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Car Hire Tips for Road Tripping in Canada

Last updated on February 5, 2020

There’s no better way to explore the epic landscapes of Canada than by renting some wheels and hitting the road – here are some tips for your next great Canadian road trip!

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Best Time of the Year to Take a Road Trip in Canada

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that there are certain times of the year when things get more expensive.

Naturally enough, these price increases occur around the peak travel seasons. Obviously, the main peak times would be the summer holidays, but also things like Thanksgiving and Christmas will have an impact on the price you pay.

It doesn’t just stop there though. If there is a certain location that you are planning on going to, then you should double check any local events that might be happening at that time. These local events will vary depending on the state that you are visiting in.

Canada has varied seasons in each of its regions, but in general, the best time to visit is during the spring and fall. If you are keen to make sure that you get the best weather (but also get low rates), then the best time for you to go would be around the “shoulder” seasons around April or October.

Round Trip or One-Way Trip

If you can only go at a certain time during the year (e.g. during peak season) and you are unable to change it then one of the best things you can do to save money is plan your trip so that you start and finish in the same place.

This means that you get to avoid drop-off fees, which can make a huge difference in the price. You will also find that the state that you collect your hire car in will have different prices to other companies.

For example, if you decide to get your car from somewhere like this car rental Montreal, then you might find that you get cheaper rates compared to another company.

Getting the Right Car Insurance

As with anything involving a vehicle, you need to get insurance. However, there are plenty of different types of cover that you can get for your rental car. It’s important to bear in mind that the cost of insurance to cover any potential loss or damage can easily exceed the basic rate of the rental car, so consider your options carefully.

You might also find that the younger you are (particularly if you are under 25), the higher your insurance is for your rental car.

The insurance is normally the thing that costs the most, so you should make sure that this is something which you are aware of.

Don’t just look at the basic cost of the car and think that that will be it, because it won’t. If you are worried that the price will be too high, then pre-paid insurance is normally always the best value, so perhaps this is something that you should look into.

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