Why you should refer local car rental agencies in Paros
Despite the fact that Paros is rather tiny, most people choose to rent a car when they are visiting this beautiful island in the Aegean Sea. This is happening for a very simple reason: the island may be small, but is beauty is immense and one needs to explore every nook and cranny in order to take in all of the beauty and enjoy the most unique beaches that Paros has to offer, which of course are also the reason why it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece and the Mediterranean sea in general.
When it comes to renting cars on Paros and Greece in general, one can distinguish two rather large categories of rental agencies: the branches of major corporations and smaller, local agencies. It goes without saying that the local companies are owned and staffed by people living on Paros. In fact, they probably were born and raised there. Many people, especially when they come from foreign countries, prefer to rent cars from the well-known international agencies. We believe however that local businesses are a much better choice for a wide variety of reasons. Let’s find out why we think that.
They offer better rates
Famous car rental brands rely on their name and reputation when they set their rates, which is why they tend to be quite expensive, especially when compared to those of local agencies. The reason why local businesses tend to offer better rates compared to famous brands and agencies, is the fact those companies are owned by locals that need to make a year’s worth of revenue in just a few months, because of that the businesses are in fierce competition, which results in low rates. As toy may know, the fiercer the competition in a certain market, the better the prices – or in this case rates – for the customers.
They are more flexible
When it comes to large, multinational companies, their rates are set from their local or corporate offices which may be in towns miles and miles away from the place where the branch in question is located. Those rates are pretty much set in stone, meaning that they are not negotiable. The same doesn’t apply to local agencies. Those agencies are owned and run by local businessmen who are free to make decisions on the spot. This means that you can haggle and negotiate with the owner or the representative in order to get better rates or to improve the terms of the contract. Trust us, most local businesses will do anything in their power to not lose customers.
They can offer valuable information
Like said earlier, most of the people that own or work on local businesses are usually born and raised in the place where their business is located. This means that they pretty much know that place like the back of their hand and they are always available to offer tips on where to go and what to do on Paros and how to get to even the most remote places. The same can’t be said about the people working in the branches of multinational agencies. They usually come from other cities, such as Athens or Thessaloniki and some may even be from other countries and therefore, they definitely not know the place as well as the locals.
The locals deserve our support
Finally, when you rent a car from a local company, you help a local businessman support his family. The Greek have been through a lot all those years and they need all the help they can get. It’s better to help a local family get by than to help a millionaire exec buy a new Ferrari!