Automated Terminals are a great time saver when you need to quickly drop off
your rental car. However, you may have to be a returning customer to take
advantage of this service. These terminals operate in a similar fashion as
automated bank machines. With these kiosks, you can pay your fees and receive a
receipt without dealing with a sales representative.
Express Pickup allows you to pick up your car without checking in with a
representative. This service might be convenient if you are a frequent renter.
The service costs, on average, about $50 per year.
The Express Return is usually a drop-off box for the car keys, or a
representative waiting for you in the parking lot. This convenient service will
save you time if you are in a hurry.
As forementioned, some car rental agencies will provide drop-off boxes to return
keys and rental forms. A receipt is usually mailed the next business day.
Most car rental agencies will have a database storing rental user information.
Personal Profiles usually include renter information, credit card numbers and
car preferences. These databases make renting easier for you when you are
reusing the same agency.
Valet Service is an alternative to airport shuttles or taxis. This is perfect
for you if you are planning to go directly to the airport after dropping off
your rental car. Agencies that offer valet service will send an employee who
will drive with you from the car rental lot, and then drop you off at the
airport. The cost for this service will vary, but it is usually around $5 to $15
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
A Collision Damage Waiver can also be referred to as a “loss damage waiver”. It
is basically a form of optional insurance that completely releases (some CDW's
will have a per incident deductible) all responsibility from you, in the case of
damage to the car. Around an extra $15 per day, a CDW can be rather expensive.
Liability Coverage is a form of insurance that protects you and/or the rental
agency from lawsuits involving an injured party in an accident.
Personal Accident Insurance
Personal Accident Insurance is another type of insurance that will protect you
against most medical bills. PAI does have a tendency to be more expensive than
standard accident insurance.
Personal Effects Insurance
Personal Effects Insurance will protect you against any damage to your personal
property. PEI is normally more expensive than other property insurance, and is