Avoid These 10 Common Rental Car Mistakes

Read our best car rental tips for a hassle-free experience

Renting a car with addCar is a great way to explore and travel around your destination. addCar provides a transparent pricing policy, with no hidden fees. And it's important to be aware of certain policies and guidelines to ensure a smooth rental experience.

Do you understand your own car insurance?

One of the most important things to consider when renting a car is insurance. addCar offers several options for car insurance, including liability, collision, and personal accident insurance. It’s important to understand the coverage so the staff will always be happy to help you find the right insurance when you pick up the car for a stress-free journey ahead.

Going over the maximum miles per day

In most cases, you get free mileage with the cars you rent with addCar. However, some of them do have restrictions so please check the detailed information when you make the reservation. It is always possible to purchase additional miles.

Not paying tolls yourself

Most rental companies require that you pay for tolls yourself. Either through cash or a toll transponder. However, addCar offers a toll pass service in many locations that allows you to drive through tolls without having to pay out of pocket. Instead, the toll charges will be added to your rental invoice at the end of your rental period.

Picking up and dropping off at different locations

If you are planning a road trip and want to start and end in different cities you can choose to pick up and drop off your rental car at different locations. With addCar this service is not available in all places so please contact the company in advance to make sure that it is possible in your destination and to understand any additional fees. 

Paying extra for a later return (and returning your car late)

While the rental period is typically for a set number of days, addCar does offer some flexibility for returning the car late. If you find yourself running late and need to keep the car for an extra day or two, you should contact addCar in advance to make arrangements. With addCar you can return the car no later than 59 minutes after the agreed time. If you keep a rental car too long it will be considered as if you don’t return the car and it will result in additional charges.  

Driving away without checking the vehicle

It is easily done – but very important: check for any damages or issues with the car before driving away. It could be dents, scratches, or warning lights and you should report any issues to addCar directly.

Returning the car with an empty tank

Your car will be ready for you with a full tank of fuel. If you return the car with less than a full tank you will be charged with an additional refueling fee. So be sure to fill up the tank before returning the car to addCar.

Pay now vs pay later car rental

Regarding payment, you must consider the options of paying for your rental upfront or at the time of pickup. Paying upfront may offer discounts or promotions, but paying later gives you more flexibility.


In conclusion, renting a car with addCar is a great option for anyone looking for a reliable and affordable car rental. With a wide variety of vehicles to choose from, flexible insurance options, a transparent pricing policy, and no hidden fees, you can rest assured that you'll be able to find the perfect car for your needs and budget. Just make sure to plan your trip accordingly, budget for any additional miles you may need, and return the car with a full tank on time to avoid any additional charges.