tips when renting a car

  • Some rental car rates may seem really low.  Before signing a rental agreement, clarify which taxes, surcharges and other fees you’ll be expected to pay and be on the lookout for additional charges, such as permission for additional drivers to use the car.

  • When picking up a rental car, inspect the car and take pictures of any damage that is already there.  If you don't have a camera, ask a rental office employee to walk around the vehicle with you, and take an inventory of damage and have them sign the list. This is an added layer of protection against any false claims.

  • Be sure to advise the agent when making your reservation if you wish to drop off the car at a different location from where you picked up the car.  An additional fee may be charged.

  • Don’t forget to fill up the gas tank before you return the car. Rental car companies expect a full tank and will charge you much more that you would pay at the pumps.

  • The renter of any car is liable for all parking and traffic violations both domestically and internationally.

  • If you will be travelling with children, ensure they are safe by following proper child seat laws.  Car seats can be rented from most rental companies, but can cost $10- $15 per seat per day, so you can save a lot of money by bringing your own.

  • Many car rental firms have cars or vans that are accessible for customers with physical disabilities. Be sure to make arrangements in advance to ensure that an accessible vehicle is available.

  • Read your rental agreement carefully and ask questions if you are unsure about anything.

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did you know?

Distracted driving is cited as a causal factor in 30 to 50 per cent of traffic collisions on Ontario.

Source: Ontario Provincial Police

Car Accident Timelines

You have 10 business days to provide the insurance company information after it requests, or it can suspend or deny your benefits.

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    You must inform the Accident Benefits insurance company of the accident and that you were hurt. MORE

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    You must complete and send the Accident Benefits application within 30 days of it being provided to you by the insurance company. MORE

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    You need to give written notice of your intention to sue the at-fault parties. MORE

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    To commence a lawsuit against an at-fault driver or your own insurance company if your benefits are denied. MORE


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