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On: Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 1:52PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

Save Money on Rental Cars

If you are planning to go on a vacation or travel for business this summer, you will quickly find out that expenses will stack up. While you are on trips, you will likely pickup the tab for airfare, hotel rooms, meals, and rental cars; rental cars can really make the final total you spend on traveling skyrocket. Outside of the initial cost of just renting a car from an agency, there’s plenty of other things that can hike up the final price. You’ll need to factor in gas, rental insurance, and other expense when budgeting for a rental car. There are, however, some ways you can save on rentals.

A big part of the final cost of renting a car is the gas you use. The first step to cut back on the money you put into gas is to get a fuel efficient car, so get the smallest car that can handle your cargo and passengers. Also, there are certain models which are more efficient than others of the same size and class. The more efficient cars include the Nissan Altima, Toyota Prius, Ford Focus, and Hyundai Accent. You can also save gas by knowing where you are going. Don't waste any time driving around looking for your destination; use a GPS to find the best way to get to where you need to be.

Car sharing is also a money saving option when you rent in major metropolitan areas. The car sharing option is ideal for those who need to rent a car for only a few hours at a time. Some major companies, such as Zipcar and Hertz On Demand, offer this options.

When it comes to renting a car, it usually pays to shop around. Find the best rate that will save you the most money and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount or for your company to price match.

Another great way to get the best deal on rentals is to book in advance, as far in advance as you are sure of. A good amount of the business at car rental places is from walk-ins and last minute bookings; early reservations are encouraged because they are a sure thing. Booking early will also ensure that the cheapest model will be made available to you. If during your travels, you plan on also buying plane tickets or staying in a hotel, see if there are bundling options that will gain you a discount on multiple services.


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