If you’re on a business trip out of town that includes traveling to multiple cities and destinations, renting a car as your transportation makes a lot of sense, especially if you’re traveling by air. There are plenty of other situations where renting a car makes sense, too.
Your car is out of commission
If your car is out of commission for an extended amount of time, whether due to an accident or for a needed repair, renting a car as your personal transportation in the interim can make a lot of sense. In the case of an accident, many automobile insurance companies offer policies that can cover some or all of the cost of a car rental while your car is being repaired. If your car is in the shop for a few days or more, renting a car can be a convenient way to get where you need to go until repairs are completed. Ask if your repair shop has a loaner vehicle program before making arrangements to rent, as loaner vehicles may be offered free or cost significantly less than renting a car.
Renting a car for trips or vacations
Planning an extended road trip? Consider renting a car rather than driving your own. If you drive a smaller car, a rental van or SUV may offer you and your passengers more comfort and cargo space. Although renting a car presents an added cost compared to driving the vehicle you already own, you can save money in the long term in the form of reduced mileage and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. For drivers who lease their vehicles, renting a car for a long trip can help avoid adding excessive mileage to the vehicle.
Large purchases, weekend projects or moving
Can you fit that new sectional sofa into your hatchback? You can try, but the most likely answer is "no." You can always ask a friend or family member who owns a truck to borrow their vehicle, but if you’d rather not, consider renting a truck, van or cargo truck to haul that load.
Renting a pickup truck can also be convenient for weekend projects, such as larger home improvement renovations or landscaping. While traditional rental car agencies may carry a selection of trucks, vans or SUVs, you can often find daily truck rentals at big-box hardware retailers. Renting a moving van or box truck can be convenient for moving oversized items. These vehicles, as well as pickup trucks, are available at rental retailers such as U-Haul that specialize in utility vehicles.
Renting a car for special occasions
If you have a big date, a night out on the town with friends or an important meeting with business clients, renting a luxury car, a convertible or a larger SUV can make a better impression and a more memorable event than your daily driver.