There is no better way to enjoy a place than by driving around. You do not have to worry about schedules, you also do not have to walk to certain destinations that public transportation does not reach, you own your time because you can be as early or as late as you want, and you can make a stop if ever you see something worth visiting — like a shop or a scenery — and taking a picture. You are basically giving yourself freedom.

Unfortunately, bringing your own car (if you have one) is not always possible, especially when you are traveling by air or to any far destination that does not connect by land. Luckily, there are still ways to drive when you arrive at your destination, and that is thanks to car rental services.

Like any other city in the world, car rental services are available in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Driving your own can help you enjoy the city and its outskirts more than going on a local commute. If you have not heard, it could be troublesome to commute since the city only has a few train lines and you mostly have to travel by bus, jeepney, or tricycle.

But, like other rental deals, it pays to be ready when getting into a deal. RentCarManila.com and other experts list some things worth remembering when choosing your first car rental:

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1. Research before booking

There are many car rental services available in the city. The best way to find a good deal is to do extensive research of the companies offering such services. Asking for their rates and comparing them can help you have an idea on the best deal to choose.

2. Use your credit card

It is better to use your credit card when paying. Most rental companies check your credit standing before approving your rental application, and some even offer an insurance for the car you are going to drive. After all, it is a car you are renting and it does not come cheap.

3. Know your needs

What is your purpose for renting a car? Who will be riding them? For how long would you need it? Determining your needs before closing a deal can help you get the right one. The last thing you want is paying a huge amount for a high-class car only to find out that your family will not be able to fit in it comfortably. Do your research and then decide on the car type to rent.

4. Rental terms

Different companies have different rental terms. Most companies charge depending on the duration you would use the car — some by the hour, others by the day. It pays to understand how they charge their fees to determine which deal would work best for you.

If you have already heard how difficult public transportation is in Manila, you would definitely want to rent your own ride. Keep these things in mind when renting a car and see how it can help you find the right one.