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How to Avoid Being Overcharged for Car Rentals

March 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Summary: Car rental companies like to hide certain fees in their contracts.

Planning a vacation to Abu Dhabi can be a hassle when it comes to finding a trustworthy car rental business that’s worth your time. With so many dishonest businesses, how do you differentiate one from another. Sure, the brochures may look appealing and impossible to pass down, but what really goes on when it comes time to sign the contract?

How to Find a Scam

Prices that are too good to be true may actually be a sign that you’re going to pay more in the long run. Remember, a business can advertise a certain price for a car hire in Abu Dhabi, say $20 for a premium vehicle, but it doesn’t mean that you’re going to pay $20 plus tax. Additionally, there are going to be fees that may apply to you if you’re not careful. These could be anything from not filling up the gas to a certain level, insurance costs, maintenance fees, etc.

Furthermore, these can add up to an amount that’s more than five times the initial advertised rate. So, save yourself the time and the hassle and consult with them beforehand. Know what fees are applicable and have them do the work in advance. The last thing you’ll want is to find a car lease in Abu Dhabi only to be stuck with that one option due to time constraints. Needless to say, it’s likely to ruin your vacation and even leave a bad taste in your mouth. That’s not really the way you want to start your vacation.

Bio: Monte Carlo Rent A Car, LLC can help you find the best available monthly car rental in Abu Dhabi for the cheapest price. Leave it to the pros at Monte Carlo to help plan your next car rental today.

The Advantages of Prepaying for Rental Cars

January 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 


When it comes to obtaining discounts for rental cars there are numerous ways that you can lower the overall price. For example, if you’re looking to sign up for a monthly car rental in Abu Dhabi, you could save significantly more just by prepaying. Here is a brief breakdown on how you can go about that.

The Advantages

Rental companies, similar to hotels, offer discounts that could go up to a whopping 20 percent to travelers that are willing to pay in advance. Many of these rental companies feature a “pay now” option on their websites, which will allow you to pay the allotted price in advance. Financially, this is always a better option.

When you compare it to paying at the car rental business, you’ll notice that you’ll score a better deal 9 times out of 10. This means, that car hire in Abu Dhabi that you’ve been searching for can be reserved in advance while you could potentially save hundreds. It’s a win-win deal for all travelers. Be wary of the cancellation policies though. You need to be sure that you are committed to renting a car with that specific company or else you may be submitted to a cancellation charge. These charges vary based on the company so it always pays to check first.

The Bottom Line

Many companies are willing to offer deep discounts to families that are willing to agree to a preset price. Take a look at numerous companies and you’ll see that you could be saving a solid amount.

Monte Carlo Rent A Car, LLC can help you procure the perfect car lease in Abu Dhabi for the most reasonable rate. Representatives are standing by to assist you today.

Top Car Rental Scams That You Can Avoid

October 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Car rental companies are getting trickier when it comes to their sales process.

car-rental-scam-tipsAre you planning to rent a car in Abu Dhabi for your next family vacation? It sounds like a relatively easy process right? Just handpick the car that you want, sign on the dotted line, and pay a set cost, what could go wrong? One word – everything.

If you aren’t careful, that company that you got a short term car rental in Abu Dhabi from could potentially be scamming you. And, you wouldn’t even know it! With competition always on the rise and finances always placed at the forefront of rental companies, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that these so-called “discount car rental companies” are pulling your strings. Here are some of the most common scams that people fall for.

Don’t Fall For the “Upgraded Package”

If a car rental company runs out of the class of vehicle that you have requested, they will essentially offer to upgrade you to a more expensive vehicle “for free”. As soon as you hear the word “free”, you may be intrigued. But, before they actually go through with it, they may try to talk you into paying a small transfer fee before getting the actual luxury car that was promised. Just say no.

Watch Out For “Reduced” Gas Offers

Many times car rental companies will use a tactic where they will offer you a car with a full tank for a “reduced price”. In most cases, this “reduced” price falls within pennies of the local gas stations and any unused gas that you leave in the car will go back to the company who will then re-sell it at a “reduced” price. Just take the time to fill it on your own.

For a monthly car rental in Abu Dhabi, contact Monte Carlo Rent A Car, LLC for the finest vehicles at the most competitive rates.

Safety Tips for Travelling Abroad

May 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

Depending on where you go, some countries offer more safety than others but you should never travel complacently. Always have safety in mind before you do anything out of the ordinary, and make sure you have a backup plan for money in case you’re mugged.  Because it’s always better to be safe than sorry, we offer these tips to help you travel safely while you leave your home country.

