Tip for Saving on a Rental Car

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Rental cars are expensive. Yes, no matter how much I search rental cars come with a hefty fee. We are traveling soon and are in need of a rental car for 10 days. The last time we rented a car I was unprepared. I booked the car ahead of time online with the best deal I could find. We ended up paying $150 more when we picked up the car due to fees and insurance.

This time I called my insurance company and asked them if they will cover my rental car. Sure enough, they do! My insurance company will cover the cost of the car repairs if we were to get in an accident. They will not cover the additional rental car fees if the car cannot be returned on time to the rental car company.

If you are renting a car, call your insurance company and find out what they will cover. When you go to pick up the rental car, be prepared. They will ask you to add options and coverage that you may not need.

I also booked our car by going to eBates first. We will earn 3% cashback by initiating our shopping through eBates. If you are new to eBates, check out our post about Online Shopping Rebates.




Comments

  1. Nancy says

    Great points about the insurance and I am thrilled to learn about using eBates. Will definitely look into that. One thing that I found the last time that I rented a car, was once I booked, to keep checking periodically and if/when the rate went down (which it did) there was no penalty for me to cancel and rebook. Kind of a pain, and you have to keep checking, but it did save me quite a bit of money.

    • Renae says

      Nancy,
      Yes, I will keep looking. What I did was book a vehicle that is the companies pick. Basically whatever they have available- mid-size or larger. We are hoping for a van or suv but know that we can fit in a mid-size if needed! Last time we reserved a mid-size and ended up with a van since they were out.

      Ebates has been great for me; especially for Christmas shopping!
      .-= Renae @ Madame Deals ´s last blog ..Tip for Saving on a Rental Car =-.

  2. Cynthia Randolph says

    Also, book through the Entertainment book online, we pay right at $100 for 7 days. A very good deal.

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