Anyone have tips about using for car rentals?

  • silverfox

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    Aug 09, 2009 4:26 AM GMT
    I am going to Detroit on Friday and my friends keep telling me wait, wait, wait, the best deals come at the very end. Priceline says they can get 40% below their published prices (which are higher than the rate I got when I made an "insurance" reservation through the AAA website)

    Anyway, been trying for the past 2 weeks and really not getting a great deal from them in my opinion so I wait and try each day.

    Does anybody use them for car rentals? Or another website that you can recommend?

    I cannot imagine there are that many people going to Detroit this weekend icon_biggrin.gif
  • silverfox

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    Aug 09, 2009 4:38 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle said poor think you.... icon_mad.gif

    Well I am there for tennis....and I just did a hotlist search of the guys in Detroit....there are a couple of cute ones out there icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 09, 2009 5:23 AM GMT
    One thing is when you look at their regular prices make sure you click on "see more companies". For some reason Enterprise is typically cheapest but doesn't show up on pricelines first page.
    But yes I have use the name your own price for cars and a couple times gotten great deals, but not as often as I get great deals for hotels. I've found a few cities that don't even allow you to name your own price.
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  • DuggerPDX

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    Aug 10, 2009 1:29 AM GMT
    Check with your credit card company to see if you have any discount codes for car rentals, they are sometimes printed on the back of your credit card. Alamo is very proactive at sending our discounts if you are signed up at their website to receive specials.

    The car rental industry here in the states is squeezed for inventory right now, used to be that all of the car makers would dump their excess inventory on the rental companies, Hertz was even owned by Ford at one time. Now with all the cutbacks they are having to bring more imports into their inventories.

    Someone else mentioned renting off-airport, if you do this you sometimes evade all of the extra airport charges attached to car rentals.

    Almost all cities and counties place huge taxes on car rentals and hotel rooms, it's something they can do without upsetting the locals.