Are you planning on traveling? If so, does your trip require you to rent a car to get from point A to point B? Renting a car can be tricky in terms of price, so you’ll want to take all steps possible for getting the best price that you can on your car rental. Here are some tips for helping you rent a car at the best possible price available.
Use a price guide. Priceline is one way to rent a car, but you definitely don’t want to use Priceline for your rental, unless you plan on making a bid for a lower price. This doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from Priceline, though. All you have to do is key in the information as if you were going to rent through Priceline to see the available prices.
The Priceline prices can help you see the lowest available option. For instance, Priceline may sometimes show that the rental amount begins at the $78 range, but it may show one car rental service that has significantly lower prices than the other car rental companies. Priceline can help you know where to start in regards to renting a car.
Consider payment method. If you rent from Alamo Rent a Car or National Rent a Car, they do not block off a deposit when you pay by debt/credit card. All they require is a return flight. If you do not have a return flight, you cannot use a debit card with these companies. You can use a major credit card, but they will block off a deposit amount (up to $500).
Return at same location. If you intend to return your car to a different location, you must secure your purchase with a major credit card. Too, it costs extra to return to a different location and not all locations allow such returns. Save yourself some money and some trouble and just return your car to the same location that you rent from.
Fuel your own car. You can certainly pay for the rental car company to re-fuel the car you rent, but it will cost you. The gas is often higher than what you would pay at a convenience store, and you don’t get credit for the gas that you don’t use if you pay to return the car on empty. Save some money and re-fuel the car before returning it.
Skip the extra insurance. If you rent a vehicle that is comparable in size to the vehicle you own, your full-coverage insurance that you carry on your own car will also cover the car you rent. Now, if you rent an SUV, but your insurance covers only a small vehicle, absolutely do buy the extra insurance.
If you don’t you’ll be liable for the difference that your insurance won’t cover should you have an accident. If you only carry liability on your own car, definitely do purchase the car insurance the car rental company offers. Don’t take a chance. Something could happen, and you do want to make sure that you’re covered.
Look for coupons. You can frequently find coupons on the Internet for a car rental with several of the companies. For instance, you can get a 5% discount off your car rental with Advantage (a Texas-based car rental company) just by typing in ADVAN into the coupon slot that online reservations provide.
*Remember, you’re paying the price, so shop around.