6 Ways to Keep Your Car Rental Costs Down While on Vacation

By jackdawson, 04 April, 2015

When on vacation, you want the flexibility of moving around without worrying about the daily costs of taxi fare. You might be travelling with your family but your car is just not big enough for everyone.

That is where renting a car is advantageous for you. Car rental companies enable you to get your choice of vehicle for a given period of time.

There are things that you can do to ensure that you get the best car rental deal:

1.     Hire from a small company

Your first instinct when looking for a rental is to hire from world renowned brands such as Hertz. This could be mostly for security reasons.

If you do an online search, you’ll find many small and reputable companies that will give you good service at very low costs.

Small companies have little overhead costs hence they are able to keep friendly rates.

2.     Look for bundled rates

There are car rental companies that collaborate with vacation rentals to offer you a friendlier bundled rate.

If you happen to be vacationing in Tadoba for instance, you can discuss with property managers from lodge rentals in Tadoba to see if they have such collaborations.

3.     Look for discounts

If you have frequent flier miles or you are a member of AAA, you may be able to access discount programs offered by car rental companies.

Don’t despair if you do not qualify through AAA or frequent flier miles. Most new businesses offer very creative discounts in an effort to stay ahead of the competition. Most of these rental companies also offer reduced rates based on the number of days you are renting.

Look online for any that are offering promotional packages.

4.     Don’t rent from the airport

Airport rentals are convenient for travelers and they charge you for this convenience. You will spend more if you rent a car at the airport than if you rent one outside the airport.

If you’re making your booking online prior to your travel, you can ask the rental company to deliver the car to your vacation rental or at the airport. You might be charged a little extra.

5.     Negotiate

The only way to get the best deals is to ask for them. Ask for a better car or a better rate and you might just get lucky.

Check the mood of the rental attendant and it could be your lucky day. Remember to ask nicely.

Small companies are especially more likely to have many cars waiting in their garage so it’s easier to get a replacement from them as opposed to if you are hiring from a big company that sees a lot of hiring activity.

6.     Pay in advance

You can prepay for the rental car through the rental company directly or through booking sites. Normally, booking sites tend to have better discount rates in an effort to promote themselves.

Prepaying is good if you have firm plans in place and do not foresee yourself cancelling the trip. In case of cancellation, you will not be refunded your money.