16th June 2017 - 5 min read
Although you have your own car, you might be thinking about renting a more appropriate vehicle (i.e. in terms of size, long-distance driving performance, etc.). But there’s quite a bit to consider when it comes to cost, safety and other issues. How to decide? Check out these pointers as you consider your options!
|Rental Car||Own Car|
|Model||Proton Exora 1.6 (A)||Perodua Myvi 1.3 (A)|
|Travel Distance||500 km||500 km|
|Average Fuel Consumption (based on average car owner reviews)||9.1 litre/100 kilometre||5.9 litre/100 kilometre|
|Total Petrol Costs (based on RON95 fuel price of RM1.98 as of June 15th, 2017)||RM90.09||RM58.41|
As you can see, there is a rather significant cost difference when renting vs driving your own car for a balik kampung trip, but here are some reasons why a rented vehicle might be worth the extra cost:
You have no way of knowing the actual condition of a rented car. Tires could be retreaded and maintenance may not be up to date. Thus, it’s best to prep a rented car the same way you would your own before starting on your journey.
If you have a little extra time before your trip, take the car to a mechanic to inspect the tires for punctures and air pressure; it doesn’t cost much and will typically take less than thirty minutes. You can check the water levels, battery, windshield wiper fluid, transmission and engine oil by yourself.
As a precaution, be sure to ask for the service records of the cars you rent and do keep the phone numbers of tow-truck and customer service personnel handy in case of a breakdown.
In addition, do note that insurance for rented cars may not cover persons not named in the policy to drive the car. Thus, the person who registered for the car could be fully liable to cover the cost of damages if he or she allows someone else to drive and an accident occurs.
Now you have all the information you need to make the right decision! If you’ve decide to go with your own car, you already know what to do, just make sure to have it checked or serviced before you leave.
But if you’ve decided on renting, here are a few more tips for getting the best deal!
Lastly, do use your credit card to take advantage of special discounts and privileges. Don’t already have a credit card or simply looking for one with better perks? Then head on over to our comparison page to find the best card for you!
Here’s wishing you a safe and happy balik kampung trip!
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