Choose a reliable rental car

June 13, 2014

erin_doan_agency 031514Good Neighbor Tips. A blog by Erin Doan State Farm Insurance Agency.

Price is an important factor when choosing a rental car, but it’s not the only one. Also consider the following to find a vehicle that will keep you safer as you travel.

Check the Safety Ratings

Before committing to a car, request the specific make and model information and research it. Find safety ratings online from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Select the Right Size

How many people are traveling with you, and do you need a significant amount of luggage room? You’ll want to have enough space to see clearly out of each window and to keep passengers comfortable. Remember, middle seats are often small for adults but typically fine for children. If you need room for more than four adults, pick a vehicle with a third row.

Request Additional Accessories

Many rental companies offer add-ons such as child safety seats, GPS systems, disability products, roadside assistance and electronic toll payment devices. Because these extras can be pricey, pack your own if you have them. You might also consider requesting a vehicle with electronic access for added convenience.

Inspect Your Car

Give the car a once-over before driving off. Don’t miss checking these essentials:

Tire pressure and condition


Seat belts


Climate control (if you’re travelling in extreme cold or heat)

Windshield wiper condition and wiper fluid level

Also double-check that the car is equipped with important safety features, and verify that the add-ons you agreed to are accounted for and functioning appropriately.

Make Sure You’re Protected

Car companies typically offer the option to purchase rental insurance, but your personal auto policy may cover it. Determine whether your situation merits additional coverage.


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