June 29, 2017

6 Summer Rental Car Savings Secrets

IM-Rental Car Savings SecretsAre you looking to rent a car for a family trip this summer? Are you looking to cut costs? If so, you’ll want to keep these six summer rental car savings secrets in mind: 

1. Use rental car coupon codes. Coupons are a great way to save money on your summer trip. You can take advantage of coupons by using sites like RetailMeNot, as well as by checking out the rental company websites and their Facebook and Twitter pages. Subscribing to the car rental companies’ websites is another way to make sure your family doesn’t miss out on great savings. 

2. Be aware that prices change every day. Since car rentals generally don’t need to be prepaid, you can continue to comparison shop until you and your family are ready to pick up the rental car. 

3. Book once you’ve decided on when you’re taking your trip. This is especially important if you want to travel at a popular time or over a holiday weekend. You don’t want your family’s summer trip to get ruined just because you were unable to rent a car. Since rates are constantly changing, you may find a better deal as your family vacation approaches. You may be able to re-book at a lower rate later on. 

4. Avoid prepaying for gas. There’s generally no reason to add this additional cost to your rental car. You’ll likely find that there’s a gas station near the airport you and your family are flying from. As long as you re-fuel the car before you return it, you should have no issues. Tip: save the gas receipt when you refill the tank before dropping it off at the car rental company to avoid any potential disputes. 

5. Steer clear of any extra amenities. GPS may seem necessary when you’re away from home, but you can always use the GPs on your smartphone. If you’ll be traveling in a state where EZ-Pass is used for tolls, bring your own EZ-Pass transponder along for your family trip. 

6. Make wise insurance decisions. If you have a personal auto insurance policy, it will generally cover collision and liability when you rent a car in the U.S. Many credit cards also offer collision coverage for car rentals. If you don’t own a car, read up on insurance options prior to your family’s summer vacation. A non-owner’s policy can be a more cost-effective option than buying insurance from a car rental company, especially if you rent a car several times a year. 

As you can see, there are a number of ways you can save money on your summer rental car. Why spend unnecessary money to rent a car when you could put that extra cash towards your family vacation? A big thanks to AutoSlash for these fantastic tips and secrets. 

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