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Rental car companies will make you mad

July 28th, 2008 at 09:05 am

I recently went on a business trip that required a rental car once I arrived in the city. I didn't make the initial reservation, the company's travel agent did. I rarely use rental cars, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn "they are a major rip-off."

First the travel agency got a car that cost $78 a day. A day! Okay, then I had to get insurance. The cost $40 a day. Next, I got the GPS system to make sure I got where I needed to go. Price: $13.95 per day. Then I got the gas plan that was fixed for my 24 hour stay, which came fo $64. Finally, I was charged a 10% fee of $33.82 just because of what? Stil do not know. The final cost for having a rental car for 24 hours $391.20.

I know it wasn't my money per se, but goodness gracious. If people are actually paying these prices for rental cars, they will find themselves in bankruptcy. These were corporate rates. Obviously, corporate rates suck!

I know for a fact you can get incredible car rental rates on www.priceline.com or www.orbitz.com. We went to Oregon for eight days and rented a car on orbitz. It cost around $150 for eight days. Also, we went to Arizona, rented a car, and the cost was around $180 for 5 days.

What has been your experience with rental cars?

6 Responses to “Rental car companies will make you mad”

  1. merch Says:

    I always had a pleseant time renting cars. I has renting a car for 4 days every week. Usually you don't need to take their insurance. My business credit card took care of that.

    I don't getthe GPS. I print out maps. and I don't pay for the gas plan.

  2. gruntina Says:

    My regular auto insurance covers rentals so I do not need to purchase extra insurances on rentals.

  3. sharmanl Says:

    Unfortunately, since my car is paid off and I do not have full coverage, I had to purchase auto insurance. However, I will look research to see if my business visa will cover insurance for next time.

  4. snoopycool Says:

    Retailmenot . Com has codes you can use when booking online. Saved me 100 bucks (I paid the rate you did but had a van for 8 days).

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  6. SicilyYoder Says:

    I keep a corporate rental car all year- I travel so much. It costs me $465.00 a month, for the month-or-more-program, but I have my own insurance on it. I have to trade out cars so much due to high mileage.

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