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Rent A Cheap Car: It’s About The Cash And Not The FlashAuthor: David Patullo
Sometimes you just need to rent a cheap car. Whatever the reason, you need wheels that aren’t going to cost too much. Under these circumstances, you are not out to impress with some fancy car hire and you are footing the bill, not your insurance company. There are a couple of ways to dramatically reduce rental costs, and most of them start with the Internet.
There are a number of companies out there whose specialty is to rent a cheap car. You can do a search engine survey to find them. Just type in something easy like, “Rent a cheap car,” and they’ll start popping up all over.
Some sites like priceline.com will allow you to set your own rate. They will send your offer out and you wait for someone to respond with a matching price. This works pretty good if you are on a tight budget, and you probably are or you wouldn’t be looking for such an inexpensive rental. Just remember to set your pricing within a realistic range, even though there is a company called Dollar Car Rental, nobody is actually going to rent you a car for a dollar a day.
Believe it or not, people still use coupons and companies still offer them. In fact, car rental agencies often offer coupons in change of address kits, the Yellow Pages, newspapers, and even online. You can also look for car rental coupons at airport brochure counters, travel agencies, visitor welcome centers, the chamber of commerce, and AAA. The coupons offer specials and savings that will help you rent a car cheap.
Don’t just assume that a coupon is a good deal. Always compare prices between many rental agencies. If you have a preferred rental agency, take a competitor’s coupon to them and ask if they will meet or beat the offer. You would be surprised how often they will.
Consider the size of the car you want to rent. You can usually get the best rates on a compact or economy car rental. Don’t rent more car than you actually need.
Also, do not purchase more insurance than you actually need. The advice here is not “better safe, than sorry.” Sorry is when you overspend on insurance, and most agencies will try and convince you to do just that. Before you rent, call your insurance company. Tell them that you are in the process of renting a vehicle and you would like a copy of the declaration page of your coverage. Usually, your automobile insurance coverage follows to your rental, unless you are renting a truck.
You need comp and collision on your insurance coverage for the policy to follow to your rental. If this coverage is not on your auto insurance policy, you will have to purchase coverage from the car rental agent. If they want you to purchase a waiver covering the deductible, don’t buy it if the deductible on the rental is the same or less than on your insurance. If you can cover the deductible for your own car, why couldn’t you handle it to rent a cheap car?