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What Causes Rental Car Breakdowns?



Breakdowns can happen for various reasons, some preventable, others not. Here are some common culprits that Rent Car Rwanda would like to share with you: 

  • Mechanical Mishaps:

    It’s important to remember that rental cars are constantly in use. While rental companies strive for meticulous maintenance, things can go wrong. Here are some specific mechanical woes you might encounter:

    • Tire Troubles: Flat tires are a common occurrence, especially on long journeys. They can be caused by punctures from road debris, uneven wear and tear, or improper tire pressure (check the pressure before you drive off!).
    • Battery Blues: A dead battery can leave you stranded. Extreme temperatures, leaving lights on accidentally, or even short trips can all contribute to a drained battery.
    • Warning Light Woes: Don’t ignore those dashboard lights! They’re there to alert you to potential problems. Ignoring them can lead to more serious issues down the road (pun intended).
  • Driver Errors:

    A little forgetfulness can turn into a big inconvenience:

    • Fuel Faux Pas: Running out of gas or putting in the wrong type of fuel can be easily avoided with a quick check before you depart. Ensure you know the fuel type required by the car and plan your gas station stops strategically.
    • Mishaps with Manuals: If you’re not accustomed to driving a manual transmission car, accidentally stalling or riding the clutch can lead to problems. Be honest about your driving experience when renting a car.
    • Ignoring the Manual: Rental car manuals are often overlooked, but they contain valuable information on the vehicle’s operation and potential warning signs. A glance can prevent misuse and potential breakdowns.
  • Road Unexpected Issues:

    External factors can also play a role in breakdowns:

    • Poor Weather Conditions: Extreme heat or cold can affect your car’s performance. Overheating or problems starting the engine in frigid temperatures are potential issues.
    • Poor Roads Conditions: Uneven roads and unexpected potholes can cause damage to tires, wheels, or even the car’s undercarriage. Drive cautiously on unfamiliar roads and be aware of potential road hazards. Therefore, we recommend hiring a professional drive to make you familiarize with the trip comfortably,  one of the best thing we know we are good at.
    • Off-Roading Adventures: Rental car agreements typically restrict off-road driving. Taking the car on rugged terrain it’s not meant for can lead to serious breakdowns and potential voiding of your insurance coverage.

Facing car trouble or an accident, especially in unfamiliar territory, can be stressful. By familiarizing yourself with common issues and procedures beforehand, you’ll be better prepared to handle the situation effectively. This can minimize delays, ensure your safety, and help resolve the situation smoothly. And at Rent Car Rwanda, we made this easy with our clients.

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