Finding Affordable Car Rentals
If you’re here, don’t miss my previous post about how to find affordable airfare. Traveling can get so expensive, so if there are ways to save money I’m all over it! Car rentals can definitely put a big dent in the travel budget, so I’ve gathered my best tips for finding affordable car rentals.
Look Outside Of The Airport For Cheap Car Rentals
How many times have you searched for a rental car pickup location at the airport? It’s convenient, right? Land and walk a few steps down the airport and pick up your car. But as with anything in life, you are paying for that convenience. But did you know there are alternative pick up locations that can drastically save you money?
Example: The top image is for an SUV at the Sarasota airport. The total with tax is $544.10 for one week. The bottom picture is for the same dates, same car, and still in Sarasota– but it’s in the private terminal. The total with tax is $327.37. That’s over a $200 savings. The private terminal of that airport is accessible via a free shuttle at the airport and less than 2 minutes away.
Whenever you’re flying into an airport, search locations outside of the airport pickup. I’ve booked some that are 50% off by picking up the car at an alternate location!
Turo Rental Cars
There are the national, big players for car rentals like Hertz or Budget, but did you know like Airbnb, there are also cars that are rented out by private citizens? Similar to Airbnb, Turo is a platform that connects driers with car owners.
Example: A search of Sarasota, Florida showed numerous cars for the same dates as the rental example above. Instead of paying the car rental company price, there are many cars, trucks ,SUVs, convertibles, luxury vehicles…some as cheap as $29/day!
Ask About The Manager’s Special
Did you know that each car rental company usually has a daily manager’s special? The manager’s special is usually at a very discounted rate. They typically keep the specs of the car like the type hidden until you book, but it will show how many people & how much luggage it will fit. Once you book, then you will be shown what kind of car you have booked. Substantial savings can be found through this option, so always be sure to ask!