resource for automotive information, offers consumers money-saving tips
of a Rental Car Agent
of a Rental Car Agent.” The article features insider information
from a former rental car agent who reveals the ins and outs of car
Here are some of the highlights of the rental car agent’s advice:
Very few customers actually need extra rental car insurance. At as
much as $26 a day it can almost double the cost of the car rental.
Check your existing insurance policies and your credit card services
to learn what coverage you already have before reserving a rental car.
If the agent is offering you a car upgrade, it may be because they
don’t have the class of vehicle you want on the lot. Decline the offer
and you’ll probably get the upgrade for free.
Stay focused on the “out-the-door” total. An upgrade that costs $5 a
day can add up fast over the length of the rental and probably isn’t
Always say no to the prepaid gas option. Unless you drive back on to
the lot with a completely empty tank, it’s a waste of money.
“Keep in mind that rental car agents are salesmen who have a stake in
selling you upgrades and extras that you don’t necessarily need,”. Said
Edmunds.com Senior Consumer Advice Editor Philip Reed. “The rental car
business is very competitive. If you aren’t happy with what you’re
being offered, stay firm and threaten to go elsewhere—you'll probably
get the offer you want.”.
“Confessions of a Rental Car Agent” can be found at http://www.edmunds.com/advice/buying/articles/165627/article.html.
Edmunds.com also published Top 10 Rental Car Tips at http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/list/top10/116640/article.html
and Tips for A Hassle-Free Car Rental at http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/driving/articles/46971/article.html.
Edmunds.com launched its Confessions
Series at http://www.edmunds.com/confessions/
articles offer invaluable guidance to consumers looking to save money on
a new car, navigate the dealership service department, purchase new
tires and perform other automotive tasks.
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