Thursday, December 16, 2010

Rental Cars


Car rental rates seem to be going higher and higher. Why? According to Travel and Leisure, rental car companies have fewer cars available to rent...therefore higher prices. When you need to rent a car, you might want to keep these ideas in mind.

Look for online coupons or discounts. I have not used this online service, www.autoslash.com, but supposedly they search for discounts and apply them to your rental booking.

Do not take the prepaid gas option. Look for gas stations near the rental place when you pick up your car.

Check your car insurance before you go. Chances are you are already covered by it for car rentals.

If your loyalty program has great rates...then use them. But do check out other sites. You just may find lower prices elsewhere.

Make sure you know exactly what you are paying for when renting. Does the company charge extra for additional drivers? Are there extra airport fees? Does the site close early in the evening, causing you to add an additional day to your rental? When booking on line, make sure you have all the charges accounted for before you rent.

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