Another Rental Car Money-Saving Tip: To GPS or not to GPS

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Whether you are on vacation or taking a business trip, that last thing you want to do when you rent a car is to get lost. That’s why so many people opt to get a GPS system with their rental car. But is that a smart move financially?

Let’s assume you are taking a trip to an unfamiliar city and you plan to do a fair amount of driving. It certainly makes practical sense to have a GPS with you, but does it make financial sense (or cents) to rent one? One thing to consider is that rental car companies will charge you anywhere from $10 to $25 a day for a GPS. For a one or two day rental, that’s not really a big deal, but over the course of a week or more those charges can really add up. So let’s look at two easy ways to save money on a rental car.

One option is to bring your own GPS system. If you already have one at home, then your problem is solved. You can also try asking a friend or co-worker if you can borrow theirs. In some cases, it might even make sense to buy a GPS before your trip. You can pick up a decent one for about a $100, and that might be less than you’d pay to rent one for a full week, plus you get to bring it back with you.

A second option is to check out the GPS capabilities of your mobile phone. Most smart phones have a built-in GPS option, and it generally doesn’t cost much to activate it. Some phones have a monthly GPS fee, but many can be easily cancelled. So you could sign up for the month when you are going to need it and then cancel it when you don’t. Just make sure you give it a test run before your trip so you are familiar with how it works.

Hopefully this tip will help you save a little money on your next car rental. And of course is ready to help save you even more with the lowest rental car rates available for just about any city or airport.

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