How to get good rates when you rent a car on Santorini or any other island
The Greek islands are among the most popular summer vacation destinations in the world, because of their sunny weather and of course their gorgeous beaches. Choosing one for your summer vacation certainly isn’t an easy task, but no matter what choice you make, you will definitely have an unforgettable time during your stay. Most Greek islands are rather small – in fact Santorini, one of the country’s most popular island destinations, is practically tiny – but no matter which one you choose to vacation in, you will have to rent a car in order to enjoy it to the fullest.
When it comes to spending some time on the Greek islands, the first thing that goes through most people’s minds is which one to choose. After that choice is made however, most people set about looking for cars to rent. The first thing that they are concerned for is of course the rates. How much should you expect to pay per day for a car rental? Well, that seems to depend on some factors, let’s see the most important ones.
How long will you need the car for?
When it comes to renting a car, the time that you will need the car for is one of the defining factors when it comes to the rates. Simply out, the longer you keep the car, the lower the rate will be. Car rentals in Santorini are becoming more valuable as the years pass because people want to take full advantage of their holidays and explore the island to the fullest and what is a better way to drive around the island and experience the amazing scenery.
Time of booking
The time when you decide to book your car is also very important when it comes to determining the rates. The sooner you book, the better for your wallet. If you book a car in the last minute, expect to be quoted a rate that will be way more expensive than the one you would have been quoted if you booked a few weeks or even months in advance. Most car rental agencies have websites that you can use to book your car, check them out and book one as soon as possible. Don’t actually wait to get to the island in order to book.
Type of agency
Local companies usually have much cheaper rates than well-known multinational companies. This is because local companies have to compete with one another in order to get clients while corporations can get by on the merits of their name and reputation. Just find a reliable local car rental company – on a popular island like Santorini there should be tens of them – (online reviews and comments will definitely help you with that) and you should be good to go. Santorini car rental agencies are widely known for their professionalism and their good services because they want people to come back to the island and have good memories from it, which will not only make create good business for them but it will also increase tourists wanting to come back again and again.
Number of agencies
Here’s where things get a bit more complicated and tricky. As a rule of thumb, the greater the number of businesses, the fiercer the completion and fierce competition means cheap rates. Popular destinations like Santorini are home to tens of car rental agencies, but the same can’t be said for other, less popular islands. If the island only has a couple of agencies, then both of them will have identical rates which will probably be a bit on the expensive side. If there are lots of agencies on the island, each one will offer a competitive rate. In other words, rates on Santorini will be much cheaper than those in a less popular island like Samothraki for example.
Type of car
Finally, it goes without saying that a 4×4 and a compact car will have much different rates. The less common the car, the higher the rate will be. One of the best ways to keep rates reasonable is to stay away from luxury cars and SUVs and go with a compact and a sedan. This will keep the rates low and it will actually make getting around the island easier. Islands like Santorini have great roads, so SUVs and trucks are kind of overkill.