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What you need to know about renting a car in Romania.

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Whether your upcoming trip to Romania is for business reasons or for spending your leisure time, you want to take into consideration the fact that renting a car will bring you a multitude of advantages: planning your time as efficiently as possible, but also a comfortable vehicle that’s always adapted to your specific needs.
In this article, we will tackle some of the following topics: the rental procedure at Premium Rent, giving you the necessary information on how to easily rent a vehicle, what type of car would be most suitable for your trip in Romania, but also other details that are country-specific, such as the legal age for driving and speed limits. These details will further guide you into a smooth process of having comfortable means of transportation in the country you’re about to visit, and also some essential local insights.

How can you rent a car in Romania?

Summer and winter are two busy seasons from a touristic perspective in Romania. From the moment you decide to plan your trip, the first thing you would want to take into consideration would be having dependable means of transportation, which in a foreign country usually means renting a car. Oftentimes, online rental services come with excellent offers that are also diverse in terms of price range and options. Naturally, the more you postpone booking for car rental services, the more you will end up having to choose between less cost-effective options.
The steps you will need to follow in order to rent a car from Premium Rent would be: filling the online form, specifying the period of time in which you will need an available car, establishing the location from which you will be picking up the vehicle, and also its technical specifications. Following this step, we will confirm the availability corresponding to the dates you requested.
If you decide to go on a spontaneous, unplanned trip to Romania, you don’t need to worry about the fact that you won’t be able to rent a car to visit your desired destinations. You can always reach out to our non-stop car rental services the moment you set foot in Romania. It’s important to keep in mind that Premium Rent doesn’t only offer car rental services just in Otopeni or Bucharest, but also in other cities such as Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Targu-Mures. Browsing for car rental services in Otopeni, Timișoara, Sibiu or Cluj-Napoca you will be able to receive 24/7 assistance that will guide you through the process of renting a car, so you can enjoy a hassle-free experience in Romania.

What is the legal age for driving in Romania?

In order to drive a car, a standard motorcycle or a medium- sized vehicle you have to be at least 18 years old in Romania. It’s also important to remember that when you reach out to car rental services, you have to comply to age limit rules that are individually established by each company. At Premium Rent you have to be at least 19 years old in order to rent a Standard class vehicle, and at least 24 to be able to rent a Premium class vehicle.
For people with ages between 19 and 24 and for those over 65 years old, we charge extra 10€/per day to a maximum of 70€/rental contract. Taking this into consideration might help you reduce your final cost.

What type of car can you rent at Premium Rent?

When it’s time to decide upon the vehicle that you wish to rent, it’s important to take into consideration several factors that might, more or less, influence the final decision. Firstly, it’s important to know beforehand if you will be accompanied by friends or family while traveling. Having this in mind, you will find in our Premium fleet, vehicles of different styles and categories from which you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
Have you ever considered that any trip can be a memorable one? At Premium Rent, you can rent a car from the Premium class, so you can enjoy a relaxed trip. The car models available in this class are BMW 5th series, BMW X5, Mercedes GLC 220, Mercedes GLA.
For families with children, you might want to take into consideration renting a more spacious vehicle with a bigger storage size for extra luggage.
Also, giving the fact that most of your time will be spent on the road, it’s important that the car you choose to also be comfortable. Our options from the Family or Standard classes can be very suitable for these criteria.
Premium Rent can also offer the possibility of equipping your rented vehicle with child safety car seat. The most suitable options for families are Dacia Duster, Kia Sportage, Opel Crossland, Ford or Ford Focus SW.
If you decide to travel with a group of friends you might want to take a look at our 7 seats, 5+2 seats or 8+1seats vehicles, so you can enjoy a bigger, well-compartmentalized space, that can offer you a relaxing trip until your final destination. Our car models from this category are: VW Caravelle 8+1, 2.0TDI, Automat – DSG; VW Caddy 2019, Caravelle TDI 8+1; Dacia Lodgy Diesel 5+2.

What are the speed limits in Romania?

In Romania, the speed limits are 50km/h in cities, 100km/h for national-European roads and 130km/h for highways. GPS apps can help you keep track of speed limits and they will also help you to find the best itinerary for your destination. Premium Rent also offers GPS navigation systems or wifi devices that are available on 300 of our cars. You can find out more about this option from the frequently asked questions section.
To be up to date with our offers and services, you can access our site www.premiumrent.ro, or you can call non-stop at +40 217 967 151.

