Tips On Finding The Best Car Rental Deals
Where to Book a Vehicle
The length of your trip should be a consideration before booking your vehicle. If you will only need a vehicle for a week or less then it is probably best to go with a major car rental company such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National or Thrifty. If you need a car for longer than a week, then it might be better for your budget to check with local companies or auto dealerships. But be aware that they may not offer the same perks as the larger companies such as roadside assistance if you have a break down.
Getting the Best Deal
Always shop around and compare prices before renting a car. Check out websites and call companies to find the best deals. Ask about discounts such as AAA if you are member. Before booking online do an Internet search for coupons or promotion codes. Just type in the name of the company followed by “coupon code” and you will often find special promotions. This could save you 5 to 20 percent.
It is also a good idea to join the car rental company’s loyalty program if they have one. It is often free and entitles you to certain privileges such as avoiding long lines and paperwork when picking up your vehicle since they already have your information on file and may also make you eligible for certain discounts or free upgrades.
Read the Fine Print
Be sure you know the conditions of your reservation. Is there a penalty for no-shows? How long will the car be held if you are late? Is there a fee for additional drivers? Is there a drop-off fee for one-way rentals? Is there roadside assistance if the car breaks down?