Your guide to great car rental savings.
You’re in the mood for a road trip! You’re looking for a car to rent. One, that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We can help you figure it out. Check out these ten tips that will help you rent a car for a lot less than expected or advertised.
Leave The Airport
Rentals at the airport always cost more. Look up local rental agencies online and compare prices. You’re likely to find something very reasonable somewhere in the city. Just remember to add the cost of your cab ride from the airport to the rental agency to the total cost and if it adds up to significant savings, that’s the way to go.
There are plenty of sites specializing in helping travelers save money on everything including flights, hotels, guided tours and even car rentals. Check sites that aggregate rentals, then when you find something that interests you, go directly to that rental agency’s website and book directly with them. Even after booking, keep checking for better deals. You could always cancel and rebook if you find something better.
Big brands like Hertz, Avis, etc aren’t your only options. There are always other established local brands that can provide good service for a lot less. These companies offer lower per day costs which when multiplied to over the duration of the total rental, save you a lot of money.
Some credit cards, department stores, airlines and auto-support memberships can also offer smart deals for car rentals. The tie-ups these companies have ensure that their loyal customers get better deals wherever they go. So, check if you have access to great deals like these.
When you choose a car to rent, it can be tempting to go for something a little flashier than what you normally drive. After all, it’s only for a few days. You don’t have to live with the car or maintain it yourself. But the per day cost would be higher and the insurance premium may be higher too. You’d end up paying much more. So, go for the smallest, most economically sized car that meets your needs and save.
Everybody Doesn’t Drive
Rental companies usually charge extra if more than one person will be driving the car. If you’re okay, pick one person as the designated driver and stick with that option. Or choose an agency that will waive the fee for immediate family members or for people who get this offer thanks to other memberships they may have.
To save money, don’t buy the insurance the rental agency sells. Your primary insurance or your credit card may offer you coverage. Check out the details so you can save that cost.
If you’re confident enough, don’t sign up for roadside assistance, GPS or satellite radio. Choosing the most basic package can be a good idea.
Some rental agencies offer prepaid fuel options. Check what the local rates are and you may find yourself with some extra cash in your pocket.
If the city you’re visiting has great public transportation or if everything is within walking distance, don’t rent a car at all. Cabs, ridesharing apps and similar options can save you a lot of money.