Being a foreigner or a vacationer in another country often means you will pay more for less, especially when it comes to car rental. This is why it is extremely important to do your research beforehand, as even locals often struggle with finding good car rentals companies in any country. Moreover, St Maarten is a beautiful island and one of the most visited Caribbean countries, as such you will need to plan ahead if you want to enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. SXM Vacances has provided some tips on how to get the best deals and well-maintained newer cars below for those of you who plan to use a car rental on your next visit to St Maarten.
Use a well-known company
Using a little known company is a recipe for disaster as there is little information on their standards, services and how they deal with consumer complaints. It becomes a guessing job in order to determine which car rental company to go with in this instance. This does not mean that are no good little car rental companies, just that it is extremely hard to distinguish the good from the bad as there is little to no information on them available.
Rent with a company that has high reviews/ranking
Go with companies that have high reviews and ranking in the car rental industry. This shows that they have a proven track record of providing good cars and customer service. Here you can read about the experiences of the other customers and how their complaints (if any) were addressed.
It is important to book early as all the good companies have most of their vehicles booked ahead of time. Moreover, if you are looking for a more affordable car, you are unlikely to find any left if you do not book ahead of time. As a result, you might be stuck with either the expensive options or less reputable companies.
A company with more than a few options and Services
A company that offers more than a few options will most likely have a contract with a maintenance company or hire a group of in-house mechanics to maintain their cars. This is because it is more economical to hire in-house mechanics or have an established maintenance contract with another company when there are more cars to be maintained. This ensures the standards and quality of cars rented remains high as a smaller company may put off maintenance due to a reluctance to spend any of the money received. This leads to multiple breakdowns for the customer and a ruined trip.
Rent with companies that offer cars that come with Free GPS
With a free GPS, you are less likely to get lost or stuck in an unknown location. This will enable you to enjoy your vacation a lot more, plus it shows that the company is not entirely focused on the monetary aspect (it is a business after all). Here, the company is taking into account that you are new to the country and will most likely be lost without a guide of some kind. Although this cannot be compared to a local tour guide, it is nice to have a directional aide of some kind.
Remember, the first and most important rule in planning your trip is to plan early and book early. This way you will be able to enjoy your trip at a much more affordable rate, as the earlier, you book the more likely you are to enjoy a cheaper vacation. Book with us Hertz Car rental today and experience the peace of mind all our customers enjoy.