In my post on 3 Tips for a Budget Holiday Road Trip, I wrote that rented cars are most economical for road trips. Here are five reasons why:
1. No (to low) maintenance cost.
Long distance driving causes a lot of wear-and-tear to the car parts (tires, brakes etc.), and maintaining these parts can be costly. Bringing private cars on the road simply just wear your car out faster, requiring more frequent servicing. It also adds to your disadvantage on the mileage when it comes to reselling your car. Driving rented cars can save you a lot of trouble and money.
2. No more fretting over car breakdowns or car loss.
The worst thing that can happen on a road trip is to have the car break down or even stolen! Your entire schedule can be put way off because you have to contact for help or lodge a police report. Then you have to worry about getting your car fixed so you can continue on your journey and finally drive it back home, or in the car lost case – make other arrangements to return home (and get a new car). The solution is much simpler if you rented a car instead. Just ring up your rental company – they will bring you a new car.
3. Personal traveling time and schedule.
With rented cars, you don’t have to worry about missing your flights anymore. You can even make last-minute changes to your destination with no additional charges or fear of no available plane tickets. Start and stop your journey anytime and anywhere you want, and enjoy the extra privacy fun (loud music, sing along, chatters etc.) on the way.
4. Great for larger groups or family outings especially with kids.
Sometimes the car that you drive everyday to work is not the car that you should drive on a road trip. Say if you are taking your kids on a camping trip, you will need a car that can carry all your camping equipment. You probably won’t want to bring your favorite car to the muddy grounds either. Whether it’s for camping or sightseeing, renting a car offers the flexibility to get the right type of car for the right occasion. Plus, being able to personalize your traveling time and schedule makes travelling in larger groups easier and more comfortable.
5. Enjoy the luxury of driving new cars without actual investments.
For those of us who just love cars and driving, wouldn’t it be fun to drive in a different car every once in a while? It’s a holiday after all, so enjoy it – not endure.