If you’ve been renting cars, you’re probably tired of paying amounts that are far higher than those advertised by the rental agencies. Here are some tips that should help you save money on your next rental.
If you’ll be traveling during peak season, try and book in advance to ensure that you get a great price and get the car you booked as well.
If possible, choose a rental agency that’s not at the airport to avoid paying expensive extra taxes and fees. Renting from the city is often much cheaper.
Use Your Credit Card
Plenty of credit cards offer car rental insurance. Or sometimes, your existing car insurance will also cover rental insurance. Check with both and understand the details.
Use Your Memberships
Your AAA, Costco, or BJ’s Wholesale memberships can save you a lot of money on car rentals. Check with the rental agency for any perks that you can get with your membership.
Book Through Discount Sites
Check online for discounts on car rentals. You may be able to use your Costco or AAA memberships for further discounts in this case.
Check for car rental packages and bundles with hotels and airfare designed to help you save money. But remember to check the details because you don’t want unpleasant surprises.
Check Cancellation Fees
Prepaying can save you money. But check cancellation terms first because you may lose most or even all of it in case you need to cancel or modify your booking.
Spot the Dents
Review the car carefully before driving away. Take photos and notes of any dents, scratches, or damage that was already there. This proof will save you from any allegations and damage charges.
Use Your Car Seats
If you’re traveling with a baby, you will need a car seat. Rental agencies charge a lot of money for these. It may be cheaper to bring along your own child car seat, or it may even be cheaper to buy one.
Pay Tolls in Cash
Rental companies charge daily convenience fees in addition to the tolls. It’s easier to prepay the toll yourself online or pay cash.