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Rental Car Do’s And Don’ts – Save Money and Score Free Upgrades


Rental Car Do’s And Don’ts – Save Money and Score Free UpgradesWhen it comes to travel, these rental car do’s and don’ts will save money and enable you to score free upgrades. To ensure you get the most for your money, use these car rental tips to ensure you don’t let freebies and money-saving opportunities slip through your fingers.

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Check in at the counter. Talking to an actual person is the only way you’re going to get the opportunity to ask for complimentary upgrades.

Ask for an upgrade. Always ask for incentives, perks, and upgrades when you’re booking and/or when you’re picking up your ride.

Always be positive, never pushy. Attitude is the key element in getting any kind of perk or upgrade for free or at a deeply discounted price.

Take a photo of your rental car and send it to a friend or family member at home, especially when traveling abroad. It never hurts to be safe!

Compare the weekly rate deals versus the exact amount of days you need the car. Often, you might not need the car for the entire week, but you can get a cheaper deal by keeping the car longer.

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Use the kiosks. Unless time is absolutely vital, skip the kiosks that are designed to save time, but cost you an upgrade opportunity.

Leave your current auto insurance card at home. Having a copy of your insurance card will save you tons of money. Most policies already cover rentals, so having a copy of your card will help you forgo the expensive insurance options most rental companies try to push on you.

Return the car late. When scheduling out your return slot, make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Often, companies will charge you for an entire day if you go over your submitted return time. Conversely, companies can charge you for returning the car early. It sounds crazy, but it’s not uncommon for rental companies to charge for the full amount of time you booked even if you find out you don’t need the car the entire time.

Let anyone else drive. Whoever is listed as the driver when you register is the only person who should be behind the wheel. Period.

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  1. Michele says

    This is very good information. I remember having to rent a car when mine was in the shop for an extended period of time. Using my own auto insurance sure saved me a bundle!

  2. Jolina says

    These are great tips. Especially asking for an upgrade. I think most people take it for granted that simply asking is the key to getting one! It won’t hurt to ask right??

  3. Neely Moldovan says

    These are great tips. We rent cars whenever we travel and while my husband has a knack for this he will love these tips too! Thanks so much!

  4. Liz Mays says

    I use car rental services a lot when I’m traveling and this is good advice. Talking to a person for your rental is definitely smart.

  5. zim says

    Good information! We rely on car rentals when travelling to see friends and family and we never pause to consider any of your Do’s and Don’ts. These will be handy.

  6. Carrie says

    These are great tips! I never knew if you had your insurance card that it would save you money. I will definitely remember that next time we rent a car.

  7. Elizabeth O says

    These are great points to remember. I also recommend building a relationship with a local dealer so they can offer you better pricing and flexible terms. 🙂

  8. Agness says

    Excellent tips, Cara! These tips are definitely worth remembering!

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