It is not that difficult to find cheap car rental. You just have to know all the tricks. Learn why it is better to rent the car in the weekend or for a week. Find out why you should prepay the car and how to get a free upgrade. Read about the right insurance and how to get a few extra hours for free.
The easiest way to save a lot of money is to compare the different car rental agencies’ prices. It would be very time-consuming to do it yourself, but fortunately car rental search websites has been constructed, so you just have to enter dates and location. Then you can see the cheapest price for the various car models.
Another way to find cheap car rental is to rent the car in the weekend. Most car rental agencies have special weekend offers. So try to plan your vacation, so you can use the car in the weekend.
Long term rental is another way to rent an inexpensive car. If you need a car for 4 or 5 days, you can often rent a car for a week for the same amount.
Do you want a larger car model? Then ask. The car rental agencies are willing to buy your loyalty by offering you extra service, so if you ask for an upgrade, they will normally give it to you, if it is possible. But do not plan your whole vacation (and your luggage) on it. Think about it as an extra bonus.
If you say no to the insurance, you can save a lot of money. But it can also cost you a lot of money, if you are not insured when to get involved in a car accident. So read the policy carefully, before you refuse it.
On the other hand there is a lot of extra, easy money to be earned for the car rental agencies on the insurance part of the car rental. So use your common sense and buy only the insurances you think you need.
A normal car rental day is 24 hours. So you can save a whole day, if you keep it for e.g. 23 hours instead of 25 hours. So try to plan your vacation, so you can return it earlier on the returning day than on the day you collected it. If it is not possible, you can try to ask the car rental agency if it is possible to keep it a few extra hours for free. Normally it is not a problem.
Finally it is normally cheaper if you prepay the car. So find a good price on the Internet and book the car instead of doing it when you arrive to the destination. An added bonus is also that the car is ready for you at the airport.