Saving Money on Car Rentals

Renting a car is sometimes necessary when you are away from home or your car is being repaired. Finding ways to save on the this expense can be very handy. This is a guide about saving money on car rental.

August 20, 2012 Flag
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We recently needed a rental car while our car was in the shop. I checked the online deals and they were all very high, perhaps because it is summer or perhaps our locale. I remembered that U-Haul advertises $29.95/day rentals. This does not include mileage, so be sure you will not be driving many miles.

Your best choices are a large van or a large pickup truck. They are not the easiest to drive, but our total was way less than the bargain car rentals. Also you do not need a large credit card deposit, only the estimate of the actual cost.


By Katherine C. from Reno, NV

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August 27, 20120 found this helpful

Normally I have been able to get better deals than the U-Haul, but not this time. Thanks for your feedback.

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August 28, 20120 found this helpful

Unfortunately we have found up here in Canada that a rental car company charges a $300 deposit on all their vehicles. Yes free mileage throughout our entire province but the initial deposit hurts small pockets. So I am with you on the U-Haul rental.

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August 17, 2010 Flag
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When you rent a car, figure out how to work everything before you leave the lot. This includes the headlights, heater, air conditioner, windshield wipers, windows, and trunk. If you have questions, you can get answers from the rental agent.

Source: Heloise

By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

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August 20, 20100 found this helpful

Gotta have hubby do this next time we need to rent a car/vehicle. We couldn't even change the radio station last time. :P

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August 11, 2011 Flag
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Renting a car allows you to drive yourself places when you are on a trip and don't have your own car. However, renting a car can be quite expensive. Here are a few tips to save money on renting a car:

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October 30, 2004 Flag
Shel Horowitz0 found this helpful

You can usually get a much better price by renting well in advance of your trip, especially if you reserve in a low season and travel in a high season

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September 10, 2006 Flag
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How do I minimize car rental charges and fees?

Johnp from Naples, Florida

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September 10, 20060 found this helpful

Make sure to check your credit cards. Be sure to use a card that has free rental car insurance so you don't have to pay for their expensive coverage.

Always book ahead of time. Stopping at the counter at the airport, and they will gouge you. I just came back from a two week trip. Our car was about $300, someone next to me paid $1,200 asking for a similar car at the airport. YIKES!

Also, use a comparison tool like kayak to compare all of the different rental agencies. Do online searches for coupon codes.

Sign up for the rental car clubs before you rent, sometimes you get added bonuses. :)

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September 13, 20060 found this helpful

I have worked for a car rental agency for 7 years and we are always

willing to help customers, especially this time of year when traveling slows

down drastically. Be sure you ask how much their taxes are, what mileage

is included, if it's okay to travel out of state(if applicable) and if they offer

discounts ie: AAA, AARP, weekly, weekend, etc. Shop around, look for smaller

independent places, take a smaller car if you can and don't be afraid to

ask questions. If you will be a regular customer of a company let them know

that also. Good Luc

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May 2, 20110 found this helpful

Sign up with your favorite car rental company and join their loyalty schemes. Nearly all car rental companies have them and you get really good savings.

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