Tips for Finding the Best Car Rental Companies

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Many of our readers have asked if we could round up some tips on rental cars for them. So here you go! Car rentals can be expensive and finding new or luxurious rental cars are even more so. It’s not impossible to find the best rental cars out there for cheap prices though. Follow these tips and you could find the best deal for the best rental car where you are searching.

Search the Internet

Before traveling to your destination compare the car rental places to find the best bargain for your ideal car.

Ask About Discounts

Sometimes your ideal car in the best condition possible is going to be more expensive than you want. So always make sure to always ask about discounts or check online coupon sites to see if you can find any before booking your rental.

Join Free Member Programs

Joining the membership programs of car rental agencies is a smart decision when deciding to rent a car. They are free to join and they don’t require a credit check. Plus benefits occur almost immediately after joining. These benefits include free upgrades on rentals and no wait time at the counter for your car. Being a member of one of these agencies will also benefit you more than not being one.

Car Size (consider passengers & storage space)

Before booking your car consider how much room you actually need for passengers and storage. If you have three kids and car seats are needed then a bigger car is probably necessary. If you are traveling with other adults than you may also want a bigger car so it will be more spacious. Lisa of Eastex Auto Rentals of Beaumont, TX says if you are only traveling with two other adults than a mid size car will probably be all the space you need. Take in a count of the luggage space you will need as well.


When you book your car and what day of the week you pick it up can make a huge difference in the available cars as well as the price. Booking ahead as far as possible gives you more options for available cars at the time of your rental. If you are booking for a holiday or any other time the car rental companies are busy then booking far ahead will get you a cheaper price before inventory becomes scarce. Saturdays are the best day to pick up your car rental and Sundays in some causes. This is because businesses tend to rent cars from their clients on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Avoid Airport Rentals if Possible

Airport rental companies not only tend to be more expensive but can also have less options or availability. They are busier which makes the selection of cars limited depending on the day of the week and any events going on in the area. 

Book Accessories Ahead if You Need Them

If you know you are going to need car accessories like a bike rack or car seats then you should ask for them when you rent the car in advance. Booking them ahead of time, according to Robert at Enterprise Rent A Car, will allow you to acquire the accessories you need before they are all taken or become limited.

In Conclusion

Keep these tips in mind next time you decide to travel and need a car rental. Booking your car and car accessories ahead will save you money and give you a better selection of cars. Timing and comparing car rental companies online will also give you more bang for your bucks.