How to Rent a Car (Without Having an Aneurysm)

by Jeremy Anderberg on July 2, 2013 · 33 comments

in Travel, Travel & Leisure

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Renting a car can be a fairly simple process — at least at first. Go online to a rental car website, fill out your information, and click “Reserve.” But when you get up to the rental car counter and start filling out the paperwork to pick up your vehicle, things can start to get confusing. The counter agent throws out a bunch of options and extras and you’re not sure what to say yes to and what to turn down. Oftentimes you walk away chagrined that you signed up for too much or worried that you’re not fully covered should something go awry. And when you get your final bill, there can be fees and penalties tacked on that you didn’t see coming. To understand exactly what you’re getting yourself into so you can avoid all that added stress, we offer the following tips for making the car rental process as headache-free as possible.

Starting with the Basics

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Stick with reputable, well-known companies. When doing a search for rental cars, you’ll mostly come across the same 7-10 companies. There are smaller outfits out there, but stick with these big ones. They almost all have reputable services. Read Zagat’s 2012 report for more details on the different levels of customer service each company offers, and in general, go with one of these well-known brands:

  • Advantage
  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Enterprise
  • Hertz 
  • National

Every company/state is different. The first thing to know is that states and companies all have different laws and policies. Many of the tips listed below can’t necessarily be applied across the board. You’ll have to call some places and do your homework to get the specifics, so just know that right off the bat.

Age matters. First things first, there are age limits to rental cars. If you’re 16 and just got your license and want to take a crazy road trip across the country, you’ll have to do so in your own beater. It varies from state and state and by car rental company, but generally you have to be 21 to rent a car. Know, however, that if you’re between 21-24, it’ll be a lot pricier. Car companies go on statistics, and folks in that age group get in a lot more accidents. When you hit 25, you’re eligible for the standard rates that everyone else gets. This applies to the other end of the spectrum as well; rental companies will either jack up prices or not rent to folks over 70 or 75 years old.

Booking the Rental

Shop around. Rates fluctuate daily. You’ll want to do some combo shopping. By that I mean you’ll want to go online and check out travel aggregator sites like Orbit, Travelocity, Expedia, etc. But you’ll also want to go directly to car rental company websites. They’ll sometimes have deals and coupons that don’t get posted to those big travel sites. Bonus: One of the insider tips we found out about was to actually call the rental company and haggle. You can negotiate your rental car price, especially by bringing up other rates you’ve found online. Use the net for shopping around, but know that your best deal may come on the phone.

Don’t believe everything you see in quotes. This is another reason to pick up the phone. When you get a quote online, you may just be getting a quote for the base daily price multiplied by your number of days. It may not include all the various fees and taxes that come with renting a car, of which there are plenty. You’re likely seeing a fraction of the total cost, so again, pick up that phone and ask for more details.

Take advantage of discounts. You’ll save some money if you’re a member of AAA, AARP, or various rental company loyalty clubs. You can also ask about any other partnerships a rental company may have. You might be able to save money on hotel or airline fare.

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Book smaller cars. First of all, you get better fuel efficiency. You may worry about power/performance, but my 4-cylinder car does just fine in the Rocky Mountains. Unless you have a specific need for something bigger, compact is probably okay. “Economy” (i.e., smaller) cars these days are a lot bigger than they were 10 years ago. This is also a good idea because rental companies will often run out of these, as they’re the most popular. When that’s the case, you’ll likely get a free upgrade to a mid-size. The only downside is that perhaps you really wanted the smaller car with the high fuel efficiency, in which case you’re pretty much out of luck at this point. The only option would be to try to negotiate price here based on the loss in fuel-savings. If you get your economy car and realize you need something bigger, you can upgrade then. See what you get first, and then decide if it will work for you.

Consider your pick-up and drop-off locations. This isn’t always the case, but having different locations for pick-up and drop-off (as for a one-way road trip) will likely be more expensive. It could be a higher daily rate, or just an extra fee when it’s all said and done. Factor this into your budgeting. It’s also almost always the case that airport locations will have more expensive rates than those in the cities surrounding the airport. If you’re willing to sacrifice some convenience to save money, look into taking a bus to one of those outside locations and do some math to see what gets you the better value.