How to save money when you rent a car with Premium Rent

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When you don’t own a car and you also need mobility on the territory of Romania and abroad, renting a car is an important point to consider. Deciding over the company you wish to rent from, is quite difficult as the prices oscillate according to a number of factors. In this article, we will present you different ways to reduce the total cost of your rental.

If you decide to rent a car in Romania, you should benefit of a certain level of comfort and enjoy some of the advantages this service offers: the possibility to choose the right vehicle according to your requirements from a various fleet of vehicles and the airport transfer – final destination. Without making major changes in your travel plans, we’ll show you some various ways to save money when you actually decide to rent a car.

The driver’s age may influence the cost of rental services

When you choose to rent a car, you should consider the age restriction costs imposed by the rental company. Drivers aged between 19-24 or those over 65 will have to pay an additional charge of 10€/day up to a maximum of 70€/rental contract when booking a vehicle from Premium Rent fleet. The final cost of rate may be influenced by driver’s age. Taking this into consideration may reduce your final cost.

Return the car on time

When you want to return the car, it’s important to respect the date and the time of delivery agreed in the contract so as not to be charged extra. Extending the contract or delaying the leased car will be penalized with 100€ if you do not report the changes with 48 hours in advance.
Also, try to return the car to the same location. If you don’t notify this change in advance with at least 24 hours, it may result in an additional charge of 1 €/km for locations outside Bucharest and 50€ for locations in Bucharest and nearby Henri Coanda Airport.

Choose the right insurance plan for your rental car

When you decide to rent a car, it is also important to choose a type of insurance to protect you in case of damage. At Premium Rent, you can opt for `Super Relax Cover` that can be purchased before picking up your car or at the rental desk. With this type of insurance, you get ZERO liability in case of damage. If you choose to purchase the full insurance, not only you will feel more relaxed during your holiday, but this can save you from various payments if you have any unpleasant events on the route. What is the conclusion? Invest in a good insurance because it takes care of any unplanned costs.

Return the vehicle in the same condition you rented it

An important fact that can influence the final cost of renting is the appearance of the car. Should the vehicle require a detailing procedure due to the excessive dirt, you may need to pay a tax of 50€. You can avoid this charge if you are careful about the cleanness, both inside and outside the vehicle, throughout the rental period.

Find out all the information you need when you want to rent a car by visiting the FAQ section or by calling us at 004/0747134901.

Collecting and driving your hire car at night

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Driving at night in Romania

Collecting and driving your hire car at night can be unavoidable if you’re picking up your vehicle from the airport after your flight has arrived. If you’re planning long journey driving in the dark can be a necessity.

Our tips below will help make your collection and night-time driving as stress-free as possible.

Collecting at night – Out of Hours

It’s worth comparing suppliers during the booking process to check their out of hours’ collection fees. Many don’t operate 24 hours, so if you’re collecting in the middle of the night, you may be subject to an out of hours’ fee. These charges vary between suppliers so check the rental conditions. Premium rent operates 24/7 for reservations, no extra charge for pickup or return of the rental car at night in Bucharest Otopeni Airport. Should your collection be delayed, ensure you tell us and we’ll arrange a member of our staff is available to assist with your collection. 

Pick-up Instructions

Before Booking, decide how you want to collect your vehicle. In different locations, suppliers may offer different options. You can collect from the airport car park, or perhaps a shuttle bus will take you to the car hire depot. Consider which is more convenient and safer for you. Make sure you’re familiar with these instructions in advance. These will be shown on the website before booking and in the confirmation email that you will receive from Premium Rent Reservation Team.

Surveying the vehicle

No matter what time you collect the vehicle, always take the time to thoroughly survey the vehicle. Make sure the representative of the company records any pre-existing damage. Feel free to take photos of pre-existing damage on your smartphone or camera as evidence. Check before completing the survey that your photos have come out clearly and you can see the extent of the damage. Use the flash function if necessary.
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Check that all the lights of the vehicle work before driving off and leaving the supplier.
This may be obvious but we all fall into the trap sometimes- if you’re departing from a multi-storey car park in the dark, make sure you switch your lights on!

Protect yourself when collecting and driving your hire car at night

You can easily choose an insurance policy to fully cover all damage to the car hire vehicle. All bookings through www.premiumrent.ro include full Third Party Liability(TPL) insurance with no excess liability for other traffic participants. We offer a top-up policy to cover the vehicle like SCDW(Super collision damage waiver) with minimum responsibility or SRC(Super Relax Cover) with ZERO Liability for damages. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that whatever damage happens to the vehicle, you won’t be out of pocket.

