Renting a car is a lot like buying an airline ticket. There are certain things that you can do to help find a cheap car rental and things you can do to ensure you get the car you need.
The first thing to remember is that most car rental places allow customers to reserve their choices months ahead of time. By reserving you choice ahead of time you will have time to watch for the best rates. Just make sure to reserve the rate before the date of departure gets to close because rates go up the closer the date gets.
The second tip is to use available discounts. Sometimes a rental place will run a promotion and issue discount vouchers in an attempt to draw more business. Simply present the voucher or input the coupon code into the computer upon check out to enjoy the savings. Some discount codes and offers can be found on-line.
The third tip is to try and rent the car over the weekend. Weekend specials are a big hit with most car renters. The rental place will lower prices on the weekend so that customer traffic will come in and rent from them.
Fourthly the size of the car will dictate what price you will have to pay. If you can live with a smaller car while renting then you will save a few dollars.
Fifthly a renter needs to realize that the car rental shop charges extra to have to put gas in the tank. Make sure to fill the tank before turning the car in. Instead of paying regular gas price you will end up paying four to five dollars a gallon if you don't.
The sixth thing to do in order to save money is check with your insurance company to see if they cover rental car rentals while on vacation. If they do, feel free to decline the insurance that is offered by the car rental.
Seventh, make sure to shop around.
Just because one rental place is offering a deal that doesn't make them the cheapest.
Eighth, keep in mind that if you reserve the car early you can keep checking to see if the rates have gone down. If they have request a price match for the car. Most places will lower the rate just to keep you from going to the competitor.
Lastly, make sure to turn the car in on time. Failure to turn the vehicle in on time will mean penalty fees you will have to pay. By practicing these tips you are sure to find the cheap car rentals that are out there.