These days, it feels like there are a lot of options as far as the ways we can get around. Here in Norway, there are public transportation options as well as plenty of ways that we can use vehicles to travel. Of course, one option that seems to be rarely talked about is renting a car, but today, that’s what we’ll be covering in detail!
If you’re interested in renting vehicles, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re aiming to do it with cash or a credit card, we’ve got you covered. There’s a lot of information to know as far as how rentals operate here in Norway, after all. You can learn some more about that here: https://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/sd/id791/, but the main thing to know is that it may be different from other places you’ve travelled to or lived.
Another thing to bear in mind is that the specifics of how to obtain a rental will vary depending on the company you decide to rent with. Today, we’ll be discussing how this all works on a general level.
Still, if you ever end up confused at any point through the transaction or process, you should talk to the customer service agents for the company you’re renting with. They’ll be able to steer you in the right direction. With that said, let’s delve into what car rentals are, how they work, and how you can use a credit card to rent a vehicle conveniently and easily.
What are Car Rentals?
First, let’s examine what these rentals are. Put simply, they are a service provided by companies that allow individuals to rent vehicles for a specific, pre-determined and agreed upon period of time. Usually, these companies will have a fleet of cars available for customers to choose from. They can range from economy cars to luxury vehicles, vans, and even trucks.
Before you decide to rent, it doesn’t hurt to decide what type of vehicle you’re looking to borrow for your trip. A popular option here in Norway is vacationing into the woods and mountains, meaning that you may want to get a vehicle that’s capable of off-roading. Make sure you don’t go off the roads unless it’s specifically noted that your rental is able to do so.
We can get into more detail as well further on, but for now, there are a few other things we’d like to highlight. For instance, car rentals offer a convenient alternative to purchasing a car, especially for short-term transportation needs such as vacations, business trips, or even when a personal vehicle is temporarily unavailable.
What might it look like for those of us renting? Well, renters usually book a car for a specific duration and pay a rental fee. Often, they’ll also need to cover insurance costs and fuel expenses. You’ll want to keep all of these extra expenses in mind along the way – you can start to see why so many folks opt to pay for rentals with a credit card.
How it Works
Now, let’s turn our attention to how this process works in specific. Again, there will be some differences depending on which renter you work with. Either way, some of these steps will be pretty much the same no matter what, so we’re going to cover them anyhow. You can find a few more details here: kredittkortinfo.no/leiebil-kredittkort if you’re curious about how it works with a credit card involved in particular.
One of the first things that you’ll want to do is simple: make a reservation for the vehicle you want to borrow. Usually, this is done well in advance through whatever phone application, website, or even by calling a customer service line. Choose whatever method makes you feel most comfortable and will cause the least stress.
What sorts of things are decided in the reservation, though? As you may imagine, there are a lot of options there. Namely, you might notice that you’ll need to pick what sort of vehicle you’d prefer to rent, as well as thinking about a general timeline for your trip. Essentially, think about when you’ll need to retrieve the vehicle as well as when you’ll be returning it.
They may also ask about where you’ll be taking it. It’s best to be honest there, even if you’re intending to go off-roading or something like that. This way, the rental company will be able to provide you with a vehicle that will suit your needs properly.
Documentation and Paperwork
Now we get to everyone’s least favorite part of any process – the paperwork stage. If you’re paying with a credit card there may be more things to keep track of, so do bear that in mind. Either way, let’s cover some of what you might need to have prepared for when you decide to rent a vehicle.
Obviously, if you’re renting a vehicle, you’ll have to provide adequate proof that you’re able to drive. This will include a relevant driver’s license. If you’re visiting Norway and thus don’t have a Norwegian driver’s license, then you may also need to provide your visa, passport, or proof of citizenship otherwise. Things can get complicated quickly.
You may also need to provide your proof of insurance, since most rental companies expect the customers to handle the insurance on the vehicle for the duration of the agreement. Make sure you have that documentation on hand to ensure you can be approved without any difficulty there. It’s far too risky to rent without having car insurance as well.
Something you’ll want to keep in mind is that there are usually minimum age requirements for renting vehicles, and this will vary based on your state. Here in Norway, that age is nineteen, so you’ll want to have identification that proves that as well (thankfully, in most cases, your license should be enough).
Finally, you’ll need to have your payment information on hand. Typically, this is a credit or a debit card. It works pretty much the same either way, thankfully.
You’ll be putting the card information in early to secure your spot via a deposit. In some cases, the deposit will be returned to you if the vehicle is returned in spotless condition and if all of the rental agreement terms were upheld. Just inquire with your rental company if you aren’t sure about that.
The next step is fairly simple in comparison, thankfully. On the designated and agreed upon pickup date and time, we as the renter need to arrive at the rental location specified in the reservation.
Then, at the rental counter, we present our identification, credit card, and any other necessary documentation (usually specified by the rental company). From there, the rental agreement is signed, which outlines the terms and conditions of the rental, and we should be all set after that. Just make sure you read through those terms and conditions carefully to know what you should and shouldn’t do.
Within the pickup period, there’s a chance that the rental company will perform an inspection on the vehicle to make sure the current state of it is documented. This information will then be compared to the status of the vehicle once you return it, so it’s a good idea to pay attention to what is noted.
Payment and Security Deposit
As we’ve hinted at before, we as renters are typically required to pay for the rental either upfront or upon return of the vehicle. Normally, it will be the former, especially when we take security deposits into account.
You see, a security deposit is often taken at the time of pickup, either as a hold on the credit card or as cash, to cover any potential damages or additional charges that may be incurred along the way. You’ll receive that security deposit back so long as there are no outstanding damage or other rules broken throughout the term of the rental.
Next comes the actual rental period, of course. The duration of it will vary based on what you’ve agreed upon with the rental company. Either way, there are some things to keep in mind about how you should care for the vehicle.
For one thing, to understand where you’re allowed to drive, you should double check the agreement itself. Some vehicles are able to leave the road while others strictly shouldn’t. Make sure to follow those rules as advised, since if you don’t, you could end up costing yourself quite a bit of money.
Another aspect you’ll want to keep in mind is that you’ll be responsible for filling the gas each time you need it. In fact, most of the time it’s required for you to fill the gas tank on the car before you return the vehicle. If you don’t, you could get an extra charge from the rental company.
The final step in this process is to physically return the vehicle to the rental company. This happens at the end of the rental period, and the renter returns the vehicle to the designated rental location. This should be specified in the original contract, but you can always call to verify after.
What happens next is the inspection. You see, the car is typically inspected again for any damage beyond normal wear and tear. Then, the final rental charges are calculated. The security deposit is refunded or released, after deducting any applicable fees or charges – it’s pretty simple.
All in all, renting a vehicle with a credit card here in Norway isn’t overly difficult. As long as you follow the rules and regulations, you should be able to get a rental vehicle for whatever reason.