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The Requirements, Hints, Tips & Cautions

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Car Rental In Jamaica || by Kesha Stewart

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There are more car rentals companies in Jamaica so you would probably ever guess, so I'd recommend that you shop around to find what suits your budget and tastes.  

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I’m however, guessing that you may have a few questions. For example...

  • How much do you charge? 
  • Do you offer long term and short term rentals?
  • Are there any hidden costs? 
  • Is my vehicle insured?

Finding a reliable car rental company is imperative if you are planning to drive around the island on your own.

The companies in existence are a mix of local and international.  Let me hasten to assure you that you are never really far away from a car rental company.

As a matter of fact there are companies which operate straight out of the airports enabling you to pick up your car then and there.

Some companies even facilitate online booking to make your travel hassle free. So potential as soon a s you hit the island you can be on wheels.

Here is a checklist of the basic requirements for renting a car in Jamaica:

  • You must be between 23-75 years old. If you are say 21, the company may rent you but it will definitely cost you more.
  • You must have earned your license for at least a year. Some companies ask that it be 3 years!
  • A valid card that is acceptable by the dealer e.g. Visa. They will check to see that the expiry date is after the return date of the vehicle rented. Note that a hold may be placed on your Credit card in case there are incidentals.
  • The car must be rented for no less than 24 hours.
  • A coverage charge against damages and theft

Did You Know That?

  1. Jamaican rental cars once had specialized licenses plates were green? Yes. They even had RR marked to signal it is rented. This practice was discontinued after they were targeted by car thieves.
  2. You do not need an international license to be able to drive in Jamaica?

Cost Considerations

Your car will be priced based on:

  • Size Affects Costs - medium to midsized cars are cheapest, next in line is the premium full sized car, then the SUV, while the most costly is the minivan.
  • Brand matters Here- Toyota Corollas and Nissan Tidas are cheaper than Honda Civics or even a Toyota Camry. 
  • You pay for the features my friend. If you like accessories like leather seats for instance you will be charged more.
  • More days more savings. After 3 days the rental companies usually offer a discount, 7 seven days or more equal greater savings.
  • What’s included in my quote?  Quotes generally include rental fee, insurance and value added tax. Find out what is included to prevent unpleasant surprises later on. Hint. Hint. Read the fine print before deciding on a plan for the insurance.
  • I Need Special Features- If you require extras such as car seats or have a preference such as for  manual transmission, you need to communicate with the dealer at least 3 days in advance of your pick up.
  • Thankfully some credit card companies offer motor vehicle insurance coverage. Check with your provider to see if you qualify and how it works. If they offer it there will be no additional charges for you when you come to Jamaica.

Fast Facts about Car Rental In Jamaica

At last check these were the top five rental car dealers in Jamaica

  • Aero International
  • Avis Jamaica
  • Fiesta Car Rental
  • Island Car Rentals
  • Apex Car Rentals

Helpful Hints for Safe Driving

  • We drive on the left
  • Fill up your tank when returning to avoid additional charges
  • Treat the vehicle as you would your personal property
  • Always wear a seatbelt and ensure all your passengers do the same
  • Obey the road rules
  • Be careful when asking directions and never pick up someone who claims to “know” where you are going, no matter how convincing he/she is.
  • Make allowances for delays
  • Look out for potholes

Now go and enjoy your Jamaican driving experience :-)

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