Where to Stay

Look for well-known chain hotels, as they are far safer than the Air BnB equivalent. The flipside is that these hotels might be more expensive. If possible, you can book a private room if you can manage to meet with the host. It’s also a good idea to look up crime data on the neighborhood/city you’re planning to stay at.

How to Dress

Women should dress conservatively when visiting another country, even one with less than conservative values. You simply never know, and it’s best to avoid unwanted attention in a foreign land. Men and women should avoid wearing flash clothes or jewelry for the same reason.

How to Act

Learn some of the basic customs for the place you plan to travel to. For example, learn how to order at a restaurant and proper etiquette to eat.  There may be other customs too, like bowing at the end of a conversation. Knowing these small details will help make natives a bit warmer towards you, as it shows you care about their culture and you’re willing to make an effort to show it.

Samuel Phineas Uphamis an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Samual Phineas Upham website or Linkedin page.

How to Book Long Term Car Rentals in the UAE

April 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Monte Carlo Rent A Car

Booking a car rental in the UAE is simple and easy.

You might think booking a long term car rental in Amman, Jordan would be a complicated process and you’d be incorrect in that assumption. Lots of people take vacations to the UAE, and many of those people stay for months at a time. If you’re not going to lease then a long term car rental makes a great deal of financial sense. Here are the things you need to know to book your rental hassle free.

Airport Service

Booking a car hire in Amman Airport couldn’t be easier. In fact, many rental agencies can supply a driver to take you around the city if you like. International travelers have to deal with the strain of jet lag, and no one wants to queue for a line after a red eye flight. Airport service makes your trip easy and simple. Step off the plane, collect your car and you’ll be on your way in no time.

Booking a Driver

Most car rentals in Jordan have the option to hire a driver as well. For newcomers, this is actually a great deal. The roads in UAE can be chaotic at times, and if you’re not used to driving on the opposite side of the street then you’re in for a surprise. Airport service also helps cut the stress of travel. You can sleep in the backseat while you’re driven to your apartment.

Final Thoughts

Don’t forget insurance! There’s a good chance defensive drivers will be fine, but even they are not protected from hitting a parking barrier. Play it safe, get insurance and drive with peace of mind.

Hong Kong Street Markets

February 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

One of the must-see landmarks on any trip to Hong Kong is a visit to any one of the city’s street markets. Most people know about the city’s substantial malls and shopping centers, but they aren’t nearly as much fun as visiting a street market. There, you can find nearly anything your heart desires. So long as you can haggle for it, these items can be yours for prices that are basically unheard of stateside.

Walking a Hong Kong street market can be disorienting for the outsider. The places are set up like swap meets. There will be stalls, with boxes stacked up against one another, full of oddities. One stall might sell vintage postcards, another Bruce Lee posters and t-shirts. There are movie vendors, selling both legal and illegal copies of films.

Fresh fruit is nearly everywhere. It’s not hard to find a mango or longan to eat, and there are candy vendors too. Bright neon signs tower overhead, and the combination of smells can feel intoxicating at times.

Nestled within these dimly lit malls are incredible eateries. Visit enough of them and you’ll come across prime spots for dim sum, or skewers. Pastries wrapped in bean curd are served as well, with all manner of sauces to sweeten or spice things up.

Some of the more interesting items to look for? Tea and whiskey. If you drink either, you’ll find a few purveyors situated across the various street markets, hocking wares of varying qualities. Look hard enough and you’ll come across the Nepalese whiskey bar, where the drinks are cheap and the whiskey is strong.

About the Author: Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Facebook page.

Explore California’s Oldest Science Museum: California Academy of Sciences

December 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

If you’re looking for a neat trip off the beaten path of San Francisco’s usual landmarks, consider checking out the California Academy of Sciences. The Academy has a public face that operates as its outreach center, and it contains some truly amazing sights.

One of the first things you’ll notice is the museum’s giant planetarium, and the rainforest globe. It’s the world’s largest digital planetarium, with a screen measuring 75 feet in diameter. The museum contains several exhibits that display natural history. The East Wing contains the Foulcault Pendulum. The West Wing contains a fully-operational science lab staffed by scientists that the public can view doing their work.

One of the more impressive hands-on exhibits is the rainforest globe. A 90 foot glass dome houses a living rainforest. The humidity and heating is all controlled to simulate rainforest life with actual rainforest species living and thriving. Guests can step inside and watch the wildlife frolic as they walk through the different levels of the globe, which simulate the many layers of rainforest.

