Road trips are the best.
They make you feel so free.
Windows down, Wind screaming past, music blaring.
But they can quickly turn into a disaster if you have any trouble with your vehicle. No one wants the reason a road trip was memorable is that you had major engine troubles in the middle of the desert. With that in mind, I break down 3 amazing reasons you should rent a car for your next road trip.
While all incidents cannot be avoided while on a road trip, they can be significantly reduced by doing one simple thing: getting a rental car.
Many people do have newer reliable cars, but not everyone does. I have a car I would NOT take on a road trip. My primary car is a 2002 Mini Cooper. It just got out of the shop after being there for 4 months. I DON’T want to drive my Mini to my mother’s house, 150 miles away, so there is no way I’m taking on a long road trip.
According to NerdWallet and the Motley Fool, most rental cars are only in rotation for a couple of years and have less than 40,000 miles. 99% of all cars should be able to hit the 2 year 50000-mile mark with zero issues. Unless there is an accident, a rental car should have zero issues for the miles and time frame you have for a road trip.
My husbands truck is the complete opposite of the Mini. It is very reliable (cause its 12 years newer) but has horrible fuel economy. When taking a long trip, renting a car would make perfect sense as opposed to taking the truck and spending tons of money on the gas. We took a trip to North Carolina in April, all told we drove over 1700 miles. Including the rental fee itself, we saved over $50 from what we would have spent on gas for the truck.
aka luxury or space factor. The truck rides all right but you know what’s even nicer? A Cadillac. Not the greatest fuel economy but better than the truck and it’s like riding on clouds. If traveling with lots of gear or family, you can upgrade up to a minivan or SUV. Adequate space is essential to comfort. As we all know comfort is ESSENTIAL while on a long road trip.
An added bonus is that it seems pretty easy to get a good deal on a rental car. Hotwire and many other sites usually have good deals. I usually get my deals through my company. Even my former employer, which had less than 100 employees, offered a similar program. Make sure to ask if your employer offers something similar. Also, credit cards often have deals with car rental companies.
Road trips can be sooo much fun but can go south quickly. Renting a car also you don’t have to worry about yours. Are the tires ok? Do I need an oil change? Brakes?