Know the desk hours. If you’re flying and picking up a car, know that many car rental desks in airports aren’t open 24 hours a day. At major airports, they likely close at midnight. At smaller airports, it may be even earlier. Most open around 6am. Know the hours, and plan accordingly. Also have other arrangements in place should you be delayed. Some companies will work around delays and be able to do after-hours pick ups, so call ahead should you know that’s the case. The same will apply for dropping off the car. This case is often easier, because many major companies offer after-hours drop-off. You put the keys, final odometer reading, and signature onto an envelope that gets dropped off at the lot.

Picking Up the Car

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Read all the fine print! Go over the rental agreement line by line so you know everything you’re signing for. If you have questions about anything in the agreement, ask. Ignorance will not be a valid excuse when you get into an accident and have to pay your own medical bills.

Avoid the “extras.” Things like GPS, satellite radio, car seats for kids, etc. will all be an extra charge per day. If you plan ahead, you can avoid needing most of these extras. Fuel charges and insurance are also on this list, but we’ll explain more about these considerations below.

What’s the Deal with Insurance? 

This is perhaps the biggest question that comes along with renting a car. Customers will often get scared into buying insurance by desk agents looking to up-sell you. This can end up being 25-40% of the entire cost of the rental. At the very least, you should have collision-and-damage waiver (CDW) insurance. The agent isn’t lying about this. This covers vehicle damage, and often, liability. What the agent won’t tell you is that either your own auto insurance will cover that, or even your credit card. Yes, you read that correctly. If you use your American Express, MasterCard, or Visa credit card to pay for the rental, you’ll have CDW insurance provided by that company.

To be sure about insurance, get in touch with your insurance agent and/or credit card company and ask about rental insurance. Be sure to also ask about “loss of use” coverage. Many rental companies will charge up to $100 per day that the rental car is being repaired for the loss of income of that car. You don’t want to have the actual repair covered, only to get gouged by that loss of use fee.

It should be noted that basic CDW insurance will not cover personal injury or damage to personal property. Again, this is why it’s important to know the specifics of your own auto insurance and what it all covers for you. If you don’t have auto insurance of your own, and decline the rental insurance, you are liable for the entire value of the car/repair should you get in a wreck.

Extra drivers equal extra dollars. If you sign a rental agreement, and you’re the only person listed, legally, you must be the driver of that vehicle at all times until it is returned. If you get into an accident, and your wife was driving without being on the agreement, the liability will be on you. It costs a little extra to add additional drivers, but it’s worth it if you aren’t sure you’ll be at the wheel the entire time.

Debit or credit? It’s often a good idea to book and pay for your rental with a credit card. Many companies will actually require a credit card to book the reservation, even if you end up paying with debit. Another downfall of debit is that the company puts a hold on your funds of up to $500. Yes, the funds will be returned, but it can take up to two weeks. That’s a lot of moola to have no access to. With credit, there’s still a hold, but it’s for the price of your reservation, and it’s not actually transacted until you’ve returned the car. Since your credit card company can cover your insurance as well, all the experts agree that if you can, go with credit for car rental.

Inspect for damage. When you first get the car, note any damage before even getting in. Scruffs, minor scratches, anything. Nothing is too small to make note of. You can even take pictures with your phone for foolproof evidence. You don’t want to end up paying (even through insurance) for something that was already there.

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Bonus tip #1: Learn the Avis Winker Code. Bonus tip #2: Do not use the Avis Winker Code without a time machine.

Out on the Road

Beware of boundaries. If you plan on taking your rental into Canada or Mexico, be sure to tell the rental company. There are special permissions and insurances that must be purchased in order to cross the border. Your own U.S. insurance won’t be valid, so this is a requirement. Also know that some rental agreements will have state boundaries. You may run into extra charges for crossing state lines if your agreement forbids it. Avoid this hassle by reading the fine print.

Tolls will cost you. Avoid toll roads if you can. These days, many of them are simply video tolls. If you drive through one and don’t have a pass, you just get a bill in the mail or you pay online. With a rental car, however, that bill goes to the rental company, and of course they add a massive handling fee. So just stay away if you can, or else be prepared in advance to pay up to $10 per toll.

Unlimited mileage vs. daily mileage caps. For most economy and mid-size cars, you’ll have unlimited daily mileage, with you footing the bill for the gas. For some SUVs and high performance cars, however, you’ll see daily caps. If you go over that daily allotted mileage, you’ll be charged per mile.

