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6 ways to save money on rental cars

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No company is cheaper than the others on a consistent basis when it comes to rental cars. The rates depend on the trip particulars such as the dates and times the car is needed, the city where you'll rent the car, and the type of car you choose. Visit aggregator travel websites to compare bottom-line prices for each individual situation.

If prices look high for your destination across all rental car companies, consider checking pricing in nearby cities, says Joe Friday, a frequent business traveler and general manager of Amazing Keys, which provides replacement remote car keys. For example, Friday travels to Orlando, Fla., several times per year, and when the car rental prices in Orlando are higher than normal, he checks the rental car prices in Tampa, Fla. If the prices are lower there, it can be worth going to Tampa and driving 84 miles to Orlando to save money on the rental car, he says.

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