The museum is impressive, but it’s merely a means for communicating the incredible scientific contributions that have been made there. Even the “project lab” is just a small portion of the very large academic operation going on there. Almost half of the structure is occupied by laboratories and research facilities.

If you go to the Academy of Sciences, you’re bound to learn something new and see something incredible. Just make sure butterflies don’t cling to you as you leave the rainforest.

About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or Twitter.

Hotel or Rental? Your Best Options for Grand Cayman

November 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

grand-cayman-aerialSo you’ve decided to book a trip to the lovely beaches of Grand Cayman, now for the big question: hotel or rental? The answer to this question could be the difference in hundreds of dollars, and an authentic experience. Here, we’ll attempt to show some of the pros and cons of both hotels and renting from Cayman Islands property leasing.


Hotels offer some excellent views of the area, and occupy some prime land space. The flipside is that apartments, condos and houses also offer the same stunning views in a property you can call your own for the duration of your stay. Kitchens, for instance, are simple pleasures you’ll love to come home to at least a few times throughout your trip. Renting a home or condo gives you those kinds of options.


Hotels offer the usual amenities, including a breakfast service, gym, pool and lounge space. Condos also offer those amenities, sometimes with breakfast served in your room. Condos may have other special touches too. Some owners, for instance, like to leave bicycles or surfboards for guests to use. That personal touch isn’t available at a hotel.


A hotel offers you a private room, a home offers you a private residence in an authentic Grand Cayman neighborhood. It might be too much space for smaller groups, like a family looking to travel on a budget, but homes offer seclusion and space to relax. That’s one of the reasons why celebrities keep coming back to Grand Cayman.

Before you book your stay, browse the Web for property management in Cayman Islands. The benefits far outweigh the usual hotel fair, and you get a unique experience instead of the same tired room.

REM Services is a Caribbean property management company that specializes in both commercial and residential properties.

The Weather in Abu Dhabi

November 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Here are some tips on when to travel to Abu Dhabi and get the most out of it.

The modern city of Abu Dhabi has always been a popular tourist destination. A beautiful, scenic view mixed with a captivating cultural experience makes this gorgeous city a masterpiece of all sorts. If you’re looking to travel to Abu Dhabi, here are some tips on the best time of the year to travel and what you’ll normally experience when it comes to the year-round weather.

Normally, the best time to visit Abu Dhabi is during November through February where the weather is typically cooler than normal. This makes for leisurely strolls throughout the city without any worry of getting scorched by the blistering sun.

Travelling through the city from one destination to another can be a hassle on foot. Finding a car for hire in Abu Dhabi will not only make travelling a lot easier, but most importantly it’ll save you time to partake in more activities and events.montecar1

Expect October, March and April to be on the hotter side. This time of the year is perfect to visit their luxurious beaches. Along the road you’ll see Abu Dhabi’s flowers blooming in bright colors. Be sure to stop by one of their parks to experience its’ tranquil environment.

July through August are the hottest months out of the year with temperatures reaching up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be an unpleasant experience for many and there’s a possibility that you’ll have to miss out on certain events due to the extreme heat. If you’re planning on staying in the city for a longer period of time, a long term car rental in Abu Dhabi may be the solution. Be sure to speak to a local car dealer for recommendations on deals and recommendations.

Monte Carlo Rent A Car, LLC has car rentals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and UAE. Visit one of their branches today.

Make Sure You’re Able to Get Around in Grand Cayman

November 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Andy’s Rent-A-Car

It’s hard to imagine that anyone could leave Grand Cayman with regrets. Even if you’ve never been here before, you’ve probably seen enough pictures to know this place is unrivaled for its beauty. There’s also a long list of things to do while you’re here as well. No matter what you’re into, this part of the world will have a number of things for you to do.

Andys6However, if you talk to anyone who’s been there or is even preparing for their return visit, you’ll hear that they basically all have the same regret: they didn’t have a rental car.

Having a rent-a-car in Grand Cayman is vital for making the most of your trip. Thanks to Cayman Islands car rentals, you can go wherever you like, stay for as long as you like and even return if you feel like it.

Although there are buses and cabs on the islands and your hotel may even offer a shuttle service, none of these options are ideal. You’ll still have to wait for someone else to decide when you can proceed with your vacation and there can be all kinds of unexpected delays too.

That’s why you should learn from others and invest in your own transportation before it’s time for vacation.


If you have a vacation to Grand Cayman coming up, don’t forget the most important part. Contact Andy’s Rent-a-Car to invest in your own Cayman Islands car hire and enjoy your vacation on your own terms.

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