Get ready to be spoiled for choice when you decide to rent a car in Dubai. There is a wide array of vehicles from a whole variety of brands popular around the world. You can choose from luxury cars to economic ones, according to your requirements and stay duration. The cost-effective plans on offer by car rental agencies even make it cheaper for residents of UAE to lease cars as compared to owning them. However, it's necessary to conduct some pre-checks to ensure that you don't end up paying for more than what you bargained. So, once you choose your car, here are a few pointers to bear in mind before you pick it up.
Inspect the Vehicle
The vehicle should be scrutinized from both the inside and outside. If you find any scratches take pictures of them to note that they existed before you hired the car. It will help you avoid paying any unnecessary fines for damages and scratches that you didn't cause. It's also necessary to check with the rental agency about when was the last time the car was tested for safety. Also, check the engine, wheels, and if the vehicle has been maintained regularly.
Documentation & Support
The vehicle must possess all the essential documentation (Registration and insurance) that will be required by the Dubai transport authorities. You should also check what after-sales service and maintenance facilities the rental agency provides. It would be best if you asked them for the details of different ways to contact them in case you need their help or support while using their vehicle.
Be Cool, Stay Cool!
While this may seem like a no-brainer, you must check if the AC in the car is working. You will need an AC while driving under the hot sun, as it will ruin your entire experience if it's not in working condition. So apart from the other essential accessories, you got to make sure that the AC will be working fine to keep you cool and fresh.
Map Out Your Costs
Do you have a trip planned out? Most car rental agencies have set reasonable daily mileage limits on the cars they give out on rent. In crossing these thresholds will result in extra costs being incurred. You can easily avoid it by planning your daily trips to make sure you don't end up paying extra. At the same time, you have to remember that rental cars are only for transport purposes and avoid getting tempted to try the desert safari with them.
Before you drive off in your rented car, it would be wise to check with the rental agency about how they expect the vehicle to be returned to them. Some expect the vehicle to be dropped off at one of their offices, while others arrange for it to be picked up from any location that you specify. They will also carry out some checks on the car before they return the safety deposit. It would be a good idea to know what exactly they will have a look at to gauge the car's condition.