#099 Renting a car in English – ESL (rep)
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Hi, everyone! I’m Georgiana, founder of SpeakEnglishPodcast.com. My mission is to help YOU to speak English fluently and with confidence.

Today I’ll be teaching you how to rent a car in English. The lesson is simple and to the point, so it’ll save you a lot of time when you really need to rent a vehicle.
And in the next section, you’ll practice your English speaking with a funny mini-story. Today’s story is about Brian, a middle-aged man who wants to go out with hot chicks. 🙂

It’s summer again, and many of you are seeking a holiday getaway. So today I’ll be teaching you how to rent a car.

First of all, you should start by comparing prices online. Consider doing your research by checking travel websites like Expedia, Kayak or Hotwire.

Some of the most popular car hire agencies are Alamo, Avis, and Hertz.

Before deciding on an agency, ask about the additional charges because these charges will help you figure out which is the best deal. Some common rates include:

Underage-driver fees: it means that the agency charges an additional fee for a driver under 25.

Airport surcharges: This charge will make a big difference in the total amount. Basically, the agency will charge you a supplement for picking up a rental car at the airport.

Additional charges per driver: You’ll need to pay extra for having more than one person driving the rental.

It’s also a great idea to book a flight and rent a car together. Doing so will often save you money since you’ll get better deals.

Making a reservation:
When you’re renting a car, you can either pay in advance or just make the reservation and pay when you pick up the vehicle. Many rental car companies will hold your reservation without any form of payment, whereas others will demand a credit card number.

Pay for the rental.
If you didn’t pay in advance online, then you’ll have to make the payment when you get to the pick-up point. Be ready to provide your reservation number as well as your driver’s license and credit card.

Leaving the parking lot
Before leaving the parking lot, inspect the vehicle carefully. You wanna make sure that whatever problems you encounter are well documented so that you don’t take responsibility for them when you return the car.

You want to look for major and minor problems. Check that the windows are working properly. Make sure there are no loose or malfunctioning parts, leaks, or any other damages. Should you find any anomalies, record and take a picture or a video of them.

Fill the car with gas.
Don’t forget to fill up your gas tank. Although some agencies give you the option to return the vehicle without a full tank, they will usually charge you extra.

Clean out the inside of the car. Before leaving the vehicle at the drop-off point, be sure to check the front and rear seats carefully and remove all your belongings to avoid being charged an extra fee.

Returning the car to the rental agency
When you return the car to the rental agency, don’t be late because some agencies will charge you for another business day if you return the vehicle even 30 minutes after the scheduled date and time. 

Also, be careful because some car hire agencies will even charge a fee when you return the vehicle too early.

The last step is to hand over the keys and wait for your receipt. If you want to pay with a different card or with cash, make sure they take the charge off the card you initially used.

I really hope that you’re enjoying yourself. Now it’s time to move on to the next section.

#099 Renting a car in English – ESL (rep)
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