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Tips to Rent Cars Cheaply

Road trips are so much fun, especially in a country like South Africa that has such a diverse landscape. Many people travel to South Africa not just to experience the eclectic mix of its varied cultures but also its scenic beauty. However, this road trip doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.

If you are looking for cheap car hire in Johannesburg South Africa, this article will help you finding the best deal, suitable for your requirements and budget.


The first step in finding a cheap car rental is to look not in one place but many places. People often believe that booking through the cheapest place means poor quality. After all, you get what you pay for. However, there are many companies that will offer you unbelievable deals just to attract new business. This is especially true in lean season and you may actually find quality car rentals at a steal.

Define your needs before you book the car. If you are just a single traveller or sharing it with one more traveller, you can look for options that offer the highest fuel economy. Bigger cars may be swankier and fun to drive but they are also an expensive option because of lower mileage and higher rental.

If your trip dates can be flexible and it is largely going to be a road trip, then it will be a good idea to plan when the season is low. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of car rentals and one of them is when you are booking as in the day of the week and where do you want to pickup the car from. Add the type of car to this mix and you can get a fair idea of the pricing.

Additionally, it is important to note that if you are renting your car from a tourist destination, it is likely to cost you more. By carefully planning your days and date of travel, you can easily avoid the season rates.

Car rental agencies at the airport always tend to charge higher prices. You can, however, book from a neighbouring location and pay much less price for the car rental.

Use the power of internet to do some research. Sometimes companies offer discounts to encourage online bookings. Check if there are any offers available on your travel dates that you can use. But do remember that the prepaid cars may be cheaper but they are also very inflexible. In case you want to cancel your booking at a later date due to some reason, you will be unable to do so, unless you are prepared to lose most of your payment.

Always put your car rental on a credit card that offers you insurance benefits. Most travel cards will have the provision to cover for your car rentals. Be sure to check that before you book.

These are just some of the tips that will make significant difference to your car rental charges. Use these in combination of your frequent flyer points or ongoing deals and you may just be able to get the best car rental option available.