Saving Money on Car Rentals

August 20, 2012

Car Rental SignWe 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 17, 2010

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.

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August 11, 2011

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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Shel Horowitz
October 30, 2004

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

How do I minimize car rental charges and fees?

Johnp from Naples, Florida


By JS (Guest Post)
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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