Top 10 International Car Rental Tips
Vet Multiple Agencies and Search for Deals
All the big U.S. rental companies (Alamo/National, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty) have branches throughout Europe and many other international locales; and the bigger the company, the more likely it is to have more locations for pickups and drop-offs. Per usual, hit the ’net for the best deals. Shop around on sites like Expedia, Priceline, Travelocity, and Kayak, then compare the prices you find to the agency’s own stated rates. Better yet, search multiple sites in one shot by using our Travel Search price comparison tool – you can find car rentals at rates of up to 70 percent off; or, peruse our general car rental deals on ShermansTravel.com. While it can be cheaper to arrange your rental through a third party, like Auto Europe (www.autoeurope.com) or CarRentals.com (www.carrentals.com), booking via consolidators versus directly with an agency can potentially make for middleman hassles if you run into any issues out on the road. Call and inquire about weekend specials, rebates, and other promotions; most agencies offer discounts for frequent flyers of certain airlines and credit card holders, as well as markdowns for senior citizens and AAA members. If you plan to rent on a regular basis, save money by joining a company’s rental club (usually free) – you’ll nab a number of perks, like free rental days, air miles, and more.
Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, car rentals, and more travel deals.
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