As a location independent entrepreneur, I often rent cars as I travel the world. Over the years I have developed a system to always find the best deals for the most affordable cars and to NOT get ripped off by the car rental insurance. Below are my tips, with some links for countries I visit often.
First of all, the biggest savings you can achieve, no matter where you rent your car is by taking 2 minutes to arrange a continuous rental car insurance. Car rentals may offer cheap rental prices, but they usually compensate by charging ridiculous amounts of insurance per day. If a regular car insurance is around €100 per YEAR, then why would you pay €40 per DAY, just because it’s a rental car?
I have a year round rental car insurance that covers me all over the world for just €120 per year. If you rent cars for 4-5 days per year then this is already cheaper than paying by day.
With this insurance, when I rent a car, I pay only the rental basic fee (sometimes as low as €1 per day) and I don’t take the insurance offered by the car rental. My credit card gets blocked for the deposit, but if I get into an accident, my yearly insurance will reimburse me.