Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire Ultimate Guide to Rental Cars: Tips, Tricks, and Insider Secrets

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on rental cars from a rental car company perspective! Whether you’re planning a vacation, need a temporary replacement vehicle, or simply want to explore the freedom of driving different cars, renting can be a fantastic solution. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of rental cars, providing you with valuable tips, tricks, and insider secrets to make the most of your rental experience. So, fasten your seatbelts, and let’s hit the road with Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire our tips and trick in the South African car rental market.

Choosing the Right Rental Car

Understanding Different Car Rental Categories

From economy to luxury, SUVs to convertibles, learn about the various car categories available and their unique features. Make sure you choose a vehicle with the correct number of seats, enough boot space for your bags and enough ground clearance for the route you plan to take. If luxury is important, most rental cars are stock standard so be sure to choose a higher specification vehicle to suit your needs to include extra safety and audio/visual features. See Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire vehicle page for all the specifications of our vehicles.

Assessing your rental product needs

Insurance and free kilometres included: Consider the insurance you wish to take out for your rental, depending on your risk tolerance if damage or theft would occur to your rental car. Consider the distance you will be travelling to ensure you have enough free kilometres and do not overpay on additional driven kilometres. See Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire Option cover to choose the correct insurance and mileage product to cover your rental needs. 

Assessing your rental optional extras/accessories

Make sure you take a Garmin or Wi-Fi dongle if you are travelling unknown roads or have limited access to cellular reception. Consider taking roof racks, luggage racks and bicycle racks for your sporting equipment. Finally, make sure you have the best quality baby seats for when travelling with your family on board. Checkout Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire Optional Accessories

Booking Your Rental Car

Comparing Rental Companies

Exploring different rental companies doesn’t always give you a straightforward answer. Most people will tell you to check out their reputation, pricing, and customer reviews. Most renters will book a rental car at the price they see online, often leading to a negative experience once hit with all the hidden changes. Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire recommend that renting cars should be looked at from a different perspective, choose an affordable option that offers a different service (Such as our meeting and greet), choose a rental company that is innovative (Such as our paperless checkout), choose a family valued business (To get a personalized rental experience). Choose Kenings we appreciate your support, book now with Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire.

Timing Is Key

Tourism is an extremely seasonal business, which means demand and supply have huge variances. Hotel, Airline and Rental Car companies are getting more focused on yielding to an ever-increasing market. There our recommendation is to book early and go after off-peak seasons and weekdays, to secure the most competitive rates. Choose Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire, we try our best to be the most affordable rental car company across Southern Africa.

Navigating the Rental Process

Requirements and Required Documents

Different rental car companies have different requirements and go to different lengths in the documentation required to rent a vehicle. Some essential documentation includes an ID/Passport, a Valid Driver’s License, a Valid Credit Card, and Insurance information. Some even perform background checks.  At Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire, we have an online check-in to speed up your rental process and make it the most enjoyable rental car experience.



Rental Agreements and Terms and Conditions 

Make sure you familiarize yourself with the terms and conditions of the rental car company you decide to book with. Check your rental agreement before you leave the counter to be aware of any hidden agendas and be clear of mileage limits, fuel policy, and potential penalties.

Inspecting the Vehicle

Many car rental companies hand over the keys and provide you with a completed inspection sheet and hit you with damage charges on your return which are not related to your rental. Conduct a thorough inspection of the rental car, noting any pre-existing damages to protect yourself from potential disputes. At Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire, our rental agents assist you in inspecting your vehicle by completing a paperless checkout with images and personal assistance to answer any questions you may have before departing with the vehicle.

Making the Most of Your Rental

Fuel-Saving Techniques

During your trip use practical driving techniques to optimize fuel efficiency during your rental period, saving you money at the pump. Return your rental car full to avoid any exuberant fuel charges.

Road Trip Essentials

Prepare for your adventure with a checklist of road trip essentials, including navigation tools, snacks, and entertainment options.

Local Traffic Rules and Regulations

Research the driving laws and regulations of your destination to ensure a smooth and hassle-free driving experience.

Why Choose Kenings

Renting cars from Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire not only gives you reliable vehicles at affordable prices but also gives you an experience of a family-run business, which your major corporate rental companies cannot match. Kenings Car Van and Truck Hire also offer a paperless rental checkout procedure and a meet-and-greet experience, taking you directly to your car. Give us a chance and we will give you our very best rental car rental experience.

Therefore, Rental Cars can be an excellent way to enhance your travel experience or meet your temporary transportation needs. By following the tips, tricks, and insider secrets we’ve shared in this comprehensive guide, you’ll be well-prepared to make informed decisions and get the most out of your rental car experience. Happy Driving!


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