Renting Vs Driving Your Own Car On A Road Trip: What’s Better?

by Marie Nieves

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Renting Vs Driving Your Own Car On A Road Trip: What’s Better?

Owning a car is one of the greatest assets of the modern age and a way to make your life much easier. You can get from point A to point B whenever you like, commute to work more easily and plan long road trips without thinking twice. 

However, you need to think long and hard about your road trips and decide if driving your car is the best option – maybe you should rent a car instead? 

Many people opt for the latter, thinking it’s a cheaper and less stressful way to go. So, what’s the answer and how should you prepare for your next road trip?

Renting a car

When renting a car, there are several things you need to take into consideration – the amount of money you’re willing to spend, how old the car you’re renting is, how much fuel it burns and ultimately, if it is comfortable enough. 

Now compare the rental car to your own and see which one is better – comfort, mileage, fuel consumption, battery life, and tyres are the deciding factors that will show you which option is better.

Also, keep in mind that renting a car is more expensive than driving your own. First, you need to pay the rental company, which can be pricey when renting for an extended period. 

Next, you need to pay for the fuel, and even though you’d have to put it into your own car as well, a rented car comes with a factor of surprise – you never know how much fuel it uses! 

Therefore, unless it’s extremely fuel-efficient, it might cost more than you’ve expected. Take all of these factors into consideration and do the math on your own.

Driving your own car

There are no surprises when driving your own car – you already know its limitations and are quite aware what it can and cannot handle. You know its flaws and how to make sure some of them – a broken A/C or limited storage space in the boot – don’t ruin your road trip.

Of course, you should prepare your car for the road trip in advance and make sure everything is alright. Remember, your safety comes first, and that’s not something you want to take lightly. 

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Ultimately, driving your car probably makes you more relaxed and at ease – you’ve driven it numerous times before, so you know how to adjust and position your seat, rearview mirror and steering wheel, and thus make your trip more enjoyable.

When renting a car, you never know who’s driven it before you and who’s going to drive it next, so you’re in charge of its maintenance – after all, you are only renting it for a limited period. But, with your own car, you need to make sure everything runs smoothly. 

Treat your engine with proper oil and trustworthy Castrol products that will make a difference between an unforgettable and carefree road trip and one you’ll try to leave behind as soon as possible. This is especially important when embarking on longer trips that will last for days or when driving to a remote place – if something happens to you in the middle of a desert, you’re going to appreciate using high-quality engine oils and brake fluids.

The road trip verdict

In the end, things are quite simple – if you own a reliable and fuel-efficient car, use it for your road trip. If not, rent one, but make sure you don’t spend too much money on it or at least try to save some money on petrol!

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Marie Nieves


Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Most of her free time at home she spends walking her Labrador Retriever named Max.

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