Seeking hints for cheaper car rental/hire

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Seeking hints for cheaper car rental/hire

Post by Boinkity_Boink » Thu May 17, 2018 6:12 pm

Just made reservations for our flights home. We're going to be renting a car for six weeks. Does anyone have any hints to bring the rental price down? Right now the plan is to reserve the car for pick up at the airport and be done with it. It looks like we can bring the price down from $1934 to $1369 (Budget Rental) by picking it up in town rather than at the airport. While taking a taxi downtown after 20 hours on an airplane is not what we're going to feel like doing, for $600 bucks, we might be willing.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Thu May 17, 2018 6:33 pm

Yowsa. What does the daily rate end up being? I always go with Enterprise, and recently priced a month in the Phila area at $600 total. I'd also check out different cities. Might be worthwhile doing a short-term rental at first (even with a drop fee--which sometimes they'll waive). My nephew recently drove one-way from east to CO and the company (Hertz I think) waived the drop fee.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Thu May 17, 2018 6:33 pm

Try Turo (?) too--it's the Airbnb of car rentals.

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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Thu May 17, 2018 6:47 pm

Those prices are for a 45 day rental. And for an, umm, a SUV. I've had good luck with drop fees too, when they were between airports a big cities. But yeah, maybe start with a couple days and then get something longer term and cheaper.

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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Thu May 17, 2018 6:48 pm

And I'm checking out that Turo now. I can see there being complications if things don't go as expected.

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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Thu May 17, 2018 6:53 pm

Doesn't seem much cheaper. Cars all north of $50 per day, only 12% discount for longer term rentals.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Thu May 17, 2018 7:16 pm

Is insurance included on the credit card you're using?

In Canada rental companies make more money selling insurance than actual rentals no idea how it works in the USSA.
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Post by Chip_Oatley » Thu May 17, 2018 7:19 pm

Yeah, Turo has never looked great when I've checked it out.

Sure you need an SUV? They're often trying to unload larger sedans. Or book an intermediate (usually just a few bucks more than a compact), and ask for an SUV.

Have you used Priceline for this?

Bill, that may be why the price is so high. Since I'm a resident of USA, when I sold my car, I didn't ditch my insurance. I called them and changed the policy to a non-owner one, so I'm covered for rentals and borrowed vehicles.

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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Thu May 17, 2018 7:23 pm

I've been trying to get non-owner insurance FOREVER, and I just can't. Maybe my state doesn't allow it. But I wonder if I have to be from the state where I get the insurance? Probably.

Not sure we need an SUV. It's just that the 'regular SUV's were just a tad more than the other cars. But a big ass car with a hatchback would probably fool everyone. The problem is they never tell you exactly what you're going to get. I got shat on bad last year because I screwed up the rental. It was more expensive, we had to take an expensive cab to get there, and the car was too small.

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Post by Bill Barilko » Thu May 17, 2018 8:59 pm

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The problem is they never tell you exactly what you're going to get....
That's because they don't know until the last minute that's how that business works with cars flooding in & out all day long there's no effective way to keep track unless it's either a tiny company or someone pays a huge premium.

You still haven't answered the CC question.
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Post by section8 » Thu May 17, 2018 9:20 pm

I always book through Costco first. Usually, the prices are lower than anywhere else, but if prices do drop you can cancel at any time and go with the cheapest option. Costco also automatically includes a second driver in their rates.
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Post by Steve_in_Exile » Thu May 17, 2018 10:19 pm

Bill Barilko wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 7:16 pm
Is insurance included on the credit card you're using?

In Canada rental companies make more money selling insurance than actual rentals no idea how it works in the USSA.
Same exact shit down here. In fact as far as I can tell, selling overpriced duplicate insurance is how car rental companies the world over actually make money.

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Post by Homerj » Thu May 17, 2018 10:22 pm

Sorry but who doesn't have a credit card that covers car rental insurance?
I've never taken out insurance once and I have had 6 claims on rental cars.
I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Fri May 18, 2018 5:02 am

Bill Barilko wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:59 pm
Boinkity_Boink wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 7:23 pm
The problem is they never tell you exactly what you're going to get....
That's because they don't know until the last minute that's how that business works with cars flooding in & out all day long there's no effective way to keep track unless it's either a tiny company or someone pays a huge premium.
Yah, I know, but it doesn't make it easier for me to pick a car.
Bill Barilko wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:59 pm
You still haven't answered the CC question.
Yeah, my card does insurance. But I should find out just what it covers and what the procedure is. These cards all claim to have insurance, but has anyone ever checked the fine print?

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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Fri May 18, 2018 5:05 am

section8 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:20 pm
I always book through Costco first. Usually, the prices are lower than anywhere else, but if prices do drop you can cancel at any time and go with the cheapest option. Costco also automatically includes a second driver in their rates.
Costco? That would be cool. I think I'm a member still. Are the cars actually owned by Costco, or do you simply get a discount when you book with them. I have to check my membership. I only go there 1x a year, and I try to game the membership so that I can do 2 years on a one year membership.

