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Car Rental Tips & Tricks

Car rental tips can be very helpful If you are planning to rent a car in Africa. Due to the pandemic, several rental car prices went soaring. But you can still find a deal.

The resurgence of road trips has emerged as one of the most prominent travel trends since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to high demand, the availability of affordable car rentals in Uganda may be limited. As a result, rental prices have skyrocketed, and securing a rental car may be challenging.

Basic Car Rental Tips & Tricks

The good news is you don’t have to blow your entire vacation budget on rental cars. These 10 car rental tips and tricks will help you score a cheap car rental Uganda for your next road trip, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a cross-country odyssey. At Maromi Investments we share some of the basic car rental tips and tricks with our clients.

1. Opt for cheapest car rental

Opting to rent a car at the airport can be convenient for travelers arriving in a new city. However, it may also come with additional charges in the form of airport surcharges, which can significantly increase the overall cost of the cheapest car rental in Uganda. These fees may be a fixed dollar amount or a percentage of the rental cost, sometimes both, and can amount to a three-figure charge depending on the length of your trip. To avoid these fees, consider comparing rental prices between airport and city locations. Be sure to factor in the cost of transportation to and from the rental location if renting away from the airport.

2. Shop around online car rental Uganda

Look at car rental sites like marocarrentals, Kayak, Priceline to compare your options and narrow in on the best deal. Then go directly to the cheap car rental Uganda company’s site. You might find an even steeper discount that way, particularly with “book Now” options. Just keep in mind that cheapest car rental Uganda are paid in advance are typically nonrefundable.

Even after you book car rental Uganda, keep shopping. If you didn’t book a nonrefundable long term car rental, you can cancel your car rental reservation if you find a better price.

3. Turn to cheapest car rental Uganda brands

It’s worth noting that Enterprise, Hertz, and Budget are not the only car rental companies available. Discount brands such as Advantage, Payless, Thrifty, and Dollar Rental are also competing for customers and often offer lower rates than the bigger rental companies.

Our research has found that on any given day, the cheapest rental options available from these discount brands such as Advantage, Dollar, etc. can be at least $5 cheaper than the cheapest premium brand rentals, depending on the city. This difference in cost can add up significantly for longer trips, resulting in substantial savings.

4. Leverage car rental Uganda memberships

Have a Costco membership? Use it to save money on your next rental car. “I find that Maromi Car Rentals Four Wheels consistently beats full-price car rentals on online car rental travel agencies,” Denis Bazalirwa, CEO of THE ICT WEB.

An added bonus: You can often add a driver for free. Memberships are another great money-saving tool by providing discounts for Hertz rentals as well as no underage driver fees for members ages 20 to 24.

5. Opt for economy car rental

Economy class cars are generally the most affordable option for car rentals and are therefore often in high demand. However, as noted by our valued client Katumba Ali, ” It’s essential not to book a vehicle that is too small for your party. While these cars may be cheaper, cramming five people and their luggage into a two-door coupe is far from ideal and could put a damper on your vacation plans.” Be mindful of your party size and luggage requirements to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.

6. Stick to one driver when renting a car

It’s common for rental car companies to charge a daily fee for adding an extra driver to your rental agreement. Typically, Enterprise and National Car Rental charge a fee per day, while Budget and Avis also charge a fee per day, but rates may vary depending on location. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid this fee. For example, Enterprise waives the fee for a spouse or domestic partner, provided both individuals have the same address on their driver’s licenses.

National also waives the fee for spouses, partners, and immediate family members if you enroll in their membership program. Additionally, certain memberships, such as USAA, AARP, AAA, or Costco, offer a free additional driver with select rental car companies, which can be a great way to save money.

7. Use your own car hire Uganda insurance

If you already own a car, your primary insurance policy likely covers you when you rent a car. Alternatively, if you don’t own a car, you can ask your parents to add you as a driver to their insurance policy, which shouldn’t cost extra if you have a good driving record. Many credit cards also offer basic insurance coverage when you use the card to pay for your rental, allowing you to skip purchasing additional coverage from the rental car company and save up to $30 per day. Some credit cards even provide more comprehensive coverage.

However, if you’re renting a car overseas, it’s important to note that you may be required to purchase insurance, even if you have coverage from your primary car insurance policy and/or your credit card. Be sure to factor this into your budget when planning your trip.

8. Forgo the car rental extras

Car rental agents in Uganda often earn commissions for selling customers on the benefits of extras like roadside assistance, satellite radio, WiFi, and GPS navigation. However, you can save money by resisting their sales pitch and only renting the basic car without any add-ons or upgrades that you don’t really need. Keep in mind that some of these extras may also be available on your smartphone, such as GPS navigation and music streaming services, so it’s worth checking what you already have before paying extra for them.

9. Price out car rental prepaid gas

When renting a car, use a website like Shell Petrol to find nearby gas stations and compare current fuel prices with the prepaid price offered by the rental car company. This can help you save money on fuel costs during your trip. Consider how likely it is that you will return the car with an empty tank. If you are on a short day or weekend trip, you may only need to top off your tank before returning the car.

However, on longer trips, you may be able to save a few dollars by returning the car with a near-empty tank. Just be sure to check the rental car company’s policy on fueling up before you return the car to avoid any extra fees.

Following these car rental  tips and tricks can help you save money and have a better experience when renting a car in Uganda.


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