Nick's Auto Blog

Hello, my name is Nick. This is my new auto blog. Have you ever wondered about how you can improve the look and functioning of your auto? If so you are in the right place. I live in a large house in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and my house has as many garage parking spots as it does rooms. And believe me, it has a lot of rooms. I like to collect classic cars and then work on them to restore them to their former glory. In doing this, I have learnt lots of cool tricks. I would like to share some of these tricks with you here.

Planning To Hire A Rental Car For The First Time? Here Are The Unwritten & Written Rules You Need To Bear In Mind

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Everyone has to hire a car from a place like 1300meteor rentals at some point, even if you already own a vehicle. You might be travelling to a new city, you might be a tourist in the country, your car may be grounded in the garage, and so forth. If you're planning to hire a rental car, it's important to know the code of conduct, or rather the etiquette, expected when you do so. Note that it doesn't matter what you do in your own car; the rules might be very different elsewhere. With that in mind, check out the do's and don'ts of operating a hire car:

No smoking please

If you're a smoker, there's nothing wrong with that. However, give yourself smoking breaks while on the road to inhale a few puffs. Remember that rental cars are used by all sorts of people, some who may not like the idea of their car bearing the lingering smell of tobacco.

No drinking or eating in the car

Avoid the temptation to juggle a soda can, burger, side fries, and the steering wheel all in your hands. Even if you're not behind the wheel, note that eating and drinking in a car always ends up in a mess. You'll have drinks and debris spilled all over the dash, seats and floor; not to mention you'll leave the suspended odour of what you had for lunch all over the vehicle.

Avoid leaving trash in the car

It's easy to leave trash in the car, even absent-mindedly. The best way to handle this is to carry out a 'sweep' before returning the car. Make a stop at a service station, troop out of the car, and proceed to inspect it thoroughly. Be sure to check under the seats, in the trunk, and in the glove compartment.

No carrying above the vehicle limit

As much as it may be tempting to let an extra pal in on the road trip, keep your serious face on discourage overloading. It is not only illegal but it will also ruin the car's performance when it comes to speed, acceleration, and ground clearance.

Wash the car if dirty

If at the end of the day your hire car looks like it has been through quite the adventure, what with all the dust and mud, make sure to get it washed before returning it. It's the ethical thing to do. Besides, you may get charged a 'cleaning fee' if you don't.

Make sure the vehicle isn't running on empty when returned

Although you don't need the car after you return it, it will be very inconveniencing for the car hire company if the vehicle was to 'run dry' soon after you park it. Make sure the car is fuelled. If you picked it up with a full tank, reciprocate when returning.

Be on time

Winding up, be sure to clock back in on time. Plan ahead for any stop-overs, passenger drop-offs, traffic jams, and speed limits. Note that delayed return of a hire car almost always accrues a penalty. In most cases, you will be charged an extra half-day fee. Ouch!

Overall, treat the car as your own, or better than. Of course, make sure not to cause any damage; that includes dings too.


27 October 2015