Please help trying to avoid rental car ripoffs
I want to fly from ATL to BOS and rent a car for 5 days to go up into NH. The first attempt was the supposed bundle and save package by expedia. They didn't even pretend to save you any money on flights or car rental. From there I tried rentalcars.com who at Google said cars from $6/day. Going to their site there was nothing for $6 but there were supposed options for twice that price at $12/day, BUT!!!, the lowest total price for 5 days was $118. My calculator says 12 X 5 is $60, so their best price is over twice what they say. So I tried expedia for just rental cars and they list cars for $12/day and the 5 day cost is around $60:
BUT!!! looking at the details that have check marks by them some of the text and check marks are green and some of the text and check marks are black. Is that a way of tricking us into thinking they have Unlimited mileage and then they charge us for mileage when we return the vehicle? Or...??? Can anyone suggest the most economical way to rent a small car (it's just me with 2 bags) for 5 days (Feb 10-14) to drive from BOS up into NH and back to BOS?
Thank you for any help!
You might want to cast your search field a little wider. Just because they make savings claims doesn’t mean they have them. I took a quick look at Travelocity (I usually look there first then book direct) and short of completing the rental show sub $100.00 pricing.
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There is also AutoSlash (they have a forum here.) Once you book, they will search and get much lower rates. My rental in Hawaii has already come down > $100; others have much greater success.
ETA: Here is a link to the forum: https://insideflyer.com/forums/forums/autoslash.245/ , and the website is https://www.autoslash.com/ .
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After i read about AutoSlash on here, that's all I use for rental cars. Makes for great savings over the other methods I was using !
Another +1 for AutoSlash from me.
Some things to think about specifically for Boston, but sometimes for other big airport locations. If you get a really good daily rate, the taxes and fees are sometimes double the daily rate making it looks much higher than the advertised rates. Also, in Boston, you have to look at what they will charge you for use of the automated toll collector. There is NO WAY that I know of to get out of the airport without passing the no completely cashless (unmanned) toll booths. Some rentals charge you the extra fee every day even if you only use the toll pass going in and out of the airport. Do lots of research. Also watch for fees like extra hours,etc. Hertz now charges almost $20/gallon if you forget to fill up the car before bringing it back. Another, you have to have a receipt proving you filled up the car close the airport, etc. It isn't just about getting the best rental price these days.
Good luck and post how things went after your trip.
Yes all good points alwweb. Some further comments:
1. We recommend getting an EZ Pass and use that instead of the ones offered by the rental companies.
2. It's always worth checking off-airport rates and then taking a cab/Uber/Lyft to the off-airport location to pick up. This can help you avoid airport fess. Often you can even do an off-airport pickup and a return to the airport to avoid the cab/Uber/Lyft on the return.
3. Many of the rental companies charge you for fuel if you drive less than 75 miles, so on those cases your advice is good that you need a receipt. If you've driven over 75 miles you should not need a receipt. If the tank is full, you should not be charged.
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+1 Alwweb & Autoslash! "Airport Concession Fees," special taxes to fund stadiums in some cities, "Vehicle License Fees" because license plates &or property tax on cars is so expensive in some States. . .
Also, with all major & most small car-rental companies,
"day" means 24-hour period. So if you pick up at 1 PM on Feb. 10, your 4th day ends at 1 PM on Feb. 14. Stupidly IMO, most companies charge 1/3 to 1/2 of a daily rate for 1 extra hour, so by 3:01 or 4:01 you're paying for 5 "days!" Also, 1 "week" usually costs 5 daily rates in the USA & Canada.
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My tips are:
1. Check out costco if you're a member. Decent rates and spouse drives for free.
2. Find out if your personal vehicle insurance can be ported over to your rental car. We upgraded our insurance for $30 to allow us to do so. Now, whenever I rent a car in the US/Canada, I don't need to buy additional insurance.