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Homerj wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 10:22 pm
Sorry but who doesn't have a credit card that covers car rental insurance?
i think (not too sure) that some credit card insurance policies say that the credit card insurance is the 'secondary' insurance. the driver's real car insurance is the 'primary'. i guess that only a small percentage of policies say this, but it might be worth looking into.

and that reminds me: once i rented a lovely audi in brussels. i parked on the street. i got a nice bang job whilst parked on the street (without me being around). when i returned the car to the airport, the avis dude laughed at the amazing bang job that i got. well, lucky me, when i booked the car, the company travel agency auto checked the 'full coverage' option on my car rental agreement. so i was covered. whew.

and then there is the time when i had a little bang up with my alfa romeo in edinburgh. i returned the car, and no one noticed anything.

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Post by Chip_Oatley » Fri May 18, 2018 1:17 pm

I checked the fine print on my CCs for renting in Spain. Fortunately, in Spain, the companies are required to provide some degree of insurance in the daily rate--so the CC coverage was just a supplement for liability for me.

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Post by Homerj » Fri May 18, 2018 2:38 pm

cummy wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 5:15 am
Homerj wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 10:22 pm
Sorry but who doesn't have a credit card that covers car rental insurance?
i think (not too sure) that some credit card insurance policies say that the credit card insurance is the 'secondary' insurance. the driver's real car insurance is the 'primary'. i guess that only a small percentage of policies say this, but it might be worth looking into.

and that reminds me: once i rented a lovely audi in brussels. i parked on the street. i got a nice bang job whilst parked on the street (without me being around). when i returned the car to the airport, the avis dude laughed at the amazing bang job that i got. well, lucky me, when i booked the car, the company travel agency auto checked the 'full coverage' option on my car rental agreement. so i was covered. whew.

and then there is the time when i had a little bang up with my alfa romeo in edinburgh. i returned the car, and no one noticed anything.
Cumster I have had 6 incidents with rental cars...some my fault, others the other drivers fault and twice mother nature.
Everytime my CC insurance paid the tab, never once have I involved my personal car insurance.
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Post by Bill Barilko » Fri May 18, 2018 2:45 pm

Boinkity_Boink wrote:
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Yah, I know, but it doesn't make it easier for me to pick a car.
FFS Pick the biggest most expensive option you can afford and hope for the best-what whiner you are.
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Fri May 18, 2018 5:02 am
Yeah, my card does insurance. But I should find out just what it covers and what the procedure is. These cards all claim to have insurance, but has anyone ever checked the fine print?
Yes I have that's why I use nothing else-and the card it's on is Free!
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Re: Seeking hints for cheaper car rental/hire

Post by section8 » Fri May 18, 2018 8:23 pm

Boinkity_Boink wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 5:05 am
section8 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:20 pm
I always book through Costco first. Usually, the prices are lower than anywhere else, but if prices do drop you can cancel at any time and go with the cheapest option. Costco also automatically includes a second driver in their rates.
Costco? That would be cool. I think I'm a member still. Are the cars actually owned by Costco, or do you simply get a discount when you book with them. I have to check my membership. I only go there 1x a year, and I try to game the membership so that I can do 2 years on a one year membership.
Go to their travel section on the website to shop/book. You end up booking with one of the major companies (I usually find Budget to have the best prices there).
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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Sat May 19, 2018 4:12 am

Bill Barilko wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 2:45 pm
Boinkity_Boink wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 5:02 am
Yeah, my card does insurance. But I should find out just what it covers and what the procedure is. These cards all claim to have insurance, but has anyone ever checked the fine print?
Yes I have that's why I use nothing else-and the card it's on is Free!
I'll give them a call.
section8 wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 8:23 pm
Boinkity_Boink wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 5:05 am
section8 wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:20 pm
I always book through Costco first. Usually, the prices are lower than anywhere else, but if prices do drop you can cancel at any time and go with the cheapest option. Costco also automatically includes a second driver in their rates.
Costco? That would be cool. I think I'm a member still. Are the cars actually owned by Costco, or do you simply get a discount when you book with them. I have to check my membership. I only go there 1x a year, and I try to game the membership so that I can do 2 years on a one year membership.
Go to their travel section on the website to shop/book. You end up booking with one of the major companies (I usually find Budget to have the best prices there).
And I'll do that too.

Thanks all for helping sort this.

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Post by Electrolyte » Wed May 30, 2018 4:12 pm

Be careful about relying on CC insurance!

I have had a couple of incidents and had no trouble being reimbursed. If you are covered you shouldn't have a problem.

But many cards have a 14 day limit on the rental. If you rent for longer you are not insured!

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