Car rental in Pakistan can be expensive as this industry like most others is not much regulated for the consumer benefits so there can be hidden fees and surprising requirements.
I’d cover few steps here so make sure you go through all of these before you rent a car in Pakistan.
First of all you should check few car rental websites and compare the rates for the basic models. You can easily sort out best deal according to your city or location near you. You can also call and ask rates in advance if not available online to know any hidden charges.
Before you finalise a rental agency ask for additional charges for going over certain kilometers range cap within and out of city.
Rental cars are normally available in all sizes from small hatch back to large SUVs and it is important to consider about the size and purpose of renting the vehicle. Make sure that you choose the right size of vehicle according to your need to avoid over paying for the larger size vehicle.
Road conditions in Pakistan are poor and so does the following of traffic rules, in such a situation you must check with car rental agency if the vehicle is fully insured and they have disclosed it in the contract. Paying little extra for the insured vehicle will save you lots of time and money if (God forbid) you get involved in an accident.
When you go to the rental agency location to pick up your vehicle first thing you need to do is review the contract and check all the prices are matching to what they displayed on website or communicated to you over the phone. If everything seems good then pay for your rental. Normally cash works very well in Pakistan but you may be required to pay via credit card for a pre-authorization charge that puts some of your funds on hold until you drop off the car.
Before you leave the car rental company office you must check the car thoroughly for your own good. Document all the scratches, dents and problems so you won’t held liable when you return it. Make sure to check all dysfunctional lights, leaks, or anything that could be considered damage. Once everything is documented then you collect the keys and a copy of contract and drive the car.
You may have the option of returning the vehicle without full fuel tank but in such a case you will be charged extra. So, try to fill up the tank from a fuel station closest to the rental agency before dropping the vehicle. You should also clean the vehicle from inside before returning it back on the agreed date and time.