Most of us rent cars with the goal of getting the process done as quickly as possible. This approach can be a mistake. If you aren’t careful, you can end up paying a lot more than you should.
I can hear you now. Ah, all rental car companies charge basically the same thing. Wrong! They don’t and the difference between prices can be substantial. One way they “get you” is to charge a cheap daily rate, but crank on the mileage costs and add other fees like cleaning and the like. Trust me, it adds up quickly.
The first thing to understand is renting a car at an airport is about the worst step you can take. Why? It is expensive. You are usually hit with an “airport service” fee of some sort that will add 10 to 50 bucks to your rental cost. Then there may be other miscellaneous fees that sound like they are required by the airport, but are really just made up charges by the company to raise their profits. Whatever you do, don’t rent at the airport.
You need insurance when driving a rental car, right? Yes, this is correct. The key thing to understand, however, is you don’t need to buy the insurance being promoted by the car rental company. Your personal car insurance will cover it. The insurance policies offered by the insurer are just for pure profit, so don’t be a sucker.
Let’s say you head out for a vacation or trip that is going to take three or four days such as with Thanksgiving or Christmas. The car rental rates can be very high during these periods, but there is a trick you can use to get around them. Car rental companies offer a per day and per week rate. The weekly rate is based on a 5 day period. It is significantly less than the daily rate. Often, you can rent a car for the weekly period and still pay less than you would for a three or four day daily rental. Try it out. You’ll be shocked.
Can you save money when renting a car for your vacation or business trip? Absolutely. Just follow these tips and you’ll be shocked how much you will save.