What are the Best Ways to Save Money on Car Rentals?

Car rentals are one of those services that can really rip you off for a lot of money if you don’t know what you’re doing. On the other hand, if you do know what you’re doing, it’s not difficult to save a lot of money – As much as 35% even.

How do you save money on car rentals? Here are a few of the best ways.

Rent at Off-Airport Sites

Renting at an airport is going to cost you an arm and a leg. Sure, the car rental company might raise the price by 25% – But the real costs actually come from the state and from taxes. When you rent from an airport site, you’re going to pay a ton more fees than if you rented from an off-airport site.

If you’re just renting for a day or two, the extra fees might not bother you. If you’re renting for a week, however, it’s often worth taking a cab or a bus to a nearby off-airport rental site to rent your car.

You Can Still Drop Off

Keep in mind that even if you rent at an off-airport site, you can still drop your car off at the airport for no added cost. This is true of most big chains like Hertz or Avis.

Factor in Parking

A lot of people forget to factor in the cost of parking when they rent. The cost of parking in most hotels can be as much as $10 to $20 a night, substantially adding to your rental costs. If you’re not using your car every day, often the parking fees make it worthwhile to rent only on the days when you really need your car. Continue reading “What are the Best Ways to Save Money on Car Rentals?”