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What to Consider when Renting a Car in Uganda



A car is a basic need for anyone who has to go out regularly and visit several places, for their day-to-day activities and tasks. For this purpose, owning a vehicle is of utmost importance for such a person. But even if you don’t, there are a variety of options available that you can invest in for your daily traveling needs. One such solution comes in the form of renting a car in Uganda a practice that’s as old as one can remember, and still so useful that even today’s world of technology can’t make it run out of business.

Whether you’re renting a car for the first time, or have rented them for years now, there are still a lot of things to keep an eye out for and find out before you get into the driver’s seat and get started on your journey. It’s important to remember these tips because they can very well define the kind of experience you’ll have and whether it’ll be worthwhile or not.

Check the Car’s Exterior

It’s essential that you check the car’s exterior, and even interior, properly before you sign up to ride it. This is because you need to spot any form of wear and tear that might not just make your traveling experience uncomfortable but also, you don’t want to be responsible for damage that you didn’t even cause in the first place. Therefore, it’s vital that you inspect the car for any dents or scratches before you head on your journey.

At Self-drive Uganda, every car is cared with the utmost levels of maintenance and servicing, meaning you don’t need to worry about the car’s condition as you rent it out for a drive.

Inquire about the Car’s Fuel

The kind of fuel any car uses depends upon the car’s engine and vehicle manufacture. Hence, it’s important to figure out from the rental company beforehand the kind of fuel the car you’re renting prefers to run on. This will save you a lot of time and money since you’ll be providing the car with the utmost level of proper servicing throughout your journey, and avoid inconveniences along the way.

Extras you can choose or refuse 

The staff will probably offer you extra but optional insurance. Extra insurance policies could reduce your deductible or override the security deposit requirement. Either way, taking out this additional insurance is totally up to you and not legally required. Take your time to review what is or isn’t included in the base price.

The staff might also offer you an upgrade. We recommend calculating how much an upgrade will affect the total. It’s easy to forget that the price of an upgrade is usually listed by the day, so it’ll get multiplied then added to what you already paid. Calculate the total adjusted price of your trip before accepting an upgrade.

Be on Schedule

The number one rule you need to be aware of after renting a car is to be on schedule to make sure you’re delivering the car back to the rental place at the right time so that you avoid having to pay extra charges. Hence, it’s absolutely vital that you are on schedule with your trip, not only does this save you from spending extra, but also shows you to be responsible and professional, making you a preferred customer at the rental services.

Whatever your adventure, Self-drive Uganda has a fleet of well-maintained vehicles to fit your needs from retail to corporate rental agreements and services available at your disposal.

Plan Your Journey Beforehand

One important thing to keep in mind before going on your adventure is to plan your trip ahead. This will allow you to assess which route you’ll be driving through, what kind of roads you’ll encounter, and on the basis of this information, you’ll be able to figure out the kind of car you need for your journey. For e.g. if your adventure includes going through rough pathways, you may want to rent an SUV, whereas if your path includes just staying on a smooth road, a Sedan will be enough for you.

Carry your documents

Whenever you go to a rental vehicle agency, make sure you have carried your documents. A driver’s license and other related documents should be there. Otherwise, no agency will help you in the same. Also, take your credit card because some platforms don’t allow customers to use their debit cards.

Use a credit card when picking up the wheels

It is essential to use a credit card to rent a vehicle. If you consider a debit card, you might have to handle extra charges. Almost all transport rental agencies prefer credit cards over debit cards. Even if you use a debit card, these companies will first check your credit score. However, using them is not prevalent these days.

Familiarize yourself with the vehicle

Every vehicle has different features. Sometimes, it becomes hard to understand them in detail. It is always better to first familiarize yourself with it before driving it. Many people often forget to do this. You should never forget this step if you wish to get a rental car.

Know where you are heading

It is one of the most important things to consider before getting rental wheels. If you don’t even know where you are going, how will you identify your budget? Sometimes, users just go without planning anything. It makes them vulnerable to various expenses.


Depending on the reason for your journey, travel is fun, exciting, productive and sometimes stressful. That’s true whether you’re enjoying a solo adventure, road tripping with friends or family, or traveling for business. Choosing the right rental car for your trip should never be a problem, and as long as you pay attention to the details, it won’t be.

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