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Anyone have tips on renting a car? - May 29, 2013, 09:01 AM

I need to rent a car from Portland ME airport in July for 5 days. Anyone have any tips to getting the best deal? The rates on the car sites are like 100 bucks a day which sounds outrageous to me.
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May 29, 2013, 09:04 AM

One tip. I rented a car in LA a while ago, they offered to upgrade me for $10 a day... and ended up giving me a minivan.

I was there to visit a couple of pretty good looking girls who've done shoots for Suicide Girls. Suffice to say it worked out well because I ended up with 5 of their hot friends that night, but the mini van was not a good look. Watch what you get upgraded too!

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May 29, 2013, 10:02 AM

Priceline has worked well for me lately. Go on there and underbid that shiz. I have been getting nice cars for 17-23 bux a day.
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One tip. I rented a car in LA a while ago, they offered to upgrade me for $10 a day... and ended up giving me a minivan.

I was there to visit a couple of pretty good looking girls who've done shoots for Suicide Girls. Suffice to say it worked out well because I ended up with 5 of their hot friends that night, but the mini van was not a good look. Watch what you get upgraded too!

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May 29, 2013, 10:51 AM

kayak.com usually gets me the best prices.. I just got a mini cooper from Dulles for 4 days.. less than 200 bucks.

I just did a quick kayak search and found plenty for under 100 a day...


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May 29, 2013, 11:22 AM

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Priceline has worked well for me lately. Go on there and underbid that shiz. I have been getting nice cars for 17-23 bux a day.

^THIS. I use this for both hotels and cars and usually get at least 50% off the stated rate.

This website is also helpful, as there are a few ways to trick the priceline system. Priceline and Hotwire Forum










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^THIS. I use this for both hotels and cars and usually get at least 50% off the stated rate.

This website is also helpful, as there are a few ways to trick the priceline system. Priceline and Hotwire Forum
+1 on this.

If you are absolutely positive on the dates and times you need the car: use Priceline.

I got a Dodge Charger for 4 days at $20/day over Easter.


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May 29, 2013, 11:45 AM

Does your employer have any agreements in place for employee travel?

My negotiated rate is dirt cheap compared to what I can find online, and I can use it for personal travel as well.

It doesn't help that Avis has been competing for the business for years, so we almost always get upgrades thrown in without asking. Had a nice Jeep when I was in LA a couple of months ago. It's considered a "fun vehicle" and is stupid expensive compared to their compact and mid-sized cars.
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May 29, 2013, 11:51 AM

Also check with your credit card for what type of car insurance they provide on rental cars. My Amex covers car insurance to a point then my normal car insurance provides the rest. Amex pays my deductibles. But that being said it's been awhile sense I have used them for that so I would have to go back and see if they have made any changes.


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I always seem to get the best rates by a substantial margin with Enterprise.


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I always seem to get the best rates by a substantial margin with Enterprise.
^^^This.
I don't even bother checking the other companies. Enterprise is almost always 10-25% less expensive. They're weekend special rates are bargains as well.

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