By Jeff Lakie;
Insertion date: 23rd September 2005.
With rising gas prices, driving causes
more headaches than it used to. When traveling, though,
you may need to rely on a car
rental. There are ways to
save money if you plan well. Next time you're looking for
a quality, affordable car rental, consider the
1. A car rental
at the airport sometimes costs more than at a nearby
agency. Compare prices ahead of time; it may be worth
taking a taxi a few miles to pick up the vehicle at a
different rental location.
2. Choose a no-frills car
rental. Many less-luxurious
cars get better mileage.
3. Car rental agencies usually have better deals on
compact cars. If you don't need the space, why pay for it?
Compact cars also get better mileage.
4. A car rental
is usually more costly if you pick up the vehicle at one
location and drop it off at another. However, consider the
price of returning to the original locale. Is it cheaper
to pay for the gas or for the drop-off? This might sway
your decision a little.
5. Car rental agencies offer prepaid fill-ups when you
return the vehicle. Compare their costs with the gas pump
prices and decide ahead of time which is a better
6. A weekly car rental usually costs less than paying for
five or six days alone. If you're staying just under a
week, you may want to pay this rate and return the car
7. Avoid purchasing insurance from the car rental company
if possible. Many credit
cards cover car rental
insurance; in the event of collision or theft you'll be
taken care of. Check your credit card agreement ahead of
8. Save the extra driver cost by choosing a designated
driver. Some car rental
agencies charge more to add
9. Look for car rental coupons in travel
magazines or an
Entertainment book. Agencies also give discounts to AAA
and AARP members. Be sure to inquire about available
Keeping these factors in mind before your car rental, you
can save a substantial amount of money. Shop wisely, and
know before you go!
About The Author: Jeff Lakie is the founder of
http://www.first-in-car-rental.info websites providing
information on truck and car rentals.