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10 useful tips when you book a car rental

Once you have decided to rent a car from Top Rent A Car, here are some tips for the 10 mandatory things you must remember before and during your rental.

1. Make your reservation as early as possible

This is very important especially if the rental period is during the high summer period. Try making reservation at least 1-2 weeks in advance in order to avoid a disappointment of limited availability. We also have regular “early-birds” discounts and promos!

2. Choose your car wisely according your needs

Always have in mind not only the price, but the interior car space and trunk size. It is essential when you travel with more than 4 persons and a lot of luggage. (Often happens, a client to book 7-seater for 7 persons, that way minivan with unfolded 2 extra seats has less trunk space. The same with the cars from class Mini like Ford Ka, usually reserved because it is cheaper). Full car specifications of all vehicles in our fleet read here.

3. Leave more details when you book

When you make your booking online or by phone, leave more details like the flight number (so we can track your flight if it has a delay), exact pick up address and hotel name as well as mobile phone number, that will be reachable at the moment of car pick up.

4. Don’t forget the security excess

As most of the car rental companies, we have security excess when you rent the car. The excess is 200 EUR – 500 EUR depending on the car class. It will be blocked on your credit card and after you return the car – unblocked.

5. Bring your credit card, driving license and ID

Don’t forget your credit card, you will need it for the security excess and if you prefer – for the payment. You can not rent a car without driving license and ID.

6. Plan your cross border trip

If you plan to exit Bulgaria during your rental, you need to send us scanned copy of a driver’s license and ID, so we can issue Power of Attorney and Green card for the car. There is additional fee depending on the car class and the country you will visit. The security excess is double. Also, some countries are not allowed.

7. In case of car accident – call us!

If you are involved in accident during the rental or somehow damage the vehicle, call us immediately. Also, you’ll need to call 112. They will assist you notifying the traffic police. We will need your traffic police report about the accident. If you have bought Super Cover insurance the report frees you from any charges.

8. Don’t leave your belongings in the car

If you leave your belongings in the rented car, there is potential risk someone to break it and steal your belongings. It is also mandatory always to take the car documents with you.

9. Don’t forget to refuel

Our corporate policy is to provide cars with full tank, so when you return the car it must be fully refueled. We advise you to use the closest gas station to the drop off place

10. Follow the traffic regulations in Bulgaria

Always abide the speed limit. Remember that at many places on Bulgarian roads there are stationary and mobile speed cameras. Choose guarded parking lots when you park. Do not leave your car parked in restricted areas to avoid be repartition. Avoid third class roads and always comply with traffic situation. The most important advise is to treat the rented vehicle as your own. Be more careful and you will not bring unnecessary hassles and worries during your vacation.