For the last few years, car rentals have become very popular. It’s easy to find a car for any purpose, whether it’s a luxury car to break out of the routine, or a practical car which will help you get where you want to go.
Car Rental Companies
There are several car rental agencies in Uganda.
Entebbe Road, Kampala
PO Box, Kampala, Uganda
Mobile. +256 (0)702 113125
The following are some of the important things to know when booking a Rental Car in Uganda:
Be sure you have the car rental company’s phone number. Most of the companies have a 24/7 service number. Returning the car at a different branch may cost you more. Avoid this if possible. In certain countries, using vehicles with diesel engines will be significantly cheaper than using vehicles that run on gasoline. Return the car on time to avoid stress and extra fees that are incurred with a late return. It’s important to take enough of a buffer in unfamiliar places.
Don’t forget to fill the gas tank before returning the car. This will save you extra fuel and service fees. Also adjust the car to the driving conditions. This will prevent unwanted issues, and will save you time and money. If you are unsure, ask regarding driving conditions for your destination. With this, you can ask the Rental Company, people you know or search on the internet.
If you are returning the car to an airport, remember to leave enough time to check in to your flight. This is especially important during high season when there are many people and long lines. In most cases, it is recommended to get insurance which can save you money in the long run. However, you should not get insurance which is irrelevant to you, such as insurance for young drivers which costs more in certain companies.
Make sure all of the dents and scratches on the car are documented before you sign the rental forms. You should also make sure that everything is working properly, such as the air conditioner, heating and lights. Report any problems which are not listed. Remember that from the moment you sign you are responsible for the car, including its damages.
Comparison of the rental companies will help you select the company that will give you the best value for money for your intended destination. Note that the company that offers the best deals may change depending on the destination and the season.
Inquire whether car insurance is needed, and if it includes a deductible in the event of a collision. The different companies offer relatively cheap insurance plans which cover the client. It’s in your interest and the rental company’s interest that you will be fully covered.
If you have a navigating application on your smartphone, like Google Navigator you can use that program as long as you have a data plan with sufficient coverage. If do not have a data plan at your destination, it is recommended to find out the costs in advance. You should be able to calculate whether it will be cheaper to get a data plan at your intended destination or to rent a GPS from the car rental company.
Think carefully about what kind of vehicle you will need. If you’re traveling with children or with a lot of gear, you may want a large sedan. If you’re simply looking to save money on rental rates and gas, you will need to reserve the smallest available model. But size isn’t the only factor. Many car rental companies now offer hybrid vehicles, be sure to reserve a car with automatic transmission. (In many countries, a manual transmission is the norm, so read the fine print before booking.) Also, be sure that the company from which you’re renting offers any extras you might need or want, such as a ski rack, car seat or GPS system.
If you’re booking online, read the terms and conditions carefully before confirming your reservation. If you’re booking over the phone, ask the agent about restrictions. Be sure you understand the conditions of your reservation. If pertinent, ask about any restrictions on travel across state or country borders. For your own protection in case of breakdown, be sure the company has offices in all the states or countries on your itinerary.