Whether you are a seasoned traveler or getting ready to make your first trip in a long time, you are probably familiar with many of the standard rental car types: compact, mid-size, full-size, luxury, SUV, etc. But one thing even frequent travelers often don’t know is that you might want to change up the class of car you reserve depending on where you are renting. Why is that? Read on for another car rental tip from RentACarNow.com.
First off, this tip is not going to help you if you are traveling with a large group or bringing the kids along. It also won’t work if you are flying to a major airport, like JFK or LAX. But if you are traveling alone or with just one other person, it sometimes makes sense to reserve a compact or the smallest car possible (which is almost always the least expensive), especially if you are flying to an airport in a smaller city or renting from a small, non-airport location. The reason for this is that most small rental locations have only a handful of compact cars on the lot, so if there’s not one available when you get there, then they will need to upgrade you to a higher class of car without any additional charge. Of course this doesn’t work every time, and sometimes you’ll actually end up with the compact car you reserved. But in that case, you can still enjoy your trip knowing that you got the lowest rental car rate available and you won’t be spending much on gas. And you can always ask about moving up to a larger class of car when you get to the rental car counter after they tell you that they have a compact car for you.