If you’re heading home for the holidays, you might be interested in renting a car. It can be hard to find a good deal but they are most definitely out there.
If you have some extra cash, renting a car can be a small expense, if you play your cards right. It will also save you wear and tear on your own car and give you chance to ride in style. The important thing to remember if you decide to rent a car is to never stop looking for deals. Just like airlines, car rental companies are constantly changing their rates. You are not charged to reserve a car, so you if you see a deal and reserve the car, you can easily cancel if you find a better deal later.
The major car companies include Avis, Hertz, Alamo, Budget, Dollar, National, Thrifty and Enterprise. If you can be a bit flexible on your dates, that may also help you get a better deal. Constantly check the web sites of the various car companies for a good deal on a rental car. They may be running a special, so you never know what you’ll find.
Another great resource for deals include travel web sites such as Kayak, Expedia and Orbitz. They negotiate with car rental companies all the time for the best deals. Another great resource is online coupons or other memberships you may have. If you hold credit cards or are a member of different associations, they might offer special deals through certain car rental companies. Be sure to check with everything from your credit card company to your car insurance company for discounts on renting a car. Don’t be afraid to ask parents or other relatives if they have access to discount rental rates, either. You’ll never know what type of discounts might be at your disposal if you don’t ask.
If you plan to rent a car on a regular basis, join a rewards program and always rent from the same provider. This will allow you to earn loyalty points and before you know it, you will have free rentals you can use. The key to finding the best deal on a rental is research. To sniff out the best deals, you’ll have to continue to look around. Don’t be afraid to book a car once you find a deal that sounds reasonable. You can always cancel it if something better comes along.
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