People over the age of 25 (in most cases) have the bit of a luxury of renting a car. When you go on vacation, you can’t exactly pack your own car into the airplane. No, you have to find your own means around at your destination. Could you use Uber? Lyft? A cab service? A bike? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. But wouldn’t it be better to just pick out a car and return it before you go home? Thus, car rental dealers were born. This whole experience can get expensive, but there are ways you can save money. Keep reading to learn how.
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3 ways to save on a rental car
Go to a rental car dealer away from the airport
Have you ever noticed a Hertz desk at the airport? Rental car agencies will often set up desks at the airport because it is extra convenient for travelers. How easy would it be to just pick up a car right after you land? Well, that convenience comes at a cost. Off-the-airport dealers can offer you the same car for 20-30% less. Try to find yourself to another Hertz.
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Ask about and look for coupons
A simple Google search will lead you to a land of coupons and discounts as far as the eye can see. Sound dramatic? Good. Rental car places offer tons of coupons because they know coupons help to bring in customers. Even if you just ask the dealer about what discounts they have, you’re bound to save a few bucks.
Avoid higher end models
If you’re shopping for a car that you will only have for a week or two, there is some justification for the thought of going all out. However, if your goal really is to be economical about it, you should check out less expensive vehicles and not worry about all the special features.