Car Rentals?

United States
February 20, 2009 4:17pm CST
Ok we got some good money in the form of taxes and bonus from hubbys work and well we are planning a few trips one being my trip to cali and the other driving to virginia to see hubbys brother. Now i have never did the whole rental car so i am looking for some advise. Like me being cheap how do I get the best deals?
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Check around for for the best rates and look for coupons and/or employee discounts. Entertainment books and even the yellow pages often have car rental coupons in them. Priceline is also a good place to check.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Oh yeah, if you already have car insurance, you can skip the insurance offered by the rental agency since your already covered by your regular insurance.
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• United States
22 Feb 09
I havent had n entertainment book in a long time good reason to get one thanks.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
20 Feb 09
If you are traveling far, and I know that you are, use a chain and not a local one. Enterprise, Budget, and the others are good. Just go with the least expensive. Use your own insurance policy not the one you buy from them but check with your own auto insurance. If they have a GPS and you do not own one, pay the extra for it, but if it will cost more than one to buy, buy your own. Now you can go online and check all of their policies so READ them and understand them, thoroughly. We got a flat once and it was not covered to have the tire replaced as it was too far gone and it cost us top dollar where we were. Find out their policies on accidents, if you break down and compare.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Thanks for the tips i never would have thought of that stuff. The gps my hubby would never allow he dont get lost lol.
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
21 Feb 09
He never gets lost or THINKS that he never gets lost? LOL It comes in handy with long drives because sometimes there is construction, detours, etc. and it makes it so easy to get on track. Not only that, it lists all restaurants, hotels, amusement parks and so many other things in categories, so if you are saying, "Where should we eat?", it tells you what is nearby and takes you right there.
@palonghorn (5485)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Check out Travolicity and/or cheaptickets.com One thing you want to make sure of is do they offer unlimited mileage, if not, how many miles are allowed free per day. If you can find one that offers free mileage it will save you a pretty penny. And as some of the others stated, use your own insurance policy, but make sure it covers rentals. And another thing that will save you some money is to fill it back up with gas yourself, if not they will charge you for a fill up when you return it and it won't be as cheap as you can get at the local station.
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• United States
22 Feb 09
A few have said fill it up so thats one tip i will have to remeber thanks.
@bdugas (3581)
• United States
21 Feb 09
We went back home for a visit in 2006 and we used Enterprise, they have really good deals on weekly rentals, we was given a new Ford and it was not the best riding auto in the mid size range but for 8 days at $122. was not bad. At least I knew if we had problems then we was covered. I would say make sure you get a good riding car, the one we drove the seats was like sitting on bleachers for a long period of time. It was good on gas, I guess it depends on whether you are looking for gas mileage or comfort, believe spending a couple bucks more on the rental is well worth it if you are traveling a long ways.
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• United States
22 Feb 09
Anythings better then out car its like riding an old old wooden rollercaster its so bumpy and uncomfortable.
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
21 Feb 09
If you have AAA you can get discounts. Also if youplan on using a charge card, that will usually cover your insurance cost for the rental and lots of times they have discounts. Renting a car for a road trip is a good idea, my hubby and I did it before. Sometimes it saves alot on gas, plus it saves the wear and tear on your car, specially if its older. Good luck on getting a good deal and have fun.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Oh our car would never make that whole trip lol
@spalladino (17924)
• United States
20 Feb 09
If the rental agent doesn't bring it up, make sure that you thoroughly check out the rental car, both inside and out, and have the agent document even the smallest ding, scratch or mark before you take possession of the vehicle. Otherwise you could wind up being responsible for damage that you didn't do.
• United States
21 Feb 09
Wouldnt want that id be ticked off.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Feb 09
I'm going to just second what has already been said. Go with a national chain, you'll get better rates at an off airport site, don't pay for their insurance, your insurance covers you (check the details on this), don't pay for their gas either, make a note of a nearby gas station and agree to return it full (and then don't forget to fill it, their gas in much more). Crossing state lines could change your insurance coverage.... check into that. If your husband works for a large company, they may have a corporate discount with a rental car company. Often you just need their number and it isn't necessary to be a work trip. Worth checking. That's all I can think of. I'll come back if I think of more.
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• United States
21 Feb 09
Ill check his work he works for a good sized company thanks.
• Philippines
20 Feb 09
I am from the Philippines but I worked for an online Travel Agency and I came across a lot of car call scenarios. Most of the time Car Rentals are overlapping the cost of a plane ticket. The base rate may be okay in terms of cost, but depending on the state and the restrictions of the car company, it can reach more than quadruple the cost of the base rate. Car rental company may charge a lot of insurance cost for a car that will be taken our of state. Just make sure to ask for an estimated amount and ask for a breakdwon of cost before and after the travel. Car companies like Avis only accepts credit card. One thing to consider as well. Make sure to check this item too. Based on my experience, National gives the best rates most of the time, if they are available in the area. Choose an off-airport location as well. Good luck! Great day!
• United States
21 Feb 09
For us to fly to virginia it will gost nearly 2 thousand dollors so i hope the car wouldnt cost more than that we got a big family losts of plane tickets lol. I will have to check for national thanks and we have no plans to go anywhere near the airport.
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
21 Feb 09
GO to enterprize they have pretty good cars and they also bring it to you. But then if ya dont have one I would guess to call around find whrat prices and what kind of cars they have to rent. Last time I have to rent one I had to have a credit card Lucky I had one!
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
21 Feb 09
I was reading a recommendation to go with insurance through a platinum card,if You have one..another was to bring a digital camera,and snap any dings or problems before you take the car out for reference if there's issues on return..
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Check online at orbiz or other places for your rental...I haven't rented a car for over ten years so can't help you out on this one either! LOL
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@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
21 Feb 09
My advice would be to find out what the rental companies have to offer you. They are always competing with each other for business that you could get good deals from them. Cheers!!
@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
25 Feb 09
You are driving from MN? You better make sure about the rental car company because we are in OH and many of the even national car rentals have you sign their agreement that basically says you promise not to drive out west such as CA, NV, NM, etc. I'm sure people do it anyway but I'd rather not do that, you know? It's best to look online like at orbitz, expedia, etc. They usually offer you good deals. You could call before to see if they are any cheaper directly. Cheers! Pablo
@raydene (9874)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Hello Sweet I haven't rented a car in forever so I can't help you.. Is there a reason that you want to drive the whole way? Why not fly then rent a car when you get close? xoxoxoxoxoxo
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
24 Feb 09
I haven't either but you might want to search the net for product reviews on rental cars, I would do that if I needed to take a rental car somewhere.
@longbangod (1791)
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
I don't have idea how rent a car businesses runs in your place. Anyway I'm just here to wish you luck on your journey, and may you'll have a wondeful, happy and safe trip.