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Rent a Car Cheap

Updated on April 2, 2011

Save money on your next rental car.

Follow these tips for your next rental and save money.

Hit the web. Promotional codes, coupons and discounts are often avaiable online, especially for large companies like Budget, Avis, Enterprise and Hertz.

Investigate web sites like your zip code, the date and time of rental, and get a list of prices from lowest to highest from the major national car rental companies. You can sign up for a rental car and pick it up at the price quoted, but instead, it's better to use a site like that as a starting point for negotiation.

Since you’ve typed in your zip code, your results give you the nearest local car rental company.

Call your local car rental company directly. Explain that you've gotten an online quote of such-and-such. Ask them - politely - if they can do any better. Often, they are quite willing to work with you.

Are a college alumnus or alumnae? You may get a discount of up to 15 or 20 percent. Whether or not you've signed up with your alumni office and obtained the official ID number that the rental company uses for your school, ask anyway. The company may oblige you. If they don't, call your school and get it.

Does your employer or company have a discount agreement? You can ask the rental company if they have it on file, or you can ask your Human Resources Department. If so, ask if this discount be combined with your alumni discount.

Does the rental company itself has any coupons or promotions that can be applied to your rental? They may not, or they may not be able to offer you any, but you won’t know unless you ask. Be polite – no one will fault you for asking. You're not being greedy - you're just being smart.

Consider pre-payment. Often, companies offer discount for this.

Rent only what you need. Live without power windows & doors for a week. Lose the frills and gain some cash.

Need the car for more than a few days? Consider a weekly rate; it's more economical.

You can save a lot of money easier than you think.

Save money by not getting more car than you need.
Save money by not getting more car than you need.
Save money on road trips with these simple tips.
Save money on road trips with these simple tips.


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    • inklesstales profile image

      inklesstales 9 years ago from California

      I actually DID all these things when I had to rent a car recently. That's how I found all these things out.


    • kappa022 profile image

      kappa022 9 years ago from Florida

      Fantastic tips, I'm going to have to try this on my next trip. Thanks!

    • Direxmd profile image

      Direxmd 9 years ago

      Excellent article! Are you in the business? What did it take for you to find out these tips? :)

    • Lgali profile image

      Lgali 9 years ago

      nice ideas