Thursday, April 2, 2009

Renting Cars for Road Trips – Part 2

Linda shops for rental cars by telephone. Once we’ve set the schedule for a trip she will call car companies – usually three to five. She gets quotes from each company and makes a reservation for the best deal.

But that’s not all. It turns out that pricing for rental cars is highly variable. Periodically she’ll call the rental car companies again and get new quotes. If a better price is available she locks it in and cancels the original reservation. The process is repeated until we pick up the car.

Obviously, you need to start shopping weeks before your trip. Typically, Linda reduces our rental fee by 50%. Usually we end up with a total rental cost less than $0.20 per mile.

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