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Cheap car rentals
Drive into the sunset without crashing your budget.
Our team rounds up cheap car rental deals from Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Dollar and more to help you find a price that’s well within your budget. Score low rates by using Expedia, Orbitz, Tripadvisor, Booking.com and other booking sites, which often run special promotions of their own. Because saving money on your car rental means you’ll have more to spend on the road.
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How to find a cheap car rental
We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching how to find the cheapest travel deals, including car rentals, all around the globe. Here are our best hacks for saving money on your next rental:
- Use a tool like Expedia or Kayak. These sites use sophisticated algorithms to gather rates from dozens of car rental providers, so you can quickly compare prices. Filter your search by lowest price to see the cheapest car rentals available.
- Take advantage of deals and discounts. Before booking, check to see if the car rental company offers one of these common discounts:
- Hotel and airline loyalty programs
- Military and veteran
- Government employees
- Corporate discounts (ask your HR department)
- Costco or Sam’s Club
- Bundle it with flights, accommodations or both. Book a vacation package that includes your car rental to save some money. If you want to bundle your flight and car rental, we recommend looking into JetBlue Vacations and Southwest Vacations, which offer exclusive discounts.
- Rent economy models. Premium and luxury models tend to be more expensive than economy cars. Expedia has an Economy filter to help you identify the most inexpensive rentals — cars like Kia Rios, Nissan Versas, Chevy Sparks, and Toyota Yaars.
- Usually, car rental sites won’t show you the cheapest cars first unless you apply the economy cars filter. Be wary of the first options that appear when you make a search, as these tend to be pricier.
- Check for weekly rates. Sometimes you’ll get a lower price by taking advantage of a weekly deal instead of renting for only five or six days. If weekly rates are available, typically there’s no extra fees if you return the vehicle early.
- Avoid picking it up at the airport. Car rentals that you pick up from the airport are usually more expensive than from stand-alone rental shops, because you pay for the convenience. See how much a car rental would cost if you pick it up from a lot 15 or 20 minutes away from the airport, then calculate whether it’ll still be cheaper after you pay for an Uber or taxi ride to get there.
- Don’t buy car insurance unless you actually need it. Many credit cards include car rental insurance as a perk. Call your credit card company to confirm whether you’re already covered before saying yes to pricey add-ons.
- Travel during “off peak” times. Car rentals during popular travel times like spring and summer vacation, Thanksgiving and Christmas tend to be pricier than weekdays during off-peak travel months like January, February, September and October. If you’re planning a road trip, avoid holidays like Memorial Day and the 4th of July, opting for times when most people are stuck at work — and prices will be cheaper due to lack of demand.
- Consider booking with points. If you’re part of a hotel or airline loyalty program, you may be able to book a car rental for free or cheap by using your points.
- Compare prices with a peer-to-peer rental. Zipcar, Getaround, Turo and Enterprise CarShare are four sites that can connect you with a car owner that wants to rent their ride. Unlike Uber, you’ll get the keys and the car all to yourself, so you can take the wheel and drive around for however long you need.
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