Do You Make These Car Rental Mistakes?

There is a saying that mistakes are common to every human being but sometimes when one makes the same mistake over and over it becomes a habit and we could not like the traveler makes the following mistakes in car rental world a habit as the traveler reads this article he/she should take note of everything so that for the next car rental they are perfectly amended.

Forget to inspect the car’s condition

When the rental car is delivered to the renter, he/she should check it thoroughly for the dents, scratches and other mechanical faults that may be on it. However some people forget to check the condition of the vehicle and car hire companies blame them for the damages that already existed before the client took up the car of which the client ends up paying unnecessary bills. It is recommendable to check the vehicle with the delivery guy and also take photos of the car before traversing to the destinations.

Don’t read the terms and conditions of the car rental agreement carefully

This is a very common mistake among very many car renters in Uganda as they do not read the terms and conditions carefully at which they are renting a car. They tend to be very anxious and excited on booking a rental car and forget to read the clauses in the agreement. Car rental agreement clauses are very tricky when violated they can lead to the renter paying lots of money. Some of the tricky clauses are fuel refill, early return, and unlimited mileage. So the renter has to be careful as he/she is given this whitepaper, please read and understand each and every term and condition in the car rental agreement.

Don’t clean up the rental car after using it

Car renters tend to leave vehicles dirty after using them but this is not a good gesture. So it is recommendable to get back the rental car as clean as you can. Remember when driving a rental car in Uganda, one has to drive on marram roads that are dusty and sometimes when eating the renter may leave the leftover snacks, fries and bottles in the car so may sure after the expedition take it to the washing bay to clean it up.

Don’t use the Internet to look for best deals

Some people do not use the internet to search for car rental services, all they do is go to a colleague only or just land a random car rental company on the streets then hire a vehicle. This is a very dangerous act as sometimes it may not be your lucky day and you land on a very incompetent company that will ruin your car rental experience as they may charge you highly and or at times offer to you very substandard services. There are very many car rental companies that are found the internet that have very good services at affordable prices and on the internet you have a wide range of choices to get from.

In addition to the above, one should also not over rely on the internet as you have to take an extra mile and get offline to look for the car rental services. This can be done by asking a colleague that has ever traveled to the destination one is traveling to and also get to the streets and look for one or get to popular travel magazines and look for one. One has also to contact them through telephone as this may build a good rapport between the renter and the car rental company thus getting the car hire services at a relatively lower price.


Online customer reviews- smart way to select the best car rental company

When planning to take a road trip or self drive tour, you must ensure that you rent the best car to fulfill the needs because all you need on this trip is to have fun and a comfortable experience on the road. There are many car rental companies in Uganda offering such services but you have to take it slow to select a company for car hire in Uganda. First look at the reputation of the company and this can only be done by finding out what other customers say about the company you are trying to hire a car from. These customer reviews are found online on travel portals of the company and also from universal travel forums and one can also ask from colleagues who have traveled to the place he/she intends to go to.

Online Customer Reviews give you an insight of what the car rental companies can offer to its customers are they normally talk about the experience they get while using the company’s services.

  1. How to search best car Rental Company in Uganda based on the online customer reviews
  2. Read the careful what the customers say about the services that are offered to them by the company
  3.  Scrutinize the companies that have are talked about providing good customer services
  4.  Compare and contrast the tariff/price plans at which the companies offer their car rental services
  5.  In most cases, competent companies offer quality services at competitive rates.

Besides the customer reviews there is also some important information you have to put into account when select the best car rental company.

Look at how safety is observed by the car rental companies

When one is taking a self drive in Uganda, there are always challenges that he/she might face that can lead to accidents and the damages of the car and on top of that while driving for long distances sometimes cars breakdown.

So you have to look through companies that give the best cover for their clients in case of any unforeseeable problem. This can always keep you safe on the road.

How to select a self drive car in Uganda

  • First of all look at how many people are you going to travel with then select a car. Car rental companies in Uganda have a wide range of cars that is compact car for few people, SUVs for moderate number of people and normally for safari tours, vans for the family and coasters for the large number of people. So choose a car according to the number of people.
  • Look at the area you are traveling to and also the purpose of the travel. Different cars serve different purposes like a safari and some SUVs are meant for wildlife safari, compact cars are meant for city tours and the vans are meant for family vacations.
  • Look at the rates at which the various vehicles are being offered and also the fuel consumption. Smaller vehicles normally come with smaller charges and have a low fuel consumption rate. So it is better to select a car that fits in your budget.

Online customer review normally portrays what kind of services the car rental companies offer to their customer so you put them so much into consideration when look for car hire services.

Checklist for Your Next Car Hire in Uganda

When you are hiring a car in Uganda, there are things that you need to have, to do and to acquire before enjoying the services of car hiring
There are things you have to put on your checklist for car hire and these are as below.

Do not forget your credit card
It is mandatory for anyone intending to car hire in uganda to walk with a credit card. This regarded as the backup in case of any damages caused by you while traveling that is not insured. The car agent holds some money on the credit card that can cover for the damages when they do occur. If everything goes well the money is not deducted from the credit card. In simple terms the credit card acts as the security deposit.

Carry your driving license.
Everywhere you go hiring a car to drive around any destination, they will always ask you a driving permit and this is the only proof that you can legally drive a car on your own. This driving license must be valid and in case it is in the language the car rental company does not understand you are requested for an international driving license or translated one may be needed.

Identification document is also needed
This must be in form of valid national identity card or a passport of your country. This is to reflect who you are and where you come from. This makes the car provider to know that his/her car is in safe hands since they can easily track you in case of theft.
The above are the items on the checklist of the car rental company you are supposed to deliver to them
For the client’s case you have to make sure these below are all checked

Insurance should be available. The car you are hiring must be having comprehensive insurance and every detail of the insurance must be explained to you. This insurance is recommended to cover for the unforeseen problems that make occur when traveling like damages on the car.

Check the car thoroughly before taking it and even take pictures of it. It is advisable for the client to know the condition of the car he/she is taking for the travel so in case of any damage that occurs on the car he/she identify he/she is the one who caused and accounts for it.
Request for extra facilities if need be. Equipment like GPS and baby seats are provided to the clients by the car provider. So if you have are traveling with children ask for a baby seat and if you are traveling to a place you do not well then ask for the GPS that helps you in navigation as they are very many routes to take while driving in Uganda.
With the above you will have a good go for the car hire services.