Tips for a First-Time Car Renter

The UAE is well-known for its advanced public transport system, which makes traveling convenient and hassle-free. Their busiest Emirate, Dubai, has a metro and tram network operational. But even with all these modern transportation options, driving a private vehicle can offer more benefits to first-time visitors. If you plan on visiting the UAE and eventually drive around the cities, your priority should be to rent a car. It gives you flexibility and allows you to save time.

When it comes to short- and long-term car rental in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and other Emirates have a very competitive market. Follow these tips to get the most from your car rental:

Pick the right car. It helps to list down what you need from your rental beforehand – storage, space, budget, comfort, transmission system, mileage, etc. Choose a type and size that would meet your requirements. If you’re traveling alone or with a partner, a compact car will suffice. If it’s a family trip, you might need a larger vehicle, such as an SUV or van. If it’s your first time in the UAE, you might want to rent a car with a navigation system. More so, if you have plans of driving across the dunes, you would want a sturdy 4×4.

Prepare documents. Whether you’re going to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Al Ain car rental companies will require IDs and permits. Residents have to produce copies of their visa, valid UAE driving license, Emirates ID, and passport. Tourists need to submit their original passport, visit visa, international driving permit, and home country driving license. Renters from one of the GCC, US, Australia, and Europe can drive with their home country license as long as they have a valid tourist visa.

Rental conditions. It’s important to understand a company’s rental terms before booking with them. Go over topics like security deposit, license requirements, type of CWD, fuel policy, geographical limitations, maximum mileage, penalties, and optional extras such as border exits, toll transponders, etc. Being familiar with the policies will make your trip less stressful.

Inspect before signing. Before signing the agreement, make sure to evaluate the conditions of the rental. Check any pre-existing damage and bring it to the attention of the staff. Take photos and ensure that it is included in the paperwork. If there are major damages, it would be better to insist on another vehicle. Please familiarize yourself with its steering, brakes, seats, and wipers, by driving it around the block a few times.

Keep contact numbers. You’ll never know what you’ll encounter when traversing unfamiliar roads and highways. Thus, list down at least three staff’s contact details from the car rental service before leaving the vicinity. Call the numbers to ensure that the lines are active.

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