Renting a car can be expensive and complicated. If you’re on a limited budget, learn how you can pay less for a rental car.
- TIP: If drop-off convenience at the airport is your prime concern, then be prepared to pay extra.
- Step 1: Join a car rental company’s customer club for rental bargains and perks. Note, however, that these clubs charge annual membership fees.
- Step 2: Ask the rental agent about discounts for organizations you may belong to, such as AAA or AARP.
- FACT: An English luxury car rental company offers a Bugatti Veyron for about $25,000 a day, probably the most expensive car for rent.
- Step 3: Rent from an office that's not located at an airport. Onsite airport offices tack on additional taxes and fees.
- Step 4: Don’t pay for gas in advance unless you're certain you'll use it. Any gas that you don’t use is money in the rental company’s pocket instead of yours.
- Step 5: Choose weekend or weekly rates over weekday rates if your schedule permits. Weekend and especially weekly rates can be significantly cheaper.
- TIP: Consider booking your vehicle in advance to protect yourself from future price increases. If the rates go down, cancel your reservation and rent at the cheaper rate.
- Step 6: Review your auto insurance policy to see if it covers rental car collision, damages, and liability. Also check your credit cards. Some include collision and theft protection for car rentals charged on that card.
- Step 7: Research car rental company websites and comparison shop for special discounts offered to those who rent online. Rates can vary widely from company to company.