Bookings Tips

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The spring is here and what better way to give yourself a boost than by booking a holiday? If you already done that it is time for planning! In generally there are two types of people: those who like to prepare in advance and who leave it to the last minute. What about car hire? We, Premium Rent team, recommend that you should book your desired car hire in time, booking early can benefit you!

Rental Price

By making a booking in advance, for sure, will be cheaper than if you ask for a car in to a supplier desk at the airport, on the day of your arrival. If your destination is a touristic area or you’re near a local/national holiday, the less cars are likely to be available, demand will be higher and will influence the cost, getting you to pay a higher price. Booking in advance will guarantee you get the type of vehicle you want and you save money to spend through your holiday.

Car Availability

If there will be a high season, certain vehicle classes such as economic, small vans (small groups -family cars) or with automatic transmission will be the highest in demand or limited. Car rental companies will book these vehicles out quickest. Book in advance before you travel to a more advantageous offer.

Optional equipment

Doing a early booking gives you the time to request any extras such as Caw Wifi, Navigation System or Baby Seats. Car rental companies will only have a certain numbers of extras equipment and booking nearer the day you go, increases the risk of unavailability.

Confirmation Bookings

Premium Rent Reservation Team will ensures that car rental requested is available for the requested period and in the shortest time you will be contacted, either by phone or email, for confirmation. We are available 24/7 for reservations. If at some point, the type and model of the car requested, will not be available, we will contact you to propose another option available in the fleet. With us, you always know the car you booked.   

Early booking today!

Make your booking today to ensure a good price and the car that best suits you. It is likely, for late minute bookings, to pay an increased price. Premium Rent is available in 5 locations across the country. Get your quote today!

General tips for driving in Romania

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In Romania you drive on the right side of the road. There are no surprise for anyone who has visited mainland Europe. If you are accustomed to drive on the left, take care when turning at intersections and give priority to vehicle which is already on the roundabout. This is where the difference will be most pronounced.

Also if you don’t have an EU driver’s license you’ll need to get one for your next trip in Romania.

The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.20 grams/liter, equivalent to 0.15 mg/liter in exhaled air and is not punishable by the law. That means even one drink has the potential to put you over the limit. If you intend to have a drink or two, make sure you add a second driver at the beginning of your rental and someone else has driving duties covered.

The speed limits in Romania are 50km/h in the village, 90 km/h for other cat. Road, 100 km/h for National-European road and 130 km/h on the highway. However there is margin limit of 9km/h, for all road types, before you get a fine (ex: if the speed limit it is 50km/h you can drive with 59 km/h without being penalized). These defaults give way to speed limit sings, so always keep your eye out for sigs, so you know what the current limit is or you can use Google maps or Waze  J. If you don’t have internet connection, because rooming data is too expensive, you can choose your devices for Premium Rent, GPS navigations System for 3.5 euro/ day or CAR-WIFI with 4G connection for 6 euro/day.

Radar detectors are illegal in many countries in Europe, including Romania. If you are caught you could be fined. Speeding restrictions are strictly enforced and if receive a traffic fine this may be paid on the spot with cash payment, no CC are accepted. If you are involved in an accident, contact your supplier immediately and take photographs of the damage to your vehicle and obtain a police report. Premium Rent offer Road Assistance 24h/7 in Romania. Also in case of breakdown you need to carry a reflective jacket and use the warning triangle, this should be provided in your hire car. Be aware, if you break any driving laws, your driving license can be confiscated by Romanian Police.

Driving tips in Bucharest

Remember you should driving on the right side of the road as all continental Europe.

Drive cautiously and expect the unexpected, drivers in Bucharest tend to be more aggressive.

Don’t drink and drive, you can ruin your holiday.

Holiday luggage will make your vehicle heavier than usual so allow more time and distance for braking.

Fuel Policy Tips

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Fuel policy can be today a common issue for many low cost car rental companies. Although appearing as low rental rates, certain providers practice a hidden upfront fuel payments. Premium Rent operate and offer fair fuel policies guiding clients to choose the best option for their needs. The most common policies are Full to Full or Same to Same.

Full to Full

What does mean? Your rented vehicle will be supplied with a full thank of fuel and you’ll need to return it full of fuel. Some providers may require to present a refueling receipt on date and time of return, and must be from the nearest gas station near the airport (if not providing the refueling receipt, definitely will be an extra charge). Many customers prefer this method as it’s simple and straightforward. Other companies will require a fuel deposit at time of pick-up to cover the cost of the tank of fuel supplying you with. This Deposit will be refunded in full if you return the car with a fuel of tank. Be careful also some provider charge a non-refundable administration charge for providing a full tank of fuel. When you return the vehicle without a full tank, you’ll be charged for the cost of missing fuel. Refueling Fee, will also be charged to cover the company time refilling the car plus the missing fuel, most cases, at a higher pump price. Premium Rent charge for missing fuel pump price +  40 euros Refueling Fee.

