Hoping for a cheap car rental in the Great Recession? Sorry, car rental fees are going up, thanks to agencies selling off chunks of their fleets and creating a false shortage, Michelle Higgins writes in the New York Times. Last month, the average weekly airport rental price jumped 73% over the previous year, from $199 to $345. “There’s a lot of sticker shock,” said one analyst. “People don’t understand."
How to get the best deal possible?
- Avoid airport and downtown lots, which jack prices higher; rates are usually lower in the 'burbs.
- Book larger vehicles; most customers go for the smaller, fuel-efficient cars.
- Avoid Avis, Hertz, and other national chains. Mom-and-pop companies have lower overhead and lower prices.
- Try virtual coupons from sites like FatWallet.com and CouponWinner.com.
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