Car rental tips Malibu

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Malibu is a popular destination for family vacations and romantic getaways. While in Malibu, renting a car can give you a certain amount of flexibility and is surely the most feasible travel option for those on a vacation or a business trip. Car rental/hire agencies are predominantly located near airports or busy city areas and are often complemented by a website where you can make online reservations. A typical car rental agency offers average-priced cars; however some may offer ultra high end models like Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Ferrari, and even Rolls Royce. These are not usually sought after by an average traveler looking for a car to rent, but they do have a demand of their own.

Some car rental companies require the vehicle driver to be of a minimum age and this, in some cases might be as high as 25. A current driver's license is required in order to rent a vehicle from any agency. Most of the car rental companies insist on the use of a credit card to make it easier for them to trace a person or to charge additional fees in case any damage done to the vehicle. Make sure that you read all such terms and conditions of the agency in Malibu from where you wish to hire a car. Choose carefully the kind of vehicle you want to hire. This will depend on the number of people you are travelling with, the amount of luggage/gear you are carrying and of course your budget. Check whether the company offers any extras you might need like global positioning satellite (GPS) navigation systems, entertainment systems, and mobile phones. Also decide whether you want the vehicle to have a manual or automatic transmission.

The rate that the agency advertises in big print is not what you will be finally paying. By the time all the extra charges like the sales taxes, airport surcharges, insurance, licensing fees etc are added; your bill might take on an extra 25-30% over the base charges. So find out about all these costs before making the reservation of a car based on its satisfactory base price alone. Before you pay for the extra insurance, check if your regular car insurance covers you in a rental car. The rental price quoted to you is applicable only at that moment; it might vary if you don't book immediately. Research well to ensure that you make a good deal. The rate also depends on the number of vehicles the agency has on the lot at the time of rental, so booking well in advance is always preferable. Booking online is also cheaper than at the desk.

Before taking the car from the rental agency, inspect it carefully and familiarize yourself with the operation of the headlights, windshield wipers, turn signal, air conditioning/heat controls, radio etc; also check if they are in a good condition. Check out the fuel latch and the emergency brake. After you are thoroughly satisfied with the car, drive away and start your memorable vacation in Malibu.