Self-driven car rental in India...
Renting a car in India invariably includes a driver. In contrast, in Europe or US, self-driving is the only option most of the time while renting a car from airports or city locations of rental companies and cars are available for hiring on-the-spot even in case prior booking has not been made. In India rent-a-car business is not as large as in the West and therefore prior booking is a must for rental cars in general and self-drive cars in particular.
In addition to convenience, self-driving is also economical since travel cost could be almost half of the fare incurred for travel in a taxi.
Give self-driving a try!
Across India road conditions vary widely and traffic congestion in cities during peak hours is particularly bad. Disciplined driving is an exception rather than the norm. Taxis, auto rickshaws, motor cycles, scooters, trucks and bicycles jostle for space on roads. Visitors who wish to self-drive would have to cope with these situations.
Additionally, for self-driven cars, older rental companies demand large deposits (of Rs 50,000 and above) upfront, towards cost of damages, if any. This deposit can be paid in cash or by blocking the amount in credit card. However, startups ask for much lower security deposit which may be as low as Rs 5,000.
Documents to be presented at the time of hiring are photocopies of Indian driving license or International driving permit, passport or acceptable ID and credit card. Daily rental charges are for 8 hours/80 km and per hour/per km rates are applicable beyond that. A few companies allow you to pick up the car from one location in India and hand over the same at another location.