Car rental in Israel - additional expenses
If you wish to rent a car in Israel and you are on a rather tight budget, then you will want to know exactly how much that is going to cost you and how you can keep these expenses as low as possible. Luckily for you, there are very many Israel car rental deals which are designed to fit into the most modest of budgets and finding them is not quite as difficult as you might be thinking. That is if you know where to look and what to look for. However, it is important to point out that most of the best car rental Israel companies are not necessarily going to be the cheapest ones and you might have to lower your standards a little if you are looking for very cheap car rental in Israel. Besides the fixed daily prices for renting the cars, however, there are also some other costs that you will have to incur while you use the vehicle and it is vital that you understand these 'hidden' costs if you want to keep your car rental budget in check.
Fuel expenditure on rented vehicles
Once you rent a car in Israel, and in most other parts of the world really, the ownership of the car is temporarily transferred to you along with all the responsibilities that come with such ownership. The car rental companies will expect you to return the car in the same condition that you took it, meaning that you will have to cover the maintenance costs of the car. In most cases, you will find that the fuel tank has enough to start you off and you should know that this fuel is not free. At the end of your rental period, you will be expected to return the vehicle with the tank reading the same amount of fuel as it had when you found it. It is generally advisable to return the car with a full fuel tank in order to avoid any misunderstandings. Make sure that you factor this cost of fuel and car maintenance to your budget.
Key loss - how much it will cost you
As indicated earlier, once you pick up the car it becomes your responsibility, and most car rental Israel companies will surcharge you for anything that goes wrong with it. So what happens if, for instance, you lose your license or your car keys when you have a rental car in Israel? The solution here could vary widely depending on your car rental service since they each have different rental contracts and events like these are captured within the contracts. For instance, some of the rental companies will require that you leave a security deposit with them when you pick up the car, and therefore they will deduct the costs of replacing the key and the license from the deposit if you should lose either of them.
Toll roads in Israel
Another hidden cost that you might expect when you rent a car in Israel is the cost of driving on toll roads. Israel has a total of three toll roads, with the main one being Route 6 and which traverses most of the country. If you are going to be using any of these toll roads then you need to know that the roads, especially Route 6, charge a 'per section' fee and this fee will be billed to the owner of the vehicle (the car rental company) for every section of the road that you use. Naturally, these fees will eventually be transferred to you and the car rental company will add them to your total bill when you eventually return the car.