Is car rental your road trip solution?

If you plan to hit the road this summer, car rental can be the answer to your prayers!...

If you plan to hit the road this summer, car rental can be the answer to your prayers! Renting a car can save you money on gas and maintenance and help you avoid the stress of roadside emergencies. Choose a vehicle that fits your vacation plans! Here's how car rental can help you.

More convenience

When you load up your own car for a road trip, you don't have much flexibility. All you have to work with is your car, and its seating, cargo space and gas mileage may not be the best fit for every kind of road trip. A car rental lets you pick exactly what you need for your trip. For example, if you're traveling with a few friends or a lot of gear, you may want to rent an SUV or van with more cargo space and passenger seating. If you plan to travel light, on the other hand, renting a smaller car with better gas mileage may save you money in the long run.

Rental cars can also come with amenities like satellite radio or on-board navigation. You might not be willing to pay for these luxuries when you are driving around Atlanta, but they can be worthwhile investments on a long trip. On lonely stretches of road when the FM band is nothing but static, satellite radio is a great way to keep drivers awake, keep kids entertained and avoid another rendition of "The Song that Doesn't End." Check with a local rental company for availability and pricing.

Less stress

Your car is a long-term investment, so you want to limit wear and maintain it well. The rental company will probably only keep a car for a number of months or until it reaches a mileage limit; at that point, they will sell it. Wear and mileage are less pressing concerns for the rental company, so you can pay them a relatively small fee to put those miles on their car instead of your own. Opt for a car rental with unlimited mileage. Since you're not wearing out your tires, putting miles toward your next oil change, or adding miles to your car's odometer, you're saving money on car maintenance.

Because rental companies keep only newer cars in their fleets, these vehicles are generally very reliable. Especially if your own car is older and starting to develop a few quirks, renting a newer and more reliable car for that cross-country road trip may be a smart decision. Most car rental agreements also include a roadside assistance service, so that if the car does break down, you get a flat tire or you run out of gas, help is a phone call away. The best part is that the rental company, not you, will pay the cost of the tow, the repair or the new tire. Handling emergencies is their job. Your job is to relax and enjoy the road trip!

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