6 ways to save money on rental cars

Book in advance
Book in advance © Petr Kopka/

Rental car rates are based on availability. The more cars a rental company has available in its fleet on a given day, the lower the price will be. As cars become booked, the price on the remaining cars will go up. For that reason, you can save money by booking your rental car in advance rather than waiting until you get there when the lot may be almost empty.

"Reservation prices are always cheaper than the walk-up price at the airport," Friday says. "Even if you have to log in to your laptop or smartphone at the airport to make a reservation, it will be cheaper than the walk-up price."

If you have time to plan in advance, check the prices on a travel aggregation website, Friday says. There are several. Even if you don't book your car through such a site, using it for research can give you an instant reference on the prices for your destination.


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