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Just entered 2022 and the job is gone. Just take advantage of this time to travel a large circle, the whole rental car self-driving, two months also ran a small 10,000 km. Today to share with you the rental car self-driving super comprehensive avoid pit strategy, newcomers must see yo!
Above are the three cars rented in these two months, from left to right are a Hi Yunnan one month, Ctrip Hainan one month and these two days are still renting Zhejiang ten days. In addition to cross-province traffic did not drive, other than the rental car travel.
How to choose a platform to rent a car
At present, the domestic online car rental platform is mainly divided into two categories, one is a Hi, Shenzhou such direct platform, a bit like the electric business in the JD. outlets, car rental stores are their own direct operation. The service is good and the price is expensive. The other is the aggregation platform like Ctrip and Flying Pig, similar to the feeling of Taobao and PDD. This kind of car rental platform only provides the platform, and the car rental agencies are local third parties. Generally speaking, this kind of price is cheaper, but the service in all aspects of general.
The above is my common car rental APP, I suggest you download it before renting a car, so that you can compare prices before placing an order.
About the choice of platform, I myself say my summary of the conclusion!
For peace of mind, convenience, or if you need invoice reimbursement, we recommend choosing IHi and Shenzhou.
Short distance rental one to two days kind of, in general, Ctrip and flying pig cheapest.
There is a need for off-site car return within the city, such as the airport rental hotel car return, we recommend Ctrip and Flying Pig, will be above the car pickup, very convenient.
If you need to return a car to a different city within a province, basically YiHi will be the cheapest, because YiHi is free for most provinces.
As for the difference between a car rental platform such as Hi, Shenzhou and aggregation platforms such as Flying Pig and Ctrip, my personal summary is that Shenzhou and Hi service is really good. There are various kinds of vehicle replacement and roadside assistance. Yunnan self-drive with a Hi, road tire problems, New Year's period can not find matching tires, directly off-site for a car.
And with a small rental car company like Ctrip, off-site car exchange is out of the question. But the advantage of small companies is more flexible. The city-wide door-to-door delivery and pickup service, a Hi Shenzhou don't think about it.
How to rent a car cheapest
How can I rent a car for the cheapest price? First of all, it is recommended to download all the car rental company apps I mentioned before and do a price comparison before placing an order. Then I'll talk about some of my tricks.
If you only need to rent a car for one day, new users can use Shenzhou, which basically has a free one-day Baowo rental offer. Specific activities can be small yellow fish search, keyword: Shenzhou new users.
To rent a car for two or three days, it is recommended to get a voucher from Ctrip and rent it on Wednesday. Ctrip basically has a car rental event every Wednesday, and you can get a 100 car rental voucher to help you, which is a great deal.
The car rental time in 3-6 days, now fly pig promotion is very strong, generally fly pig price is the most affordable.
The rental period is greater than 7 days, generally a Hi, Ctrip have weekly and monthly rental discount, you remember to look at. Although the weekly and monthly rentals of Shenzhou and Flying Pig are also cheap, the additional insurance fees of these two companies will be more expensive if the rental period is longer than seven days. I will talk about this aspect of insurance later.
How to choose the car rental model
The choice of car models, rich people can choose directly at random, like me, price-sensitive people, it is strongly recommended that you choose as low end as possible, as new cars according to their needs. Because the more expensive the car you choose, if there is an accident, the higher the cost you need to bear ...... Well, please forgive me for being poor ......
I usually rent a car with a 1.0T Corvette. Pros: cheap, peppy, good power. The Corvette is generally one of the cheapest rental cars available. 1.0T's three-cylinder engine is actually very powerful! The downside is that the seat height can't be adjusted, and it's not soundproof at all, so it's noisy at highway speeds.
I would basically choose the cheapest Hyundai Pilot or Bora or something like that. It's a lot more comfortable to drive than the Corvette.
If you drive long distances, remember to confirm with the rental car agency whether the vehicle has Bluetooth, AUX port, or cigarette lighter socket. The two years rental car found to rent to the beggar version of the Long Yi, Ling Pai actually even Bluetooth, AUX interface are not. All the way can only listen to the radio, it is unbearable to die ......
