Renting a car is always a better pick than a purchase. But there are some things you need to keep in mind before you proceed.

To err is human, but not at the cost of your hard-earned money. So, if you are renting a car in Dubai, I have mentioned a few common mistakes, which you must avoid for a memorable ride to Burj Khalifa. And trust me, if you go through it properly, your car renting process will become extremely convenient.

Buying extra insurance

Car Insurance is certainly very important. But the ‘extra’ insurance that calls for extra money, is totally pointless. Like if you already have an auto insurance policy, which gives you total coverage for your rental car, then what’s the purpose of having one more insurance that provides the claim for damage alone? So how do you avoid this mistake? Check your policy beforehand and deny all the extra expenses.

You rent from near the airport

People tend to become lazy and the last-minute rush compels them to rent from a service provider located near the airport. If you decide to rent from a service provider near the airport, you will have to bear the extra surcharges, which can be easily avoided, provided you rent your car from service providers away from the airport.

Not comparing alternatives

Before availing someone’s services, you need to shop around and check out as many service providers as you can. Compare their prices, the features, and the list to churn out your best alternatives. Don’t just blindly get ahead with one service provider. Some charge on time-basis, whereas some charge on the miles you travel. See what suits you and pick the one that works best for you.

Making gas payments in advance

You might find this a bit cheap, but why pay for the gas you will not be using? Let’s be honest, gas is not inexpensive, and it’s certainly not feasible if you pay for the full tank in advance but get back only half full. And believe me, there have been instances like this.

Paying for extra facilities

Sometimes rental companies charge for extra facilities like GPS service, or even child car seat services. But, an added charge for these services makes no sense at all. Avoid these services and replace them with smarter alternatives, like smartphones instead of pre-installed GPS. Wise decisions will take you miles ahead.

Not inspecting

If you think everything will fall in place all by itself, then you need to come out of the daydream. You need to do your own research for every aspect in life, and renting a car is not foreign to this concept either. So, even if you are in a hurry, you cannot afford to not carry out a detailed inspection of the rental vehicle. So, if you are one amongst the ‘laidback lot’, you need to buckle up already. There have been cases in the past where the person had to pay for the damages, he never caused in the first place. So, inspect for dents, tears, scratches and all forms of damage carefully, so that you don’t fall prey to the inordinate acts of some of the rental service provides.

Not being punctual

No one likes people who are late. This point is applicable not only when you are dealing with rental vehicles but in every other form of life. If you are late while returning the vehicle on the stipulated date, you are liable to pay certain fines and charges. Some providers charge you for a whole day if you are late even for 2 hours. And I am sure you don’t want that. Late returns also damage your impression in front of the service provider. In the future, if you would want to rent a vehicle from him again, he would hesitate. You clearly don’t want that. I am not saying that you need to be exactly on time, all the time. You can always afford a half an hour delay. That’s a grace period offered by almost all the service providers.

Car on rent in Dubai will not only save you from the hassle of public transport but will also prevent you from the hefty investments of the purchase. However, these tiny careless mistakes can cost you a lot more than you think. Remember, money saved is money earned. Keep this in mind and avoid the above-mentioned mistakes at all costs.