Car Hire Tips

Hiring a car can sometimes turn into a nightmare, the thing that really sends the stress balance of a trip abroad tipping towards the danger zone. However, it need not be stressful or difficult and following a few simple steps can help keep any car hire process simple and straightforward.
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One issue which often leads to confusion is when a provider offers a car type “or similar.” Many customers ignore the “or similar” phrase and feel angry when the car that they thought they would be driving does not materialise. Someone hiring a car needs to be aware that any vehicles used in promotional materials are there to illustrate a point and the specific type of vehicle shown may not be the one which is actually delivered to the customer.

A customer should check the exact terms of the service agreement in order to establish precisely what they are paying for in terms of fuel. The car may not have a full tank of fuel on collection and this needs to be established as soon as possible. Keeping the hire company`s contact details to hand all the time during the period when the car is being used is also a good idea. If things do go wrong, it pays to be able to speak to people who can put them right as quickly as a possible.
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Insurance also needs to be checked and its precise terms established. There should also be a discussion with the provider about what the terms of the excess are. Even if a customer has paid extra and reduced the excess to zero, they may still be liable for damage to some parts of the car, like window wipers. If the car is going to be travelling off road at all this is particularly important.

Before driving the car away, the person hiring it should also check for any damage which is already in place. No one wants to be held liable for damage which was not due to them and listing any features which are damaged while still with the service provider should eliminate doubt and dispute later on.
Checking where the car needs to be returned to when finished with is also crucial. It does not necessarily follow that the car will be returned to the same place that it was picked up from. Checking this, along with other factors such as the precise deadlines for return, will lessen the chances of extra charges and other complications.
Travelers need to find car hire providers who are reliable and above board in their dealings. A well-known company with an easily checked reputation is best; a local company may offer cheap deals but rectifying issues may be more difficult. Planning and preparing carefully will eliminate much of the stress that can be involved.

Drive Your Way Through the Heart and Soul of India

By far the best and most rewarding way to see the country in India is to hire a car and driver and set off on a mesmerising journey of discovery.

You encounter small, sometimes non-descript, but most times uniquely picturesque villages that seem to have been forgotten by time in its mad race towards modernity. The villages can seem at times to be extremely primitive.  But don’t be decieved. The people are humble, simple, warm-hearted and welcoming; but by no means naive. They are hospitable and ever ready to welcome a visitor. 

Once within the confines of the village, you get to see a simple, self-sufficient way of life that is more or less largely forgotten in the more advanced countries like Europe and America.  This simple, charming life-style is extremely attractive to most overseas’ visitors as they rediscover a less complicated way of life that seems to have all but disappeared in their own countries.  It’s time to sit back and savour the simpler pleasures of life that they have no time for back home.

Away from the breakneck hustle and bustle of the city, you also get to see the true face of the real India.

You get to enjoy the sight of tiny little boys happily herding a bunch of buffaloes to the local village pond so that the animals can enjoy the luxury of a cool and refreshing dip.  But, the barely contained excitement of the lively boys betray who is most likely to be enjoying this outing more.

At around midday, the community seems to head on over to the main village water tank for their day’s ritual bath after the morning’s chores are over.  Of course, there are segregated areas for the women folk and children in deference to their need for privacy.

As you continue with your road journey, the numerous little towns and villages will also throw up a zillion reasons to stop for photographs and more.  It could be an ancient monument at one stop that will take you back centuries. Or it could be a colourful “mela” or village fete further down the road.  It’s as if the circus has come to town!  You are likely to see old fashioned jugglers and minstrels and snake-charmers weaving their way in and out of the happy crowds and the numerous other vendors and sellers of old-world wares and services.  Further along you get to see crowds of happy and boisterous school kids catapulted out of their classrooms like jubilant prisoners just let loose from the local jail!

We encourage you to discover the true India.  The vivid collage of colourful vignettes that you will carry back will light up your life for years to come. 

A road trip in a modern and comfortable car of your choice with a well-mannered, soft-spoken, knowledgeable driver who is eager to please, can come for a surprisingly small price as compared to most other countries in Europe or North America.

You could plan your own trip and set your own pace to suit your budget, your needs, your interests and the time available to you.

To start with, you could browse the list of road trip otptions that we have displayed on our India Car Rentals page.  You may “mix-and-match” or even add-on places not listed there-in.  We shall be happy to give you a very reasonable price.

Once decided, we can then see you off with a cries of “Happy Touring” and “Namaste!”