The actual SUVs are not necessary. The two years of self-driving, in addition to Lugu Lake to Inaccessible Aden this section because of non-stop landslides, SUV chassis high point better through the other places, whether 318 or Qing Gan Grand Circuit or southern and northern border, truly sedan on enough. And everyone rented SUVs are actually only slightly higher than the chassis of the car front-drive urban SUVs, off-road performance and almost no difference between cars. Not only is it more fuel-efficient, the trunk is also small ......
How to choose vehicle insurance
No matter what platform you rent a car from, it will come with a basic insurance policy. Base
In general, it is recommended that you buy about $50 a day coverage. The above screenshot is a Hi insurance, Ctrip what is also similar. 50 yuan a day will cover the vehicle in addition to the glass tires, small cuts and scrapes completely without you having to pay for it. Some insurance will also waive the depreciation and out-of-service costs of major vehicle repairs.
Many veterans take pride in not buying supplemental insurance. But
General supplemental insurance a Hi, Ctrip rental period of one month, the cost is capped at only 7 days, very cost-effective. But most of Flying Pig and Shenzhou are charged according to the actual number of days. Therefore, I generally use the two of them for long term rental.
Rental car self-driving essential equipment
Short-distance driving does not matter, long-distance driving is recommended that you bring the following things.
Cell phone holder, car charger, car recorder, car aromatherapy. If you rent a car without Bluetooth, remember to bring an AUX cable, or buy a small Bluetooth to AUX device.
Most car rental agencies don't offer cell phone holders, and some need to pay to rent or buy one, so it's better to buy one for yourself and take it with you. I rented three sections of the car this trip, a Hi two sections of no phone holder, Ctrip Hainan rental car is more thoughtful, comes with a phone holder.
Above is Hainan Corvette with a cell phone bracket, the effect is not bad, but I personally very uncomfortable with horizontal screen navigation ...... above the shelf of the phone is my Spring Festival before leaving just bought a plus 10Pro, a little regret to buy early, because now a plus 10Pro has come out 512GB white version ...... my colorful black 10Pro only 256GB, the two months of travel memory has almost exploded ......
I was thinking of finding the time to write a good write a plus 10Pro experience, but all the way daily driving too tired, has not been available. When I have the opportunity to make up for it later! In short, these two months are used under the power is too durable! With the 80W fast charging, I don't need a rechargeable battery at all! Photography is also very surprising! Since the arrival of Hainan, too hot, really lazy to carry the camera out. All the way to a 10Pro handle.
The above photo was taken with a 10Pro ultra-wide angle lens at the Antworks in Jianshui, Yunnan Province, isn't that great!
A good cigarette lighter car charger, preferably with fast charging! Now the phone screen is large, and navigation car navigation generally phone brightness will be at the highest. If there is no fast charger, basically it will not charge ......
Car recorder, again, this thing may be felt unnecessary, but I will bring every long trip. After all, you only need to take the car when installed on the good, the back side will not care. Really encounter porcelain and accidents, as long as the use of once is to earn. Not to mention that the car recorder now has a photo and video function, with the car recorder record your journey will also be very interesting!
The best way to buy a car recorder is to buy the kind on the right side of the suction cup fixed, so that it is more convenient to disassemble when changing the car.
The most annoying thing about renting a car is that it smells bad inside. Although the theory is that the dealership will clean the car every time you rent it, the cars I've rented along the way have had all kinds of odors. If you are as pretentious as I am, a long distance car rental is recommended to bring a car fragrance.
Because the car smell is really uncomfortable when renting a car, so the online order of the car aromatherapy of Mormis. Although
Open the aromatherapy, the interior looks like this. Wood
And the bottom of this aromatherapy is made of washable adhesive, every time the rental car pulled down, and can be dipped into the new car, ha ha ha! And the fragrance of the Moomis, passed the EU RoHS test, environmental protection above than those miscellaneous goods too much better.
Now many car rental agencies of the beggar version of the car Bluetooth are not, this time if you want to use the car stereo to play music to listen to navigation, you need an AUX cable. But now most cell phones have no 3.5mm audio interface, so I recommend that you buy a small plug like the above Bluetooth to AUX. Before you rent a car, it is best to ask about the vehicle configuration, such as my previous rental Ling Pai, even AUX are not ...... can only be plugged into a flash drive to play ...... then all the way to 4000 km of the Qing Gan Grand Tour really D pain me to death.