Please note: at time of pick-up ask the agent where’s closest gas station point and refuel just before returning the car.

Same to Same

At the time of pick-up the agent will mark on pick-up/drop-off agreement the level of fuel and you’ll be asked to sign. Check that this record matches the fuel gauge before you drive because you’ll be required to return the vehicle hire with same level of fuel. Even if it’s a difficult policy you’ll get no refund if you return the car with more fuel then the time of pick-up. Make photo with the fuel tank on collection and again on return if the fuel policy come into question.

 

Full to Empty

A fuel policy that can mean trouble. You’ll have to pay for a full tank of fuel  on collection of the car. This fuel is then yours to use which might sound fair, until you return the car. You’re expected to return the car with an empty tank. Many people found that they were ultimately paying for fuel they weren’t using. No refunds are given for any fuel returned with the vehicle. Hirers were paying the inflated rate for fuel set by the supplier and then giving unused fuel back to them.

Please Note: If hiring a car with this policy, ensure you can travel enough to be able to return the vehicle with an empty tank, or as close to as possible, to avoid losing money! Or you can use Premium Rent Prepaid Fuel Policy and we will refund for the unused fuel tank.
Consider how much travelling you’ll be doing, the vehicle category you require, and how easy it will be for you to re-fuel. All these factors can help you decide which fuel policy is the best for you.

15 reasons to visit Romania

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You have not set any vacation plan? What about Romania, the only latin country in Eastern Europe With 7 monuments listed as UNESCO Patrimony, breathtaking and unique landscapes, rich culture and traditions, tasty food and friendly people.

Pack your bags and head to Romania for your next getaway, will surprise you! From Transylvania to the Danube Delta, with amazing mountains, spectacular monasteries,  the merry cemetery in Sapanta here are the best reasons to visit Romania:

1. Sighisoara is a fine example of a small, fortified medieval town which played an important strategic and commercial role on the fringes of central Europe for several centuries. It was included on UNESCO Patrimony List since the early ’90 and every year it hosts, during summer, of cultural and entertainment events.

2. Danube Delta hosts over 360 species of birds as well as 45 freshwater fish species in its numerous lakes and marshes. Also here you can visit Padurea Letea, where you can see the last wild horses population in Europe.

3. Viscri was declared in 1999 a world heritage site. The isolated settlement became the centre of attention thanks to Prince Charles, who bought a house here and became the chief sponsor of the foundation for Saxon villages. At least once a year Prince Charles visits Viscri.

4. Bucharest with his old city center was named as “The little Paris” and now you can find at every corner a nice terrace to enjoy your coffee, a cool pub, delicious homemade cake shops and the best variety of restaurants. It also boasts some of the best night clubs in Europe.

5.  Voronet Monastery named “the Sistine Chapel of the East” is the most picturesque treasures of Romania with interior and exterior wall paintings, this monastery offers an abundance of frescoes featuring an intense shade of blue commonly known as ‘Voronet blue.’  The composition of the paint continues to remain a mystery even now, more than 500 years after the church was built.

6. The Sphinx situated at over  2216 meters in Bucegi Mountains. Many theories have weaved around the origin of the Sphinx but geologists say that was created due to wind and water erosion and through its shape it resembles an artistic sculpture.

7. Peles Castle was the first European castle to have central heating and electricity an d also was intended to be the summer residence of Romania’s longest-serving monarch, King Carol I

8. Transfagarasan was named the most spectacular road in the world by the BBC Top Gear team. It goes up to Balea Lake at 2042 meters.

9. Sarmizegetusa Regia was the capital and the most important military, religious and political centre of the Dacians prior the wars with the Roman Empire

10. Sibiu former European Capital of Culture in 2007 has emerged to be the most beautiful city of Romania.

11. The Merry Cemetery, Sapanta located in Maramures it is famous for its colorful tombstones with naive paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the persons buried there as well as scenes from their lives. The Merry Cemetery became an open-air museum and a national tourist attraction.

12. The Black Sea it is a tourist area of Romania with the best best resort Mamaia, famous for its amazing night clubs.

13. Bears’ Cave has received its name after the 140 cave bear skeletons which were discovered on the site. The cave bear is a species of bear which became extinct during the Last Glacial Maximum.

14. The Rock Sculpture of Decebalus a 40-m high carving in rock of the face of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, who fought against the Roman emperors Domitian and Traian to preserve the independence of his country, which corresponded to modern Romania.

