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How To Save Money On Your Next Rental Car

By Jackie Chapman

When you go on vacation you may have to get a car rental once you get to your destination or you may get a rental car to go on vacation. There are many different places that you can get a rental car and there are many different rates that they will charge for the rentals.

While it is true that car rental companies usually charge by the size of the vehicle, the number of days, and sometimes the mileage that you put on the car during the time that you renting it. There could be other fees that you will be responsible for. These fees can add up quickly, such as extra insurance, GPS fees. You will want to be very aware of what you’re paying for upfront before signing paperwork.

Each location of the same company may charge extra rates, even for the same vehicle. It just may be true that the location you chose could be higher the one a few miles away. Usually places at the airport will charge you more than if you went to a local office in the same town. It may also cost you more if you take the car back and drop it off at the airport. Always compare the price of the rentals from the airport location and the nearest office to the airport when renting a car to get the best deal.

Consider the time of day it is when you do the rental. The time you rent the car may change the price. Sometimes you can get a better rate by waiting a few hours to rent it. If you rent it at 9am you may be charged more than if you rent it starting at 11:30am. I found this to be true by accident. A few hours when you decide to pick up the car can make the rental price lower. Check on the internet before you rent your car and test different times, and see if it makes a difference in prices.

Sometimes the extra insurance the car rental place offers may not be necessary. These fees can add up to be more than the daily rental fee. Before going on vacation and renting a vehicle, check with your insurance company to see if you can purchase a rider on your policy if your insurance doesn’t cover these fees. Purchasing the additional insurance from your own insurance company which the car rental agency requires, this can save you considerable money.

Before renting your next rental car check with the websites to see what discounts they offer. Maybe if you belong to a towing association or another organization, you can get a rental car discount.

Researching online can save you money also, check with the different websites to see which one you can get the best deal.

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Chapman, Jackie "How To Save Money On Your Next Rental Car." How To Save Money On Your Next Rental Car. 25 Jun. 2010. 29 Sep 2014 <>.

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Chapman, J (2010, June 25). How To Save Money On Your Next Rental Car. Retrieved September 29, 2014, from

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Chapman, Jackie "How To Save Money On Your Next Rental Car"

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