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Today, car hire is continuously becoming popular in East Africa as a way of dodging the uncertainties of using public means of transport that can ruin your holiday. With private transport, you have ultimate freedom to get around this beautiful region and have a memorable trip. However, it is easy to …. when renting a car if you don’t plan well. To avoid this, below is Kampala Car Rental Services car rental checklist that will help you have a smooth arrangement of the car and a perfect experience of your trip in Uganda.

Make enough research and get the best deal

It is advisable to start searching for available rental cars in Uganda prior to your trip so that you get the right car and deal that you want. Remember that there are a number of rental cars in Uganda and you don’t have to just go with the first company that appears on you see, but consider and compare the services and prices of a number of them. Make sure you get the right price rather than the lowest because very low prices can be attractive but be a risk of getting undesirable services. To a big extent, research can make a difference between getting a bargain and paying spending lots of dollars for car hire.  

Getting in touch

You can get in touch with the service providers of the car rental company that you have chosen to deal with either online, by phone call or see them in person by moving to their offices. Using the online system, send an email to the car hire company through the address provided on their website. You are required to fill in a contact form when sending the email. If you want to speak to the reservations team, make a phone call via the office lines provided. And then if you are in nearby places, you can visit the offices get the insight of the services.

Booking online

You now know which car you need and the reservations team has confirmed its availability. The company asks you to make a deposit of the amount of the total rate of the rental car. With this deposit, be sure that we shall get your preferred car reserved for you. Meanwhile, we expect you to have the balance paid upon arrival when picking the car. You will make an online payment via PayPal, Pesapal or any other payment module that the company provides. There’s also an alternative of depositing the money on the company’s bank account.

Requirements

During the booking process, you are asked to send in scanned copies of these documents if you want a car for self drive; a valid driver’s license and national ID or Passport. When picking the car, come along with the original copies for they have to be first seen before the car is handed over to you.

What the car rental price covers

Our car rental prices include comprehensive insurance and local taxes. We offer cars for hire based on unlimited mileage, you can cover as much miles as you want within the country as long as the areas are safe for you and the vehicle. With the Comprehensive insurance that is included in the rate, we pay for a specific amount of damages. Always remember to ask your service provider about the inclusive of the car rental price in advance before picking the car so that you can plan for your trip well after knowing what you have to pay for, for example fuel.

Confirm pick up location

Amidst preparation for reservations, you will send us the location where and time when you would like the car to be delivered. The place should be within Kampala city or Entebbe and areas outside these two means that an extra cost will be incurred to have the car delivered. Whether you want it for self drive or with a driver, be sure to get it at the agreed upon location on time. However, if the car is available in other areas including Jinja, Mbarara, Kabale, Gulu, Masaka, Mbale, Masindi, Lira, Kasese or Kisoro, there will be no extra charge when delivering the car in surrounding areas.

Check the condition of the car

You need to make sure that you confirm that the car is in the right state before making final payments and driving the car off. Besides seeing the car in the picture, check the following when you get to the car physically;

  • If the car has scratches and dents
  • Whether windows and door locks are not faulty
  • If all indicators are working
  • Is the engine serviced?
  • Ensure the car is clean

Features in the car and any facilities if any

If you are not only looking for a ride but also comfort and safety during your trip, ask your service provider about the presence of some more features in the car. Features such as comfortable seats, air conditioner, central locking and airbags. If you want to go for a safari, you can request for a car with a pop-up roof to enjoy wildlife viewing in savannah parks.

Drop off time and location

At the time of picking the rental car, you are required to give your service provider the location where you will drop the car on return. We also agree on the time at which the car should be dropped. You are advised to return the vehicle on the exact date and time earlier agree upon or else, you will incur penalty fees.

Are you planning to rent a car in Uganda for your forthcoming trip? Let the above car rental checklist guide you to make decisions that will you have a convenient, safe and enjoyable travel. You can book for a rental car in Uganda with Kampala Car Rental Services by sending an email to info@kampalacarrentalservices.com or call the reservations desk via +256-785231603/ +256-758540071.

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