So we are booking our third trip to Florida for May 2014, and this time we plan on hiring a car, which I have never done before. I have read far too many horror stories on here to allow myself to just "book and pray" so I was hoping your collective knowledge would be able to guide me.
I am 24, and will be when hiring the car, so I know I would need to pay the $25 per day surcharge, and that's fine, but I am looking for answers to the below questions, if you didn't mind, and please share any tips you have, such as pay for extra charges when you arrive with a credit card so you can dispute them when you get home if needed.
- Do I pay the young driver surcharge, and any other charges in the UK, or on arrival? I have heard both have their pros and cons, such as it's cheaper in the UK, but the US will try and charge you extra anyway.
- This will be my first time driving on foreign soil, so what sort of insurances and extras should I add to my booking to make sure I am not left out of pocket or in trouble should I have an accident or problem?
- What should I avoid? I'm easily upsold, but I know to avoid being upgraded as that can nullify any previously paid for insurance and contract.
- Is a GPS essential?
- Should I collect the car at the Airport if possible (Sanford International) or should I take a transfer to International Drive and collect the car there to avoid the toll booths?
Again, any tips you have, or any previous experiences from people who were in my shoes are more that welcome. I don't want something as trivial as car hire to ruin what should be an unforgettable holiday.
Thanks guys :)