Car inspection and pick-up
Choose your car, arrive at the pickup location, contact the store and pick up your car. Be sure to check the car before picking it up. Now the car inspection is very standard. When I rented a Hi, I generally trusted the rental store and drove away without inspecting the car. If you are not sure, you can take a video record when you rent a car.
If you buy the 50 day supplemental insurance, you basically just need to make sure the tires and glass are okay. But note that the vehicle fuel level must be photographed and backed up, so as not to pull the plug when you change the car. In general, how much fuel when renting a car, when returning to add to how much can be. If you return the car with more fuel, the rental company will generally refund the money, but if the fuel is less, not only do you have to pay for the fuel, you may also have to pay more gas handling fees. So it is better to return the car with more fuel than less.
A few more points that I would look out for when renting a car. First, make sure that the cigarette lighter and USB plug work. I've rented several cars with broken cigarette lighters, and I can't charge all the way to the bad ...... If you're not familiar with your rental car, remember to have the staff teach you how to open the gas cap and trunk. Before I also grouped the old pocket gear GL8 ...... gears also need on-site training ......
Also, if you rent a Corvette, be sure to let the rental car company help you connect the Bluetooth ...... otherwise, you may not be able to connect this all the way ...... Finally, if you want to drive a long distance, it is recommended to check the tire pressure, by the way, see if the glass water.
Vehicle Accidents and Violations
Rental cars must pay attention to safety, rental cars are generally not in good condition, so we must not drive at the limit.
When renting a car if you have a small cut of a single car, or like I encountered this can not find the perpetrator. If you do not hurt the sheet metal and no one needs to compensate you, as long as you buy 50 yuan a day insurance, most rental car companies do not need to care, just drive away. If you do not buy insurance, it is recommended to find your own repair shop to repair the paint, or return the car when the tug of war, not to mention the money to pay more than the car repair.
If the vehicle damage is more serious, the need for sheet metal (such as the above car under the rear door, that is, I drove in the old city, turning cut the steps), the car damage is slightly higher, or affect the normal driving. It is recommended that you call the rental car company on the spot and let the other party determine whether you need to report the insurance. If the insurance is reported, you also need to call the police to confirm the responsibility of the accident.
If there is damage to other vehicles in the accident and the other party needs you to pay for it, it is recommended to always report the insurance. The actual car is definitely a good choice for you. The company will also be able to provide you with the necessary information to help you with your business.
You can refer to the picture above for the specific accident handling process.
In general, the rental car repair does not require people to pay their own money, even if you did not buy a day of 50 insurance, at most let you pay 1500. but if you rent a car damaged seriously, the vehicle depreciation and vehicle parking costs are the existence of the pain.
The above is the details of the procedures for vehicle parking fees and depreciation fees for Ctrip, which is similar to YHi. I've encountered a friend who flew with his heart and turned over his rental GL8, but he didn't buy supplemental insurance, and ended up paying more than 9,000 in total. So back to the beginning of the article when choosing a car, try to choose a cheap car, repair is also cheap ......
About the violation processing is actually relatively simple. Most car rental agencies can take care of it for you. The general price is 200 points, which is a reasonable price. If you want to deal with it yourself, you can get a car dealership to send you a driver's license, and then find the traffic police to deduct the points yourself. But be aware that there is generally a certain period of time to deal with violations, more than to pay additional default. For example, this time I Hainan's violation, 7 working days not to deal with more money.
When it comes to my violation in Hainan, I'm also drunk. I parked in a parking space and was fined 100 yuan. The car rental agency said that I need to go to Hainan to find a window to appeal, and there is no violation judgment number, so I can not pay the fine myself. If I let the dealership handle it for me, I would have to pay an extra 100 yuan! Pissed me off! Now still in the tug-of-war.
Write at the end
I guess there are not many people who can see here, and I would have liked to talk about the rental car reference price and cost situation. But this article is really a bit long, save it for later!