Dealing with breakdowns and accidents. Rental cars are serviced on a regular basis, but things do you happen. You may find yourself on the side of the road with no idea what to do. Most major rental companies offer their own emergency assistance service and repair shops. As this varies from company to company, be sure to ask while you’re shopping around. The one thing that is certain is that every rental company will have a policy in place for breakdowns, running out of gas, accidents, etc. Read the agreement carefully and ask questions, and you’ll have all the confidence you need in case of emergency. If there are injuries, 911 is still your first call. It’s also a great idea to have AAA and their roadside assistance services, should something happen and the rental company can’t respond.

Dropping Off the Car

Always gas up yourself. When you bring your rental car back, you either need to return it with a full tank, or the rental car company will fill it up for you. If you choose the latter option, you’ll be charged well over market price (sometimes up to $9/gallon) for the difference. Nowadays, you can also pay upfront for that final fill up. It’s supposedly more convenient, but it’s almost always above market price. So you should always fill up the tank yourself. Each company has different policies on how full the tank needs to be, but generally do it within a few miles of your drop off if you can. Know that the gas station that’s right next to the rental lot will likely have higher prices, sometimes up to $1 more per gallon. Use an app like GasBuddy to find the lowest price in the area.

Be on time. When you get your rental, there will be a drop off date and time on your rental agreement. If you’re just 5 minutes late, you can be charged for an extra day. Check with the specific company, as many will offer a 30-minute grace period, but don’t take your chances. Believe it or not, there may also be a fee for returning your car early. Be sure to check with the rental company.

Carefully gather your belongings. It’s easy to leave behind one of your belongings that you stashed in a door pocket or that slid under or between seats. Before you step out of the vehicle, give both the front seat and back seat a thorough looking over to ensure you’re not forgetting anything.

With just a little extra time and effort, you can save hundreds of dollars and fistfuls of stress when renting a car. Don’t be caught unawares, and you’ll protect yourself from a headache of a car rental experience.

What tips and tricks do you have for rental car success? 

Thank you to Emmanuel Egolum for fielding questions for this post!

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marie July 2, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Don’t ignore the more expensive renters. Hertz has a history of being expensive to rent from, however they’ve had deals where they’re the cheapest if you take advantage of it. Costco often has deals with car rental companies if you have a costco card.

2 Lee Nelson July 2, 2013 at 5:39 pm

I’m a huge fan of the WildCard program with Thrifty. They basically give you whatever they have, mid-size or better. I’ve gotten convertibles, minivans, Suburbans, Lincolns. It makes the rental a whole lot more fun. Rental car company loyalty programs get you much better service I’ve found, and you get the best cars available. Another tip – if they have your flight info, they will know when your flight has been delayed.

3 Steven July 2, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I travel for a living and these are great thoughts. A few more things I have learned:
If you are going keep the car extra days – call and let the rental car company know in advance. Some charge an extra $10 per day if you don’t tell them in advance.
If you rent more than an couple of times a year – look into getting a credit card that covers all rental insurance. It has saved me lots of money.
If you didn’t reserve a car in advance – talk to all of the rental car companies at the airport and negotiate for a better rate. One time I rented a car for $10/day because an agent saw me talking to a competitor and wanted my business.

4 Mat July 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm

As a guy who works for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, thank you, this post was perfect in every way. A lot of the time, people become angry at the employees because they aren’t familiar with the car rental process- when in reality, if they had done just a little bit of research, or read up about renting cars on the company website ahead of time, there would be no miscommunication and all headaches would be avoided.

As the Boy Scouts motto says, “Be Prepared”, so why not be prepared to rent a car? As a man, I like to be well versed things before I do them. I hope other people try to do the same.

5 LarryB July 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Research the toll systems for where you’re likely to be driving, and how the rental car company charges for toll transponders. Some companies charge a flat-rate for all-you-can-eat tolls on a per day basis for days the tag is scanned, others bill the exact toll plus a surcharge. If you’re going to be driving on a lot of toll roads or just on one or two, this can make a big difference in the final cost of the rental.

6 Mike July 2, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I hate renting cars. They never have regular transmissions and I’m stuck with that automatic crap that I don’t know how to use.

