Here is how you can save hundreds of dollars on a rental car

Here is how you can save hundreds of dollars on a rental car
Here is how you can save hundreds of dollars on a rental car

HOUSTON – If you’re planning a trip out of town that includes a flight, chances are you’ll need a rental car where ever you’re going.

We know rental cars are in high demand right now. Many rental car companies are running out in popular destination cities across the country. Even with the high demand, there are still a lot of ways to score big discounts on a rental car.

I plugged in the same details on several different rental car booking sites. The differences in quotes I got back were staggering. I could pay $699 from National Rental Car or $290 from OptimoRent for the same type of vehicle for the exact same number of days. That’s a savings of $376.

Tip: Reserve a car as soon as you know you’ll need one. Unlike airline tickets, if you don’t pre-pay, you can always cancel your reservation if you find a better deal before your trip.

Finding better deals

Start at a car booking site like Priceline, Expedia or Travelocity to get a base price for comparison.

We searched for a mid-size car from the Orlando (MCO) Airport from June 18 to June 23. Priceline spit out a quote for $491 that it said would get us a car from either National Rental Car, Hertz or Avis.

Then I went directly to those sites to see if any of them offered a better directly booking direct through their sites. They did not.


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