Renting a car can be among the many expenses that come with planning your vacation. But it is possible to get a good deal on a rental vehicle. Do your homework before the trip to compare rates and save cash. Sample prices below were quotes for September 2010 rentals.
You usually pay more for a larger vehicle, but not always. For example, a three-day rental in Tampa, Florida cost $108 for a small car, $92 for a full-size car and $537 for a large SUV with one company. Read the quote details to determine how many people and suitcases each vehicle holds.
Be sure to get quotes from multiple rental car companies to make sure you’re getting the best deal. Renting a full-size car for three days in Louisville, Kentucky cost $143 with one company, $185 at a second, and a considerably higher $395 at a third.
You can often get the best price if you’re willing to prepay for a car rental without knowing what company the vehicle will come from. Hotwire users will see the vehicle price before booking their rental, but won’t know which company the car is from until after they pay. Try Priceline’s “Name Your Own Price” feature to make your best offer and see if any rental car companies will accept it. Both sites allow you to specify the size of vehicle you want.
Don’t forget to check prices at rental locations away from the airport. One major rental company offers eight locations in the Seattle area. It quoted prices for a compact car at $137 for a hotel-based site, $156 for the airport rental counter and $177 for a downtown office.
Sources for this article:
Enterprise: Make a Car Rental Reservation
Avis: Make a Reservation