7 Raul July 3, 2013 at 6:31 am

What do you do when you want to rent a specific car? When you feel a short test drive is not enough to choose a new car for future purchase.

8 Jake July 3, 2013 at 7:13 am

Discover Card also offers rental insurance, which I believe is secondary collision up to $25,000.

While I personally gas up my rental car before returning it, I know that the last few times I’ve rented from Hertz, they quoted me the current market value for gas at the time of pickup. There was no markup in their price, and if gas prices had gone up by the end of the trip, you would actually be saving money. (Of course, you would lose money if prices went down.)

9 caleb July 3, 2013 at 7:26 am

I worked for National/Alamo in college right up to the time they were purchased by Enterprise. It was interesting to see how the process worked.

A few of key points: rentals are one of the industries that can “force charge” a card past its limit, so definitely want to use a quality card and not debit. Some allow spouses as a second driver for free. You will get charged a lot in taxes because most cities want to make money off of tourists for things or amounts that the people would not approve as regular sales tax. Make sure the car is not trashed – normal use is ok, but you can get a cleaning charge. No companies allow smoking or pets, so if it smells you will be charged. Be aware that some locations are franchises (licensees) and some smaller locations cannot return cars to dealers or may need cars, so 1-way trips can be either really cheap or really expensive. If say, you are going from a town of 200k to 2mil, it doesn’t hurt to see if they have any deals on different sizes – they will be making money instead of spending it on a truck or employees

10 Jake July 3, 2013 at 8:21 am

I recently rented a car and filled up the gas tank to full within a mile of the airport, but they still stuck me with a charge for 3 GALLONS!!

I would say always look over your receipt. I should have contested that but I didn’t see it until I had left.

11 Chad July 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

I used to have to rent a lot of cars for work and was told by a rental car company employee to never rent a car at the actual airport. Instead he told me to rent a car from an off-airport branch. The difference in price for the same car was usually over $20 or more due to airport fees the rental car company had to pay for doing business on airport property (also why similar flights can cost more or less at nearby airports. Each airport charges different rates for doing business there). Depending on the airport, these fees can be very high. Most major rental car companies have off-airport branches nearby busy airports and will even pick you up for free at the terminal, if you call ahead. Plus, it’s easier to get the car you want, even at a cheaper price, because most people aren’t going there.

My $20+ worth.

12 robot0_0 July 3, 2013 at 9:32 am

When I was in the Navy I flew back to the east coast for Christmas one year. Got to the rental counter and they refused to let me rent a vehicle (My mom had paid for me to get a car at the airport so I could ride home, because ATL traffic stinks). I was so angry. I suddenly understood that scene in Rambo where he is taking about how he was in charge of millions of dollars worth of equipment, but people back home treated him like dirt.

13 Inigo July 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

Just a pointer: If you’re in corporate or a member of an association, you should see if you can receive discounts. American Bar Association members, for instance, get up to 25% off on rentals.

14 Greg July 3, 2013 at 10:55 am

Good points (both in the article and the comments). I have one important point to add:

If you are renting for several days (or more, not sure what the cutoff point is), make sure you check the weekly rate in addition to the daily rate (even if you end up turning it in early)!!! I have saved hundreds of dollars using this trick.

15 Rob July 3, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Using the fuel service option when renting a car isn’t always a bad idea (in contradiction to this article’s statements). The price/gal is generally about the same as you would pay at a station, the catch is that you have to pay what it would cost to fill the tank from empty (the agent will frequently say something like ‘return it empty’). If you plan putting enough miles on the car to have to re-fuel at some point, it’s pretty easy to manage the fuel consumption to return it empty. This can be a convenient option if you are likely to be pressed for time getting back to the airport to catch a plane or for whatever.
However, if you don’t arrange for the fuel service option when you pick the car up and don’t return it full you will be charged a significantly higher price/gal (I’ve seen $9+/gal).

16 Geo July 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Credit card insurance doesn’t cover for loss of use or diminished value should you have an accident with a rental car. The rental car company may decide to sell a car that has been damaged in an accident rather than repair it. In this case, you will be liable for the diminished value of the car due to the accident. Credit card companies won’t pay the difference because they argue that the rental company should have repaired the car which is often cheaper. You will be stuck with the bill which could end up being substantial. Best bet is to buy all the insurance the rental company offers. This is the only way to ensure total insurance coverage including loss of use and diminished value.

