Going around a new place is exciting and if you're thinking of driving around on your own, you'd better understand some of the things to know before renting a self-drive car while in Cebu.

Driving by yourself around Cebu or any place for that matter especially if it's your first time can be quite tricky. For one thing, you are not yet familiar with the city. Second, Cebu ranks second most populous metropolitan area in the country. The good news is, Cebu, being a hub for international tourists, have many amenities catering to foreign visitors, such as self-drive car rental companies.

Using a self-drive car is more convenient. You do not have to use public transportation. You do not have to call a taxi every time you wish to go out and explore. Driving your own vehicle during your stay in Cebu is safer, as well. Depending on the size of your group you can chose either sedan or van for rental in Cebu.

Of course, you need to know your way around Cebu to go around by yourself. Here are some things you should know before renting a self-drive car while in Cebu.

1. Search for self-drive car rentals in Cebu

It's essential for you to do your research before you fly to Cebu. Most rental companies in Cebu have websites so can see and compare what they offer. Check out their portfolios, look at the cars they have and compare their charges when renting self-drive vehicles.

There are many options for car rental in Cebu, but we guarantee the lowest prices. As an example Toyota Wigo for as low as 1,300 pesos per day, for 24 hours.

2. Pre-book the car rental

Save yourself from the hassle of paperwork when you need the car immediately. It is better to get in touch with the car rental company once you've made the choice and book a self-drive car prior to your arrival. Most companies can do the bookings online. But it is best to discuss the terms through email or phone with the car rental representative to know the requirements, the amount you're going to pay and the type of car you'll be given depending on your purpose.

As for van rental you have a choice, either Hyundai Starex, easily fits 9 people for 2,000 pesos per day. Or you can choose Foton Gratour for 1,500 pesos per day.

3. Thoroughly check the car's condition before you use it

This is a priority when you want a self-drive rental car. The rental company expects that the car will be returned to them in the same condition as when you got it. Thus, it is critical to check and keep a record of the car's condition to avoid being charged for damages that you did not cause.

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4. Ensure that there are no hidden charges

Extra fees are charged by Cebu car rental shops for drivers who are below 25 years of age. If you are not yet 25 years old, inquire about other charges the company may charge, including charges for distance covered.

5. Driving restrictions

Before picking up the car, see to it that you know the driving restrictions of the car rental company in Cebu. Aside from a valid international driver's license, some only allow the car to be driven on paved roads, while some charge extra when you go further than the agreed distance. You should also check how to return the car.

Follow these things to know before renting a self-drive car while in Cebu and you'll have a more comfortable stay in the city.