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5 things you should know before renting a car in Sri Lanka – Educate yourself on the ins and outs of renting cars

Regardless of whether you have a car or not, at some point or the other, you might consider renting out a car. However, before you do it is best you educate yourself on the subject.


Young people cost more

It does not matter if your twenty one year old son has a clean driving history since the car rental companies will not actually take that into account. When they see youngsters, they assume them to be reckless drivers who are more likely to damage the vehicle and be less considerate about it. Generally, if you are under twenty five years you are more likely to be charged a higher fee and for any young drivers you have on the extra drivers list.


Limit the number of people who will be driving the vehicle

Whether you are travelling with family or with your friends, it is recommended that you keep the number of drivers down as much as possible. In this case, it does not matter if they are less than twenty five years or older as you will be paying more for each additional person who can drive. Try your best to limit the list to two drivers to avoid paying more.


Keep to the paved roads

This should be obvious to anyone who wants to rent a car but for some inexplicable reason, it is always disregarded. No car rental agency in Sri Lanka, be it Casons Rent a Car or anyone else, will be okay with their vehicle being driven off the road. Off-roading does not necessarily mean taking it through mud and streams but is something as simple as driving it along a beach where there is no proper road. Most agencies that rent a car in Sri Lanka will see this as a violation of the contract between the two of you so it is something you need to keep in mind when taking out the vehicle.


Fill up the tank when you are giving the vehicle back

After you are done with your trip, make it a point to return the vehicle with a full tank of fuel. Of course, the car rental agency will offer the same facility but be prepared to splash out over the top price for a gallon of fuel. Financially, it is much better for you to spend a few minutes at the gas station to fill up the tank rather than paying an exorbitant amount for the same thing.


Bring your own extras

If you are looking to cut down costs where possible, this is a great idea to follow up. In most scenarios, you will need more than the vehicle. For an instance, a GPS or a baby seat might be something you require. Car rental agencies will do a pretty good job at meeting your requests but with a catch. Yes, as with the previous point, they are likely to charge more than the usual rate for this. If you do want a GPS, try making use of the navigation apps on your phone as they can considerably bring down costs.

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