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The rental car business has developed into a $15 billion dollar industry, and standard car rental rates continue to rise. So how do we ensure that we get the best deal possible when renting a car? Look for special packages and deals on weekend rentals, off-season vacation rentals, and category upgrades. Also consider your make and model preferences and mileage requirements when renting a vehicle. Auto rental companies with convenient on-airport locations will often charge higher rates than smaller companies with off-airport locations, so consider this price versus convenience trade-off when you reserve a car. As a courtesy, most car rental firms offer free local maps and driving directions to their customers. Some companies will even deliver a rental car to your home or office.
To negotiate the best price on your rental vehicle, avoid calling the company's 800 number, which sends you to its national reservation system. While the national reservation system can see inventory and quote rates, they are not able to negotiate a better deal. To negotiate the best deal possible, interact at the local level.
When renting a car, be sure you have a valid, current driver's license and ask your auto insurance company what coverage your insurance policy provides for rental cars. Purchase optional insurance coverage from the rental car agency if necessary. Additional car rental restrictions or fees may apply if you are under 25 years old. Most companies also charge fees if the car is returned late or with less fuel than the rental agreement specifies.
Finally, make sure you don't pay for things you don't need. While the car rental agent may make it seem like additional insurance and other protection services are needed, in many cases these things are already covered by your own automobile insurance or, to some extent, by the credit card used for the rental. It's a good idea to talk to your auto insurance agent before buying any of these extras.
Browse the international and regional auto rental firms and reservation services listed below, so you can make an informed car rental choice when reserving a vehicle for your business or vacation travel.
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