If you are a person who loves to travel or go for long road trips, you may be considering car rentals. One of the top platforms that we personally had a great experience with is DiscoverCars. DiscoverCars have partnered with over hundreds of suppliers around the globe for providing a seamless experience of renting a car. Some of the top suppliers in the list include Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Alamo, Thrifty, etc. The wide range of supplier comparisons makes it extremely convenient for travellers to book a car without going to every single website of the car renting agency.

The general process of DiscoverCars


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Some of the cool features of DiscoverCars that we love are:

1. Filter for Electric and Hybrid Cars

As the world increasingly turns to electric vehicles to help reduce emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, it‘s no surprise that DiscoverCars has also implemented a feature where you can filter the cars with specifications: Diesel, Multifuel, Electric, or Hybrid. Acting upon the need of the hour, this feature gives you a choice to ditch gasguzzling vehicles for a greener option. If renting an electric car, it‘s a good idea to map out charging stations in advance so you know where you can stop to recharge if needed.

2. Chose same or different pick-up and drop-off location

One of the deal breakers when choosing a rental car can be the pick-up and drop-off locations. If you want to rent a car only for going to your destination and avoid paying for it for the whole duration while you are at your destination, you can simply choose the drop-off location which is near your destination. This provides the freedom to explore the destination and you can be more flexible with your travel plans.

3. Filter for the kids’ seat

When traveling with kids, it becomes very crucial to ensure that the car has a child seat – for the sake of comfort and safety. DiscoverCars offers a filter where you can simply choose either a baby seat (0-13 kg) or a child seat (9-18 kg). Additionally, you can also choose to have a booster seat if required. All you need to do is – set in your requirements in the wide range of filter options on the website.

4. Additional driver provided if needed

One of the best things we personally liked about DiscoverCars is that we could choose to have an additional driver with the rented car. Of course, that comes along with an extra fee but if you simply want to sit, relax, and enjoy the journey, then an additional driver might be an option to consider.

5. Option to choose the Full Coverage

One of the essential things when traveling is – Peace of Mind. DiscoverCars provides an option where you can choose to be covered fully on your rented car. This includes any deductibles, damages, theft, repair costs, towing expenses, administrative charges, etc. So, if you comply with all the rental agreements, and the damages are on the exterior of the car, you can sit back and relax as the Full Coverage option will cover all of this. Make sure to check out the rental agreement and Full Coverage policies before renting out a car.

Few things to keep in mind when renting a car

1. Book it early – The sooner you book, the better deals you get!

2. Read the rental agreement thoroughly – Before booking, make sure that you are familiar with the rental company‘s policies. Read over the rental agreement carefully so that you are aware of what is expected of you and what is included in the price of the rental.

3. Check the deposit policy – Some rental suppliers need you to deposit a certain amount as a security in case there are any unexpected damages.

4. Check the fuel and mileage policy – Most of the rental suppliers have the fuel policy of either Full to Full or Same to Same. However, it is best to read the policy before renting.

5. Check the reviews – It will help you find a reliable and reputable rental supplier while avoiding any potential problems.

6. Check the insurance policy – Understand what is covered in the event of an accident. It can help you avoid any unexpected costs.

The car rental industry has seen a significant amount of growth and development in recent years. The industry is now over 103 billion dollars and employs over half a million people worldwide. The United States is the largest market for car rentals, followed by Europe and Asia.

Car rentals are a popular option for travellers who want the flexibility to explore a destination at their own pace without being tied to public transportation schedules. In addition, renting a car can be a cost-effective way to travel if you are traveling with a group or family.

How sustainable is the car rental business?

The transportation industry has a major share of global greenhouse gas emissions. As per the recent IEA data, road travel (cars and buses) contributes to over 45% of transportation emissions.

IEA, Transport sector CO2 emissions by mode in the Sustainable Development Scenario, 2000-2030, IEA, Paris

As a result, it is the need of the hour to sustainably justify the way we travel. Car rentals are a more sustainable option than owning a car if you only need a car for occasional use and you have access to public transport for the majority of your journeys. Additionally, it gives you a choice to select an environmentally sustainable car among several different cars on the market. More specifically, with the prices of electric and hybrid vehicles shooting high, rental cars are an affordable option where you can rent an EV or HV occasionally as necessary.

At SoilSphere, we believe that even the small efforts by individuals and companies towards a sustainable world can aggregate to provide bigger gains. We do not expect ourselves to be 100% sustainable from Cradle to Grave. However, we believe that multiple steps towards it will eventually lead to a sustainable modern world.

*DiscoverCars is a brand name of Discover Car Hire Ltd. SoilSphere does not take any authority in any form on this brand name. The experience shared in the article is personal to the author only.