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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Understanding The Difference In Rental Vehicles

Renting a car can be tedious task when you're really not sure what your needs are or what rental car is ideal for you. When you rent a car, it is important to understand the difference between different categories of vehicles, so you can better choose the vehicle that suits you best.

Compact cars are the most frequently rented and this is usually because they are the cheapest model in the fleet. Most people choose a compact car for driving around while on holiday or when traveling for a short period of time with only two adults. Many compact vehicles include a small baggage compartment but in many cases the baggage compartment is actually a hatchback which means your luggage is actually in the vehicle with you. Anything more than one or two bags will probably wind up taking up space in the back seat as well as the baggage compartment so traveling with more than two people plus luggage can be difficult.

Midsized vehicles usually offer a bit more room. The trunk space will still be limited but the trunk can usually hold two or three bags and there is a little more room for passengers. A family of four could comfortably travel in this type of vehicle but it is not recommended to squeeze in five, unless you are just doing so for a short travel period.

Full size and luxury vehicles offer room a bit more in the trunk and in the passenger area. These vehicles usually have more upgrades and features and offer a bit more space for frequent travelers. This vehicle offers more trunk space as well, but you'll pay more for this class of vehicle and you must also pay a little more when filling it with gas.

The largest vehicles in the fleet of most car rental companies are SUV's and minivans. These vehicles are quite a bit more costly however they do offer a lot more comfort and flexibility when you are traveling for a long while in the vehicle. If you have five or more passengers then it will be almost a necessity to rent this size vehicle. An SUV can be comfortable and a bit more prestigious looking to drive around but if you are traveling with a lot of baggage a minivan will be a better rental for you. Most SUV's are large but offer limited room for bags.

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