Renting a car in Israel is a highly recommended way to see the country, since it offers you the opportunity of setting your own itineraries, with roads to main sites of interest in excellent condition. Once you’ve made the decision to rent a car in Israel, it’s time to consider your options about which rental company to use, costs, and what to check before you set off.
We’ve listed a few tips that will help you get on the road
- First and foremost, it’s essential to rent a car in Israel from a registered car rental company – one which operates in one of the larger cities such as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. Don’t be tempted to rent a car from an obscure rental company that lacks the experience to help you out if any issues arise.
- Make sure you know exactly what’s included in the cost of the rental, since rental companies tend to charge in different ways. For example, is fuel included? If it isn’t make sure you know where you are as regards mileage, and choose a car which is fuel efficient.
- Car rental companies will understandably charge you more for collecting your car from the airport, since they have to pay a fee for keeping vehicles on the premises. If it’s not too inconvenient aim to pick the car up elsewhere to save on your rental costs.
- Check you have all the accessories you asked for before you leave. Remember to confirm the rental company has included a spare wheel and jack in case you get a flat tire.
- Always examine your rental car for any damage since it’s a possibility the car rental company may have overlooked something during their own checks. If you find anything that stands out – anything – point it out so that you don’t have to pick up the bill later, and this includes checking not only the outside of the vehicle, but the lights and sound system.
- If you want to rent a car in Israel during the holiday season make sure you book your car well in advance of your travel since demand is usually very high.
- Check exactly what’s covered by your insurance – you need to know exactly what you’ll have to pay in the event of an accident.
Finally, when you book your car make sure it’s the right size and spec for you – selecting too small a model may initially look cost-effective but won’t work out if you have a large family to transport. Also reserve child seats in advance – this will save on time when you collect your car.