Best Way to Visit Irish Art Galleries, Museums & Studios – Hire A Car
If you are planning a vacation to Belfast and Northern Ireland, then you will need to rent a car. Ireland is truly a stunning place to visit, however, due to the vast space to explore, it is best that you rent a car as oppose to relying on local transport. In this article, we will look at a few tips to help you rent a vehicle and also save money at the same time.
First of all, most people automatically think that they should rent a vehicle from one of the top rental companies such as Hertz, Avis and other large chains. However, it may be better to do some research and find smaller car rental companies. These companies typically charge between 5 – 30% less than the aforementioned large companies.
Next, before you choose a company and begin the process of calling or making an online booking, you should scout for online discounts. All you have to do is type in the name of the car rental company plus the word “discounts” or “coupon” and check out the search results. There is a good chance that you will find a discount code that you can apply when making your booking. The majority of car rental companies also partner with organisations like Costco, AAA, BJ’s etc. So, if you are a member of those organisations, then be sure to check if they have specials with specific rental companies that you can take advantage of. One local company that offers great rates in Belfast Car Hire Services and on our last trip they were friendly and easy to deal with.
Thirdly, when renting a vehicle, you should reserve the car for a little longer than you need it. Meaning, you should add on a day or two to your reservation time but with the intention of returning it, before that time is up. This can actually lower your rate.
Another tip is that you should take the time to actually ask for a lower rate. There is a saying that if you don’t ask, you won’t receive. So, make use of your negotiating skills and stop by the rental counter to see if you can get a discount or at least an upgrade to a better vehicle.
Lastly, if possible, you should try to prepay. In most cases, the prepay rate is much lower than if you pay when you arrive. Priceline and Hotwire usually offer great discounts for people who are willing to prepay as well.
In closing, we have just looked at how you can save money when renting a car in Belfast and Northern Ireland. If you follow the above tips, I am certain that you can save a significant amount of money and use that to enjoy your vacation even more.