15. Bran Castle known as “Dracula’s Castle” is now a museum open to tourists, displaying art and furniture.

Understanding Your Rental

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Today we will talk about what you need to know and how you need to understand your booking!

  1. If you’re booking online, give two minutes and read the terms and conditions carefully before confirming your reservation. If you’re booking over the phone, ask the agent about fees and restrictions. Be sure you understand the conditions of your reservation.
  2. If you book online ask about the No-Shows policy, how long will the car be held if you’re stuck in traffic on the way to pick up station or if your flight haves a delay.
  3. Make sure you provide your flight number to the car rental company, specifically in the high season and national holydays to avoid situations in which you get to the rental desk and the car that you reserved is no longer available. Usually car rental companies do not block the car more than an hour if a flight number was not provided.
  4. Always get a confirmation number and scheduled arrival time. This will usually protect your reservation if the flight is delayed.
  5. Unless you know exactly how many days you need the car is recommended to always rent the car for a minimum number of days allowed and ask if you can extend. Ask with how long before you must inform the company and how much it will cost. For termination of the lease before the term of the customer’s desire, companies do not return the rental days left. Of course, returning the car late could cost you too. Many car rental companies only give you a 59 minutes grace period before beginning to rack up the late fees.
  6. Be sure that the check-in attendant inspects the car’s body in your presence and that you agree about any damage.

Examine your rental agreement carefully and choose Premium car rental for your holidays in Romania!

Is the first time when you rent a car? What you should know about it!

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Renting a car means making a series of choices that are tricky by design and also pricey too. First of all you need to understand the rules of car rental and how those rules are changing. You need to consider this all that before you get behind the rented wheel.

Choose what suits for you best! Compare costs, insurance and what them are covering, what is the value of Excess and do you need to let a deposit? Make sure about all extra “hidden fees” like Airport Fees, out of hours and during the winter season, winter tires fee. Sometimes even for refueling or missing fuel you will be charged, there will be traps and to avoid all those you may decide to pay in advance a prepay Fuel. Simple like that and you will return with an empty tank.

What company should you choose for? A famous one or local!?

On the market are many brands that aren’t “household names”, they’re good companies, and valued that have same cars at every different price point. Is not necessarily to rent a car because of the name or that they have office in terminal. Lots of people may flying into your destination, they are also looking to rent a car at the airport, meaning longer waits and more opportunities for things to go wrong or to pay double the price. Rates car be higher renting from the airport, partly due to tacked-on fees, facility charges and so on and part because that’s just where they need to get you.

So then what should I pick? Desk in terminal or MeEt&GreEt?

In Bucharest Airport all of the company, even those with desk in terminal, have the cars out from the terminal and you will be shuttled to the parking spots. So then? More money for “same company”, same new cars for same rental period?!

What about the car? Do I get the car i reserved?

Sometimes reserving a namely car, doesn’t actually secure you that car. Very often you will receive confirmation with “or Similar”, because pictures are only for information, not guaranteed. Picking a car rental through a travel search engine means looking at mostly identical entries, differentiated solely by price and pick-up location. To avoid not wake up with a similar car and avoid extra payment of local fees call before you click yes to anything, especially on busy holiday, summer or weekends.

Are there geographical or age restrictions?

Restrictions may apply for border across, even for rental contracts that feature unlimited mileage. Some car rental companies do not allow you to take their cars across certain international borders, or may apply an additional charge to do so. Call and ask about it! Ask about extra fees, ask about km. Most important ask about the Deposit held by the car rental company and ensure you have sufficient funds and if there are any age restrictions, additional charges may apply for drivers under 25. If the clerk has too many tips or avoid to talk about it…run away.

Save time and money with Premium Rent!

What is the true cost Car Rentals?

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We will try to answer to this question giving you some tips.

Buyers beware, the rates you see advertised in big print may become so inflated depends of the local taxes, airport surcharges, additional driver fees, insurance,  gasoline bills and drop-off charges that you will end up paying more than double what you expected. You need to learn and ask about these extra charges before paying anything.

The advertised rate may be valid only during the off-season or only for a car size that you would find unsuitable. Recently, major booking engines have become more transparent about car rentals and now, usually show the total cost of the rental, including estimated local taxes and fees, early in the booking process.

Car rental company also like the airlines have adopted an electronic management. That means that their computers can quickly readjust prices according to the changes in the supply or cars available, and so the rental rate you quoted is valid only at that moment.

Unless you reserve immediately, the rate is likely to change

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