Friday, July 19, 2013

The Evils of Renting a Car

When planning a vacation I always find that I can get everything into the budget…until I add in that rental car. Why do they cost so much! The only place I think you can get away without having a car is NYC and cities in Europe. Below are some tricky fees you might find on your bill - to read the full article click here.

1. There may be more fees when renting at an airport. Airport concession recovery charges and other fees can add 10% or more to the total cost of a car rental. This applies any time you rent from the company’s airport office – or one nearby that offers a shuttle to the airport.

2. Returning the car early could cost you. You’d think returning a rental car early would mean you’d pay less, right? If you’re getting a special weekly rate, returning the vehicle early may be extra costly, as some rental companies will cancel your discounted rate. Other companies will prorate fees for the days you didn't use, so you’ll pay a little less – but then some tack on a $10 to $15 early return fee to your bill.

3. Adding a second driver could cost more. Renting a car that both you and your spouse plan to drive could alter what rate the rental company offers you. A number of companies add a fee for a second driver, as well as charge extra for adding the second driver to the insurance waiver.
Ever since my husband and I got married he had to drive the rental cars because I was under 25, that’s right, you have to pay a whole lot more money if you're under 25 to drive (because of insurance purposes)  - or you might not be able to drive it at all depending on the company. Last year was the first year I was able to drive the car without having to pay a crazy amount of money. But we still opted for the one driver to save money.

4. The company will likely put a hold on your credit or debit card. While most major car rental companies require a credit card to get the rental process started, you may also be able to use your debit card to rent a car. Either way, there’s a good chance you’ll face an authorization hold on your card.

5. Small companies may offer big benefits. Renting a car from a large company may be more convenient, but small, local car rental companies frequently offer lower rates.

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