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Car Rentals: What You Need to Know to Get a Cheap Rental Car Over the Internet

Aug 17, 2007
With so many auto rental companies on the net, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Renting a car should not be dreaded.

When you use the Internet, it's easy, fast and you'll definitely find a cheap car rental. You'll find discounts, and you completely by-pass the hassle of calling an automobile rental company, waiting on hold for an extended period of time, and then wondering if you got a good deal.

Online rental sites really can save you money when you're in the market for a cheap auto rental. Some offer coupons and special offers available to people reserving through their web sites.

On the Internet, you can find bargains like special weekend rates, cut-rate rentals, package deals and frequent renter programs that offer a variety of cost savings. But many of these deals are subject to restrictions and may be limited in some locations. When looking for the best deals, it's a good idea to verify the conditions before you plan your trip.

You may even qualify for a special discount on your car rental. Special rates for corporate, government, military, AARP, and AAA members are readily available over the Internet. An assortment of other regional and individual discounts include downloadable coupons and other Internet specials.

There are numerous auto rental venues on the Internet. You can check out the websites of the individual car rental companies one at a time, or you can use a clearing-house-type of website to find the cheapest automobile rental available. Whichever online car rental avenue you decide to take, you will undoubtedly end up finding a great deal on a cheap rental car.

Making online auto rental reservations is easy. Customarily, a renting reservation website will ask you for the city or airport from which you will be renting, the type of car rental you want (i.e., compact, mid-size, standard, full-size, minivan), the dates you'll be renting, and the time you will pick up the rental. You will also need to know the rental drop off location, date and time. Make sure to keep in consideration the time you will need to be at the airport to catch a flight, usually about two hours before the scheduled departure time.

The renting reservation website will presumably also ask you a few questions about the name of the person who will be driving the car and possibly the age and gender of the driver. You may also have to choose whether or not you want to purchase insurance on the car, in case you are in an accident during the atuo rental period.

Finding a discount car rental has become a breeze using the Internet. Renting a car is so much easier and cheaper than it used to be in the days before the Internet. With the net, you can easily make reservations for a cheap automobile rental with minimal effort and very little time.

As with any car rental, make yourself aware of hidden fees. With some research and planning, you can avoid the fees that some rental companies tack on that you won't find out about until you go to pick up the car.

The bottom line is do your homework. Research different auto rental companies and look for the best deal. Once you sign on, be sure to read your rental agreement carefully. Look for possible restrictions, details, and hidden costs.
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Karen Kirby has 25 years in the computer industry and an MS in Computer Science. Learn more about Internet car rental deals. Free Internet Guide to Traffic
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