17 DaveF July 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm

As a business traveler, I rent cars a few times a month. I only use Hertz, per my company’s policy, so I can’t comment on any other rental agency. Here is my advice, and much of it is just confirming / re-stating advice from the blog post:

- Be VERY careful about so-called deals on upgrades from their website. Their offer to upgrade you to a premium car for cheap usually comes with some restrictions and fine print. I got hosed pretty badly like that, to the tune of around $400, and needless to say my company didn’t reimburse that on my expense account. My fault for not reading the fine print– just be really, really careful.

-Do rent the smallest car you can live with. You will quite often get upgraded because they’re out of the small car you signed up for.

- Don’t buy the gas option, do make sure you return the car full.

- Returning the car early costs MORE, not less. Seriously. Don’t bring it back a day before you were supposed to. There’s a fee for doing that.

- Do everything you can to avoid dropping your car off somewhere other than where you picked it up. Yes, sometimes your travel plans do change, but the fee to change your car return location is absolutely unreal. (several hundred dollars. Last time I did it, it was almost $400).

- Do join the #1 Club Gold or whatever they’ve renamed it to. Even if you don’t want the points to rent cars, you can apply them to your favorite other travel points program.( I apply all my Hertz points to my Marriott account.) More importantly, as a Gold member, you get to skip the desk at the airport and go straight to your car, and you’re also eligible for occasional discounts and special offers.

- Do be prepared to sit on hold forever if you have a customer service issue during your rental. They’re helpful once they answer, but boy, getting to that point is excruciating, because their on-hold music sucks.

- Hertz is VERY good about taking care of issues with your car. If something isn’t working right, or it’s making a funny noise, or whatever, just call them and tell them you want to trade the car out at the nearest location. I’ve had to do that a few times, and they’ve never given me any flack about it. In fact, I um… heard… from um, some guy I know… that if you really hate the car you got, you could call them and say the car’s making a funny noise when you brake and you don’t feel safe, and swap it out. Like I said, I just *heard* that from some guy, and stuff.

18 Mic C July 5, 2013 at 7:48 am

Plenty of pitfalls to avoid with car rental. The “return the tank full” policy is one to be well aware of as you may get charged substantially more judging on the companies gas rates. Excess insurance is a huge one and the price you will pay beforehand with an independent insurance website compared to what some firms will ask for at the rental desk can be worlds apart. I always take photos of the car before driving away making sure to bring any dents or blemishes (no matter how small) to the attentions of the rental agent.

19 soltrain July 5, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Some car rental locations have drivers to pick you up for free.

20 Jim K. July 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Here’s an unpleasant pitfall to avoid: credit checks. My daughter needed a rental car recently and went to a Budget location after reserving a car online with a debit card. Thinking all the arrangements had been made, she found out when she arrived her rental was subject to her undergong a credit check (Equifax, I think).

Well, she’s a college student who hasn’t had a chance to compile much of a credit history. As a result, they refused to rent the car. In addition to this inconvenience, there was now a hold on her debit card for several hundred dollars (after some negotiating over the phone with the corporate folks, this was released, though they are not required to as mentioned previously).

We were able to find another car rental place in her town that would allow her to rent without a credit check. So the two lessons learned here are:
1) Ask if there is a credit check required for a car rental
2) Get to work now establishing a credit history for your soon-to-be adult children

21 S.Lynn July 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm

If you fill up yourself, bring your receipt. I’ve been asked for it. AND take a couple of pics of each view of the car, then take one of the odometer, then take a couple of other views of the vehicle. That way you can prove it was pre-existing damage when you picked up the car (odometer will prove it).

22 matthew July 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Being nice to the desk clerk and showing they have value to you as a human can get you upgraded too, not necessarily to a larger car, but at least to a better/newer car from the available range. By finding I had stuff in common with a clerk at the Tulsa airport we got a car 2 weeks off the assembly line with every bell and whistle still working, and extra room for our car sears on the sweet back bench.

Regarding one-way versus round-trip rental costs, sometimes the cost of returning the vehicle to its original location in time, gas, and actual money, is more than the fees for “accidentally” returning the car to a nearer or more convenient location, especially if you’ve budgeted more time to return it originally and so are returning it early, if not to the same place. I rented in San Francisco to drive home to Sacramento and then, instead of returning it back to San Fran and having to have family or friends drive with me the two hours, I dropped it off at the Sacto airport a day early and took a bus home for $.45. I still ended up getting money back from the rental because the wrong location fee was less than the early return bonus.

