Once you add together bringing your own car, renting a car, gas, food for during a non-stop road trip, plane tickets, metro tickets, taxis, and everything else, it almost seems like this category is never-ending.
Before you go on your next vacation, you might think about whether or not you want to rent a car. Below are some of the different areas you might want to think about:
Is your car reliable?
If your car usually breaks down or starts acting funny after just 20 miles of being driven, then it may not be your best bet to bring on a far away vacation.
If you are going on a long road trip, then you might want to think about renting a car if your car is not reliable enough.
If you are flying somewhere, such as an island, and you want to see the island, then you might want to look into renting a car as well. I once traveled to a small island with a horrible taxi system, so we rented a car to save a lot of time.
Are there any maintenance costs you can avoid by renting?
If you are going on a long trip, then there are certain costs that may put you over the edge and force you to pay for extra maintenance. For example, if you go 5,000 miles, you might need one or almost two oil changes. That may be an extra $100 or $200 for the trip.
Also, tires. If you go on a 10,000 mile trip, then you will probably be maybe half way or a fourth of the way to needing new tires. That could be a few extra dollars right there as well.
How is the gas mileage on the car you own?
One of our cars gets 15 miles to the gallon. Going any distance in that car can add up very quickly. Renting a car that gets something like 40 miles to the gallon can actually save us a decent amount of money when on a trip and it may actually completely make up for the cost of renting a car. Plus, if you rent a car in this situation, you can avoid putting miles on your car own as well.
How much time do you have?
Before you decide whether or not you will rent a car, you should think about how much time you have and if it’s even possible.
For example, if you only have 4 days for your vacation but your vacation destination is 2,000 miles away, then it may not be very realistic for you to bring your car and also enjoy the actual vacation destination.
Do you usually rent a car when you go on vacations?
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