That answer is simple. Flexibility and convenience. Yep, buzz words you hear all over the place. It can be frustrating to see these types of words banded about all over the internet carelessly, but today, I'm going to use those words with care.
As a very seasoned traveller I have my fair share of stories, often through my own fault, where somethings not gone to plan, shall we say.
Car rental is no exception. Hiring a car isn't always cheap, it may be the most convenient option and often is the cheapest choice, but it is often the second most expensive part of a trip after accommodation.
So it goes without say that you want good service from your provider. Unfortunately that isn't always a guarantee.
By using a car rental booking agent, you can get great flexibility and still only pay the market price and no more. You can sometimes even get a better deal.
You can get the flexibility to change providers with no cost, even at the very last minute. A good agent will even call you straight away if your vehicle choice isn't available, search for the best choice and sometimes even get you an upgrade at a cheaper price as happened to me recently.
So there you have it, who I always book through an agent.
Driving in another country, especially in an unfamiliar hire car, sometimes on the wrong side of the road and often in another culture where expectations of courtesy and even what constitutes safe driving practice, is completely alien to us. It can be fun yet stressful, convenient yet confusing. Going prepared can be half the battle won.
Some top tips on driving in another country.
For some top tips, one of my favourite travel bloggers has written a great series on driving in foreign countries.
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