5 Things To Consider Before Renting A Car In Kuala Lumpur

If you plan to undertake a journey into Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia in a rental car, a few precautions are necessary to make the travel stress free. It will be much ideal to rent out a car before beginning of the trip to make the journey enjoyable at the end.

The following are 5 things to consider before going for a rental car.

1) Do a little home work.

Like any other financial dealing, you are required to take some precautions to help you save your money. If you have your own insurance, make sure that it is sufficient to cover the rental car. The fact is that a traveler need not take the rental car insurance, if he has his own coverage adequate enough to protect him.

If the renter has no personal car the need arises. In such cases the high priced rental company insurance is preferable than going without insurance.

2) Understand your car rental agreement.

It is important for you to learn and understand the terms and conditions of a rental car agreement. This vital requirement should not be deferred or ignored until an actual problem arises later.

Some important points to clarify are whether there is any restriction for number of kilometers to travel on a day and/or whether unlimited mileage is permitted. The second choice of unlimited mileage is always flexible and hence preferable.

Some rental companies in KL offer fuel option so that the renter has to pay up front for the petrol in the tank, in which case, there is no need for fuelling the car at the end of the journey. In all other cases petrol need to be filled before returning the car. Better choice will be buying the gasoline as and when needed.

3) Know what you are renting.

In many cases the travelers may look into the aspects of insurance, mileage gasoline but may fail to look at the physical condition of the car they rent. Sometimes the vehicle you rent out may have some dents, scratches or other defects on its body which the companies may dispute and pinpoint the responsibility on you, if you have not pre-checked it.

A feedback has shown similar experiences to many travelers in Malaysia. Hence prior to taking the car on rent the company reprehensive should be shown all such defects in advance. Photo documentation with your camera will be good for you to play safe.

4) Look for value but pay for ease of mind.

The car rental industry in Malaysia is a fast growing business with stiff competitions by many companies. There are several major players and small companies in the Kuala Lumpur area. Lowest price always happens to be a better choice for everyone, but that alone should not be taken as criteria for choosing a rental car.

Some small and less known companies may charge less, but problems may arise in their dealings later. It is better to go for brand companies or well-known smaller companies, than renting a car from some start-up companies.

5) Stress on the small details.

Some small issues always lie which go undiscussed while hiring a rental car. The points to clarify at the beginning include:

i) Whether original renter has to bring back the vehicle to the same location.

ii) Whether any extra charge is payable if the driver is within a particular age group.

iii) Whether there are any hidden charges that are not initially disclosed by the company.

Vacation and business travelers into Kuala Lumpur can be made stress-free, if the people care to plan their journey before beginning a trip. The start point should be the rental process itself to avoid chances of waste of money. The precautions enunciated above will go a long way in helping a traveler to make stress free and economic journey.

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By | 2012-09-20T22:44:40+08:00 May 23rd, 2012|Driving In Malaysia|11 Comments

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  1. Jeolah Charles May 24, 2012 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Hi, came across your blog and was wondering if you Could help me. The company that I am working for requires their staff to drive the company car, which is an automatic mini cooper. However, although all the employees already have their licenses for a few years, they want to test their competency and get a driving instructor to confirm that they are capable of handling and driving the company car.

    What we have in mind is maybe you or another instructor could meet us at a designated area and each one perhaps drive a specific route for about 20 minutes, and at the end of each person’s drive, the instructor comments and asserts whether the driver is capable. The test should include normal handling and reverse parking. I hope you understand what we would like and we would appreciate if you gave us your suggestions as well. If you would like for us to come to a driving school, that would be ok as we’ll.

    I need a confirmation or quote as soon as possible and would greatly appreciate it if you came back to me as soon as possible!

    Thank you so much

    Joelah Charles

    • Cikgu Yap May 24, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Thank you for visiting Driving School Malaysia blog. I’ll contact you on your email.

  2. M Tan May 25, 2012 at 5:28 am - Reply

    I have to drive back from a rural town in Italy to Venice next week. Can l use my Malaysian Driving License to rent the car and drive to Venice?

    Urgent as l will be flying on 2 June 2012.


    • Cikgu Yap May 26, 2012 at 10:57 am - Reply

      You should be able to use your Malaysian driving license in Italy.

  3. susu May 25, 2012 at 5:29 am - Reply

    Hi Cikgu Yap, I m going Gold Coast for holiday, we will rent a car to go around, the car hirer requested the driving license must be in english, May I know where and how can I convert if I dun wan international license?


    • Cikgu Yap May 26, 2012 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Try getting a translation from JPJ. Failing which, attempt translating your license into English yourself.

  4. Jay May 28, 2012 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Thanks for providing this service, indeed very useful.

    I would like to find out if a Malaysian citizen currently living in the UK (PR) and possessing a UK driving license is allowed to purchase a car in Malaysia, without having a malaysian driving license.

    • Cikgu Yap May 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm - Reply

      You should be able to purchase a car here in Malaysia.

  5. Sathish June 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm - Reply


    Kindly help me to clarify the below:
    Currently I am residing in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. I have India Car driving licence. Iam planning to convert my India Car Driving licence to International Driving licence in Kuala Lumpur. But i would like to get more practice on Car Driving in Kuala lumpur.

    Is there any driving school available in KL to provide training on Car driving (no need for driving licence, since i am holding india driving licence) ?

    If yes, would you please suggest the driving school?


    • Cikgu Yap June 6, 2012 at 7:24 am - Reply

      I am rather uncertain if you can convert Indian license into IDL here. Please confirm with the authority here. Regarding driving license, please provide your contact information.

  6. Nanditha August 28, 2012 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Hi I am an expat living in KL. My weekend is on a Thursday and Friday. Ive been wanting to learn to drive for a long time and finally got round to doing something about it….

    but, when I call different schools their fees vary quite significantly and different schools seem to have different days that i can do the highway stuff…

    do you have any recommendations in terms of schools and instructors…. (I live in the Bangsar area)
    you help is much appreciated…

    great and useful blog by the way :)

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