How to Choose the Right Rental Car for Your Trip

How to Choose the Right Rental Car for Your Trip

Need to rent a set of wheels for your upcoming holiday? It may seem like a simple task but choosing the right rental car is often as important as booking the right hotel. It can be rather challenging with the wide range of options and vehicle types available online. If you are having difficulty selecting the perfect rental car for your trip, here are some useful tips for you to consider.

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Define and Understand Your Needs

Most car rental companies will have a wide selection of cars to cover every driving need available. With that in mind, it’s imperative that you understand your needs before choosing a rental car. Are you planning a road trip that requires you to drive for hours on end, or will you be driving within a busy metropolis with small and narrow roads?

If you’re doing the former, a luxury ride might be more appropriate for greater comfort. If it’s the latter, a compact car might be the better option because it’ll be easier to drive. Remember, the more comfortable you are, the more confident you’ll be on the road. Also, don’t just select just one car. Keep your options open and select 3 to 5 cars that suits your needs.


Think About Your Passengers

Besides your driving needs, you will also need to consider how many people you’re taking with you on your trip. If you’re travelling with family, you’ll definitely need a bigger vehicle, like an SUV, with a larger seating capacity. For those travelling alone, or with a partner, a small car will definitely suffice.

If you are travelling with several young children, you too should consider picking a more spacious vehicle. Kids can get restless on prolonged drives and the addition space will allow them to stretch and nap more comfortably. The same applies for elderly passengers; you want them to be comfortable and not cramped up due to the lack of legroom or space. Lastly, if you have passengers in the back, always pick a four-door car. It makes exiting the vehicle much easier in the event of an emergency.


Don’t Forget Your Luggage

Now that you’ve settled the needs of your passengers and yourself, you’ll have to consider the amount of luggage you’ll be carrying. Ask yourself these questions, “How many pieces of luggage will I have? How big are they? Will I be carrying any additional equipment?” These might seem like obvious questions, but you’d be surprised by the number of travellers who fail to take into account their luggage requirements when booking a rental vehicle.

Speaking of luggage, here’s a safety tip. If you’re storing your luggage in the car, remember to keep them hidden from plain sight. Otherwise, it might attract car thieves or other less than desirable individuals on the road.


Do Your Research

Have you narrowed down your rental car choices? If you have, it’s time to do some research on the cars you have chosen. Pay special attention to their fuel economy, mileage, and safety features.

Fuel economy is important because it determines how often you’ll have to pay and top up the tank for petrol. Small, compact vehicles tend to have better fuel economy, while certain SUVs and sports cars tend to guzzle down petrol. As for mileage, a vehicle with low numbers is a better choice than one which has seen its fair share of the road. For those unaware, vehicles with high mileage are more prone to wear and tear. The last thing you want is for your rental car to break down in the middle of the road. If you’re booking a car online and the mileage isn’t displayed, you can always call or email the rental company to enquire about the car’s mileage before making your reservation.

Last but not least are the safety features of the car. Most, if not all cars, come with air bags these days. However, not all of them come with systems like anti-lock braking (ABS) or traction control. These features might come in handy if you’re driving in wet or icy conditions. Cruise control can also be useful when driving on long stretches of road.



By now you can probably tell that there are many factors to consider when renting a car for a holiday. Just like buying a car back home, you’ll need to define your driving needs and choose a car that’s right for you. It might be tempting to rent something stylish while overseas, but it’s vital that you think about your budget, safety, as while as the comfort of your passengers. If possible, pick function over style.

Once you’ve decided on the car, remember to compare prices from different rental companies. Some may throw in extra freebies, while others are more flexible when it comes to returning the car. Lastly, it’s also wise to purchase insurance for a greater peace of mind on the road.

If you are looking to rent a car in Singapore, ETHOZ has a wide range of vehicles to suit every budget and need. With over 30 years of experience, they are one of the most established car rental companies in Singapore. Customer safety is their top priority, and every rental vehicle must pass a strict and thorough quality inspection. These inspections are carried by experienced mechanics in their very own workshop facility.

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