Pitfalls to avoid when renting a car in Paros
Paros is a rather small island but it has a lot to offer to the people that choose to spend their vacation there. This is where some of the most iconic and picturesque villages and towns in Greece can be found and where some of the country’s cleanest and most breathtakingly beautiful beaches are located. It goes without saying that in order to truly enjoy Paros and experience everything that the island has to offer then one needs to be able to move as freely as possible around the island, which is why a car rental is pretty much “mandatory”.
When one is renting cars, there are some things that they should be aware of, some pitfalls that they should avoid at any cost in order to not find themselves experiencing and unpleasant surprises, the kind of surprises that can ruin a trip or a vacation. So, let’s see what you should be careful of when you rent a car in Paros.
Always get the deal in writing
If you happen to book online either via a form or after e-mail exchanges with the business, you should definitely keep a copy of the exchanges and the agreed upon daily rates and what they include. Some businesses might try to renege on their deals by claiming that the client basically made them up, so this is a way to make sure that things will not come down your word against theirs. It’s not a common practice mind you, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Always inspect the car
Once you are presented with the car that will be rented to you, walk around it and try to look for any scrapes, scratches and bumps. Should you come across any, you should immediately bring them to the attention of one of the agency’s representatives so that they will know that it wasn’t you that caused them. Better yet, take some photos and keep them around, just in case.
Beware of “insurance” charges
It is now common for Paros car rental agencies to charge a client’s credit or debit card with an “insurance charge”. That money is essentially “kept aside” as insurance and the charge is refunded once the car is returned safely. Although this practice is not shady or illegal, a lot of companies just assume that their clients know about and expect it to happen, so they don’t bother informing them about it.