Save Money On Car Rentals
Before you begin your next vacation or business trip, make sure
you do some research to save yourself time and money on a car or
van rental. The main factors you may want to consider when renting
a car include price, vehicle type and rental terms.
People want value for their money, and renting a vehicle is no
different. Did you know that on average, independent car rental
prices are lower by 10-25%? This includes ALL companies, and not
just the nationals. There are bigger travel websites that do not
display independent companies, so be careful where you shop online.
It also pays to go to a rental car company website. The rates are
usually cheaper than any other website that their inventory may
be displayed on. Why is this? For one, the company does not have
to pay a commission like they do with the bigger travel websites.
Did you also know that by renting a car further away from the airport
that you will save money? People always pay more for convenience,
so if you are willing to take a free shuttle or cab to the location,
you will save money!
Besides the price, think about what you will be doing with the
rental vehicle. Is it for a family vacation? Or will you be taking
quick trips to attend business meetings? Most often the economy,
compact or intermediate cars will suffice, but sometimes you will
require a bigger or roomier vehicle, such as a minivan. Do not forget
to consider your luggage when thinking of what size vehicle you
may want. It also pays to think about what options you may or may
not want. Why pay more money for options you will not be using?
Finally, make sure you are aware of the rental terms, because every
company can be different. What are the age requirements? If you
are a renter under 25 or over 75 years old, you may incur an additional
cost. What are the hours of operation? What are the arrival instructions
if you are flying in? The counter may be in the airport, or you
may have to take a free shuttle to the location. Do they offer the
flexibility of after-hours returns, or one-way rentals? What is
the cancellation policy? Make sure you find answers to any questions
you have on the actual car rental company website before you make
The above will save you time, and help to create a hassle free
rental car experience.
Shelly Pfen is a freelance writer. She has expertise as an Internet
Services Manager and as an Internet & Product Analyst in the car
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