrifty choice. If you’re doing some long distance driving and have a family’s comfort to consider, a luxury car is a better choice.