How to Rent a Cheap Car on the Internet

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Determine your destination. Rental cars are much more expensive in some locations in the country versus others. If you have a choice in locations for your trip, you may be able to save a few hundred dollars by traveling to a location that offers cheaper cars. For example, Orlando, Florida is one of the more expensive rental locations because it's one of the highest-volume car rental cities. Traveling to Tampa instead may result in a cheaper rental car.

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Search Cheaptickets.com. Under the top menu, select "Cars and Rail." Enter your destination and the dates of travel. The website will perform a search for you and will come back with options from all the major rental brands.

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Search Rentalcars.com. This site is dedicated to rental cars only. They serve 14 major brands. Enter your destination and date information on the home page of the site and they will come up with a list of available rental options.

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Search Expedia.com. Under the top menu, select "Cars." Enter your destination and the dates of travel. The website will perform a search for you and will come back with options from all the major rental brands.

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Compare prices. Using the search results from the three sites, select the lowest priced option.

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Rent the car. Enter your personal and travel information. Enter your credit card number and receive a confirmation number back immediately as well as in your email box.

Tips and Warnings

  • When you are comparing prices online, make sure that they are disclosing all fees in the price. There are some sites that charges extra taxes and fees once you checkout and the car you thought was the cheapest may not turn out to be.
  • Renting a car for travel while on vacation can cost a lot of money if you do not do the proper research. There is no fixed price for rental cars and the prices vary widely depending on where you search. The best way to compare rental car prices is through online searches from home. Instead of going straight to the car rental company, where you will probably pay the highest rate, you can find third-party discount vendors that will charge you much less for the same car.