Renting a car is like borrowing someone else’s car. You have to put gas in it and you have to bring it back to the owner. Except there is actually more to renting than you know. There are contracts you need to fill, requirements you have to meet, and not mandatory but should be considered, insurance. However, most people usually rent a car when they are in a foreign city or country, and want to get a feel for ‘international driving’. Your mind might have already been made up about renting a car. But before you do, you need to take in to consideration the things that go into hiring a rental.


Insurance is undoubtedly a word that you hear on a daily basis. Understandably so, it's important to have an insurance company covering your back wherever you are. Insurance has a lot of categories, too. Health insurance, car insurance, Home insurance, David Beckham even insured his legs for hundreds of millions of Dollars. However, you don't need to know all of the types of insurance when traveling, you just need to know the ones that can be most useful during a trip.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

The absolute last thing you'd want during your vacation is for your rental to get wrecked or to have a fender bender. A collision damage waiver will pay for any damages to the vehicle so you won't have to handle a monstrous bill from the car rental company upon returning the car. For a Brussels car rental, if CDW is purchased at the counter it'll cost around US$15 to US$ 100 a day. You might find cheaper prices at an insurance company, so a research should be done to find the best car insurance before deciding on hiring coverage.


The element that allows a vehicle to move is fuel. Aside from the rental car's prices, one should also take their destinations' gas prices and also the prepaid fuel options that rental companies offer. Most car rentals offer this option whereas you pay for a full tank for less than the retail price. This option is great if you are unfamiliar with the roads you are in. But if you do opt for the prepaid fuel option, remember that you paid to fill the tank at 100% and the remaining fuel will be for the company. If you don't like the idea of paying gas for the rental company you can always fill up before you return the car as some companies can charge you for more than the retail price if you return the car with an empty tank.


From compact cars to full size-vans, there are different categories when it comes to rentals. This means that if you decide to book a VW Polo, this can also mean that you booked a compact car. So when you arrive at the rental company to pick up your rental, it might be different since a company doesn't always guarantee the availability of your choice. Thus, you will be provided with a compact car but not your preferred car. There are guides which can help you if you are planning to rent a car when you decide to travel.

Bottom Line

There are many factors to consider when hiring a rental. If you know what you want, where you're going, and what you are going to do, making choices won't be difficult at all. However, if you aren't exactly sure about the things you might do, then you should do a little reflection before agreeing to most of the offers a company has to offer because most of the time, all they want you to do is to say “YES”.