Looking through travel sites (such as Kayak and CarRentals.com) to compare rates/availability options and finding the best deal having the travel sites do the footwork for you and follow these simple suggestions:
- If your itinerary is flexible, try adjusting travel dates and times.
- Play around expanding your search into nearby locations.
- Explore within the different vehicle categories (See “Car Rental basic do’s and don’ts“)
Many of these travel websites will offer insurance for your rental, but make sure you read through it carefully as most will:
A) Will Not cover third party (i.e. if you hit someone else).
B) Will not cover certain kinds of vehicles (luxury, specialty or commercial).
C) Will have a low maximum coverage.
Then, after you’ve gotten a rough idea of trending availability and rates, I suggest going directly to the car rental company’s site that caught your attention and most likely, you might find an even steeper discount that way (particularly with “Pay Now” options. But keep in mind that rentals paid in advance are typically nonrefundable).
Note: Make sure to read the company’s terms and conditions since most travel deal websites will most likely not have the full disclosure listed (see below).