23 Ross Patterson July 8, 2013 at 7:28 am

I rented from Avis in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, and took the “buy the tank” option for gas. That allowed me to return it as close to empty as I wanted/dared. I know the advice to avoid this, but I was shocked to see that the gas price they were using was the same as at a retail gas station off the airport.

24 Paul July 8, 2013 at 7:54 am

It may have been pointed out already, but in regards to gasoline – the rental car company will quote you a rate for them to fill it up – you’ll be paying for a FULL tank, not just what it needs. So if you do that, make sure you return it completely empty.

Also – American Express insurance coverage – is SECONDARY. I learned that when a rental car company tried to ding me on a window chip.

And that window chip – perfect example as to why you should ALWAYS inspect EVERYTHING on the car before driving away. When they tried to ding me on that chip, I had only rented for a day – and was only on surface streets and never had anything hit the windshield. I just didn’t think to look at the windows beforehand.

25 Charles Barilleaux July 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm

You typically can’t not have a child’s seat, due to state law, but there are options to ease the pain.

Last year, we flew into Houston, planning to rent a kid’s booster seat. I was shocked when I saw the charge on the quote–we did a quick google, and it cost us the same to buy the same seat (a mid-range Graco). We located a Wal-Mart not far from the airport, and bought a “disposable” booster seat for $13. We even found someone on Freecycle to give it to when we left, so it didn’t go to waste.

I’m not sure if the math would work out on a five-point car seat (for a toddler), and I might be hesitant to go cheap on an infant seat (“pumpkin” or rear-facing). However, it’s definitely worth looking at the rental quote, as well as what an adequate seat would cost at near-by stores.

(Obviously, you can bring your own, too. For $100, totally worth it; for $10, it may not be worth the hassle.)

26 David Moore July 10, 2013 at 8:43 am

If you are renting one way, check prices for different drop off locations.
I recently picked up in Houston and saved $75 by dropping off in San Antonio instead of Austin.
I was just driving home from the airport, but I had to go to San Antonio the next day anyway to go pick up my dogs. I had my wife follow me to San Antonio and saved some money.

27 Jeremy Hall July 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

A quick note on using the insurance provided by your credit card. I had reserved a small car for a trip in Denver, but Enterprise was out of the model. They offered me an awesome free upgrade to a Dodge Ram quad cab. Well, life happened, and we found a scratch when we turned the car in. I thought, no problem, I used my MC, so I’m covered. Well, no so fast bucko! After covering the basic minimum at Enterprise out of pocket, I contacted MC. They were very helpful, claiming that this was going to not be any problem and that they would cover it…That is until they found out it was a truck. According to them, trucks are not a family vehicle, and are not covered by their insurance, and tough luck sir, but have a nice day. A very expensive, “free” upgrade, if you ask me.

28 Jerome July 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Another tip I don’t remember seeing:
I get my personal rentals through my company benefits program… the car is cheaper that way and the company pays the insurance.

The one time I tried it a different way – a cold front came through and I had to pay for a window chip that I didn’t notice when I rented the car. The chip grew due to the rapid change in temperature. That was a $200 lesson.

29 Kliment July 22, 2013 at 8:59 am

Last year we had a nice experience of renting a car and travelling round Europe. We were three, my wife, 4 years old son and I. We used cars-scanner.com and were very satisfied. May be it was our luck but every one was so nice to us while picking up the car and dropping off.

30 Alejandro July 27, 2013 at 4:49 am

Another outstanding article from AoM

The only thing I´d like to comment is that “economy” cars do not necessarily score better on the fuel efficiency category than bigger ones, especially if you are going to make a lot of highway driving since smaller engines need to be worked harder.

31 Earlene October 11, 2013 at 6:41 am

Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this
write-up plus the rest of the website is very good.

32 milan_avvakumov November 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

Very useful information, thank you. These tips were useful for me when I rented a car for my trip in Europe

33 bercana February 6, 2014 at 7:05 am

Drop off during business hours if possible. In most cases you are liable for any theft or damage that may occur until they open for business the next day.

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