Frequent travelers know how it may be important to have a car at your disposal when on a business trip or vacation. In case you happen to visit a place that doesn't feature a well-developed transport infrastructure or where you'll have to travel a lot outside the main place of your destination, renting a car is the only viable option available. Unless you are greeted by your local business partners or travel company and taken everywhere on their behalf. But if you're not that fortunate or just want to explore a new country on your own, renting a car is a must.
Apart from the obvious benefits of renting a car, there are certain aspects that you may be unaware of, which will still provide you with certain advantages. First of all, if you are the type of a person who prefers taxis, be prepared that in some countries you will be charged twice as high as the locals just for being a foreigner. Yes, this is certainly unfair and it's not highlighted officially, but you may end up having a driver who will charge you a "special" rate just for being a foreigner. And even if you're not limited by a strict budget, this is certainly a very upsetting phenomenon that still takes place in some European countries and other places around the world.
Don't forget that the place and time for renting a car is also very important. Most airports have dedicated rental services, even with several car rental companies represented in some places. Still, the pricing in such places as airports can be inadequate because of the low competition and high demand. You can easily end up paying up to 50% more for the service as compared to the rates provided by the same car rental companies somewhere in the city. So it might be not the best solution for you to rent a car right upon your arrival.
The most beneficial option for renting a car when going abroad is learning the local car rental prices beforehand over the internet or even booking a car in advance. The majority of car rental companies that provide their services to international customers always have the option of booking cars over the Internet. They will even have the car delivered to the airport at the time of your arrival. So why not taking care of things in advance and enjoying full mobility for a reasonable price?