Renting to Replace a Broken Down Vehicle
If you are renting a car to act as your vehicle until you can purchase a new car, you may also want to consider buying a cheap used car to cover you until you decide what to do. Remember: you can recoup costs by reselling the used vehicle a short time later, but you'll never be able to recoup costs from a rental.
Judging What Vehicle You Require
If you happen to be travelling with groups, rentals may also be a better choice. Groups of 10 or more people will generally require a minibus hire; it simply isn't feasible for most groups to purchase a used minibus. If you are travelling to the United Kingdom, there are some excellent coach brokers available. Book well in advance, and you will likely win great savings.
On the other hand, if you just need a very basic small car to transport your family around, a used car will likely be more affordable. If you require the vehicle for two weeks or fewer, choose to rent.
Moving vans and trucks are always better rented than bought outright, as they are typically only used once or twice.
Additionally, a wide variety of other vehicles can be both rented and purchased:
When You're Ready to Buy
Once you come to a decision on what you need, it's time to seek out a used car dealership that can be trusted. If you'll be financing, be sure to seek out a dealership that is a member of the Independent Dealer Association (IDA). Always ensure that your dealer follows the Consumer Protection Act. Ask plenty of questions, as this will help you to buy the right used vehicle. Also ask if they guarantee the condition of the used vehicle with a warranty.
When You're Ready to Rent
When you're ready to rent a vehicle, you'll need to seek out a rental or hire company that provides the type of vehicle you need. Coach or bus hire companies exist in most countries, so groups should always be able to find a suitable rental. Car, truck, van, or trailer rentals can be found at most vehicle rental shops.
Before you rent your vehicle, verify warranty, insurance, and mileage costs. Most rental companies charge by the kilometre, but this is not exclusively true; some may charge a flat rate per day, week, or month.
Article submitted by John Cooper