How to Avoid Hidden Car Rental Fees

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Whether you are a seasoned business traveler or just take an occasional family vacation, you know that the travel industry has gone fee crazy. Even if you find a low airfare, you might have to pay an extra fee to check your baggage, have something to eat on the plane or even get a pillow.

Rental car companies have also become pretty creative when it comes to charging new fees, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay them. If you are looking to save money on a rental car, your first step should be to check out our website, We always provide rental car rates from several companies to help you find the best deal.

After you find the best rate, then you need to put on your fee-finding glasses. Two of the most common fees are extra time and gas. Let’s take a quick look at each.

Even though most rental cars are priced by the “day,” you have to remember that in the rental car world there are not always 24 hours in a day. So if you rent a car from 11 a.m. on Friday until 3 p.m. on Sunday, that’s actually three rental days because the rental companies round up to the next day after just a few extra hours. So pay attention to the time your rental starts and stops, and remember that shaving a few hours off on either end can sometimes save you a nice chunk of change.

When it comes to fuel, rental car companies are quick to offer the “convenient” option of pre-paid gas, but as with almost any other convenience, it comes at a price. While it sounds enticing to just pay for the full tank of gas upfront, it’s unlikely that you’ll use the whole tank and you’ll have a hard time siphoning out what’s left to bring back home (not to mention having a bit of trouble at security). It almost always makes more financial sense to fill up the tank yourself before you return the car. But just don’t forget, because there’s also a fee for not returning the car with a full tank.

Luckily for you, rental car companies are not quite as fee crazy as the airlines, so with a little advance planning you can easily avoid paying anything more than your original rental rate.

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