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Tips on Making Car Rental Reservations

Jun 17, 2008
Are you looking for a car rental? If you've never rented before or you've had little experience renting then it can seem intimidating. There are numerous car rental agencies and they all have competitive rates for the most part. So where should you start your search? How can you find the best rate and what kind of insurance do you need? Here is an overview of car rental and some pointers to help you find the right rental for you.

Large Car Rental Agencies

Large car rental agency chains have a big advantage over smaller companies. They offer a wider variety of car classes and models and usually have facilities located right at the airport. Larger companies also usually offer more discounts and have more partnerships with other travel related companies. They also offer more flexibility since they have more locations. This is important if you'll be dropping the car off in a city other than the one you picked it up.

Discounts

Rental agencies offer discounts and promotional offers to attract customers and many will find that they qualify for one or more. Discounts are sometimes offered to seniors, military personnel and certain large companies, to name a few. To get a discount you'll usually need to have the discount code so make sure you find out what it is before you book. Keep in mind that discounts are not usually eligible on special rates but in any case special rates are usually the lowest.

Insurance

Insurance is required on a rental car. You might be fully or partially covered by your own car insurance. Some credit cards also carry insurance on rentals. Since insurance can be a large amount of your rental it pays to find out if you're covered beforehand. If you need insurance then all rental agencies offer it. You'll need to research the cost of it since each company has different rates. Remember that insurance (as well as other taxes and fees) are not generally included in the quoted rates.

Searching for Rates

The internet is the best tool for searching car rental rates and making rental reservations. There are online travel websites such as Travelocity and Expedia that price compare different rental companies. They will give you a list of available rates and models for the time period you wish to rent. It's also worth checking out individual car rental websites since they usually reserve their special rates for customer who rent through them directly.

If you'll be needing airfare and hotel then research the cost of vacation packages which include air, hotel and car rental. The price of a package usually comes out cheaper than booking each separately. Packages can be booked online or through a travel agency.
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