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Rental Car Update

February 24th, 2015 at 02:58 pm

After doing some more searching, I found that Hertz was offering to waive the "Young Driver" fee if you signed up for their Gold Family Membership. (Which is free)

I signed up for it, and cancelled my previous car, saving me $200!!

BUT. I wonder if they will honor that. I called them to check and make sure, and no one seemed to know what I was talking about.

I will be printing the website page out to bring with me to prove that, that was the discount I was offered. Hopefully if I have any problems I can throw a stink and get it.

I'm super scared I'm going to pick up the car and they are going to tack on a bunch of fees. I've heard horror stories. :/ Lots of fine print, and extra details. Any suggestions or advice on renting cars? I'm doubtful that I will actually pay what I am quoted.

4 Responses to “Rental Car Update”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Don't sign up for their insurance. Don't have them fill up the gas for you - make sure you fill it up yourself when you bring it back (even a little extra.)

    Do plan on fees being added .. in my experience it's never turned out to be the actual quoted price.

  2. snafu Says:

    Please call your car insurance agent and make sure you have a 'rider' on your policy to ensure you while renting a car and bring your insurance card or both if DH will also drive. We've always decided in advance which of us will drive and which will be designated 'navigator.' Some auto rental agencies charge for a secondary driver, others not.

    There are always extra charges. If you rent from an airport distribution point there is usually an extra charge. We've rented from agencies that pick you up in a van and take you to an off site distribution/sign up and it was an ok extra step. At the end of rental they reverse the procedure and shuttle you back to airport departure.

    Make sure you understand what time you need to return the car before being charged an extra day. It's not by the clock we know and understand. I found myself charged for the following day because I was waiting in the zig zag line as my time expired and the agency was short staffed that particular day.

  3. bluesfemme Says:

    I've heard some horror stories through my work. It's worth taking a walk round the car and open the boot to check for scratches/marks and a quick peek underneath for existing damage - make sure any is marked on the form. If you have to return it somewhere where there's not someone to check it in right away, take photos round the outside to show the condition you left it in (and make sure your ph/camera is time stamping correctly). Sounds like a fab trip!

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'm not sure how much time you have before you are leaving, but something else to check into is that some dealerships also offer a rental program. We were able to rent an SUV directly from a Toyota dealership the next county over for a one week road trip and it cost us half of what we could have gotten from a car rental place. Not all dealerships do this, but if one near you does, it is so worth finding out.

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