I have been renting a car almost every weekend since my family is here in Abu Dhabi. It is more economical for us to rent a car than to travel in public transportation. Not only that, it is very convenient too considering that we have a baby.
I did a bit of research earlier and my decision in choosing a car rental company was based on two important factors – office location of the car rental company and the payment terms.
I had been leasing car since 2010 and in my previous post, I even recommended AutoRent Car Rental Company. Personally I still prefer to lease in AutoRent but this time I have two issues. Their office is a bit far from my home. I already anticipated that I will be returning the car only in the evenings and their office location is really out of way from where I live. Also, they require credit card guarantee. My issue here is they will hold certain amount and since it is credit card, the amount will be released only after 14 days. I am not very in favor of this arrangement because I will be renting only on weekend unlike before it was a long term lease.
Anyway, I found Motorway Rent a Car company in Khalifa St. which just like 3 minutes walk from my home. It is really very convenient in terms of location. We can come back late in the evening and return the car without any hassles.
They require driving license and labor card when renting a car. As for the deposit, you have two options. You can either make a deposit of AED 1,500 or leave your Labour Card and they will keep it for three days after you return the car. There are some fines like for over speeding that does not appear immediately in the system. So they keep your card as a guarantee in case you have penalty.
The charge for Salik is AED 5 per way.
As for the insurance, the car is fully insured but with percent of repair charge in case of accidents. It means – if ever there is a car accident the rental company will charge you AED 1,500 provided you present a police report and you will also shoulder the 20% of the total repair cost. This is the least part I like in renting cars though AutoRent has better insurance coverage but at an extra cost.
Honestly, if it is not of their office location, I will not use Motorway Rent a Car in Abu Dhabi. Though I befriended already their employees, still they need to improve badly their level of service and professionalism. They are not really customer service oriented and the service is poor in general. The car is not as tidy as it should be when given to the customer.
But as I said, the location of their office is very convenient to me. It is the only reason that I am renting a car from them.
Tip. When renting a car on weekends, always ask for weekend rates. You will usually get 25-30% off than the normal daily rental price.