If you are travelling to Mauritius on a family holiday or to attend a business meeting, and if you are planning to rent a car Mauritius Island, make sure that you consider all possible rental charges to calculate the total cost to rent a car, not just the advertised cost.
Ask your car rental company about the additional charges that you may have to pay, to avoid any unpleasant surprises later when you pay your bill. Here are some common fees that you may encounter.
A car rental company usually adds the required state, city or county taxes, along with its own sales tax rates, to the cost of your rental car. Before you rent a car, ask your company about any taxes that you may have to pay.
If you are hiring a car at the airport, your car rental rates are more likely to increase. These surcharges are even applicable when a car rental company takes you to its off-site lot.
Most companies require you to return the car with a tank full of gas, and if you do not, the company charges you its own price of gas, which is usually expensive than filling the tank yourself at a local gas station. Some companies may provide you an option to pre-purchase a full tank of gas when you take the car, which means that you need not pay any additional charges to fuel up when you return the vehicle.
Most companies offering services for car hire Mauritius offer unlimited miles. But, there may be daily mileage caps based on the type of vehicle you rent, such as some SUV cars or high performance vehicles. It helps you to determine how far you plan to travel, allowing you to choose a company that offers the most suitable mileage terms.
Roadside assistance charges
Many good companies offer roadside assistance when you rent a car. Ask your company if there are any additional charges for roadside assistance or if it is included in the cost of renting a car. If the company charges for roadside assistance, find out what will it cover. For instance, will you be covered if you lock your key in the car accidentally or if you have a flat tire.
Early or late return fees
Being early does not pay off, always. Some companies providing services for car hire Mauritius may charge you a fee if you return your car more than 24 hours earlier than your reservation was meant to end.
On the contrary, running late can also cost you, although some companies offer short grace periods, which means that you won’t be charged anything extra if you are late by not more than 30 minutes. However, you may still be charged a full day cost for additional items such as a navigation system. If you are running late by more than half an hour, find out if it would be cheaper to extend your rental or pay late charges.
When planning to rent a car Mauritius Island, ask your company if you need to pay any or all of these fees to be sure of the total cost that you need to pay when you return the car.