Kia has become one of the fastest growing brands in the world over the past decade or so, leading more consumers to think about making the switch to the South Korean model.
While the vehicles in the Kia line-up look great, you don’t really get a feel for a car until you have been behind the wheel.
A test drive is fine, but what can you really tell about the ride and handling in 10 minutes or so?
One way to get a real feel for a car you are considering buying is to rent one while you are on vacation.
Rental cars are now commonly part of a standard vacation package, and many places will even let you choose the model that you rent.
If this is something that you are thinking about doing, it pays to perform a little due diligence before you book your package.
For example, if you have your heart set on testing out the latest Kia Soul, you will want to make sure that the people you are booking through actually have that model available on the dates that you need it.
Let the rental company know that you want this particular model when you are booking, and you can bet that they will do all they can to accommodate your request.
When you arrive at your intended destination, you may have to remind the agent on call about your special request.
Hopefully you will get the car that you want, but you may also end up with something totally unwanted.
Car rental companies are always looking to maximize their earnings, and you may be informed that an excess of $1000 to $3000 needs to be applied to your rental.
The agency will offer good news in the form of extra insurance that will take that amount down to $500 at a cost to you of between $7 and $9 per day that you rent the car.
That may not sound like much, but if you have your Kia Soul rental for a couple of weeks, it adds up quickly.
The good news is that there is a way to get around this rather obvious milking by the rental agency, and all you need to do is buy an excess insurance policy before you travel.
A quick Google search for “excess car rental insurance” will show you a list of providers who offer this up for a very small amount to be paid annually.
If you are someone who travels regularly, and who rents a car each time, this can result in a pretty large financial savings.
You will still be on the hook for the excess amount if you have an accident, but you can them claim it back from the car or truck insurance provider that you purchased the policy from.
As always, read the small print to be sure of all the little details.
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