(Closed) Are there actually any decent car rental places?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve never had a bad experience with rental cars. However I learned what to do ahead of time.I used to travel for work. I turn down all extra insurance coverage, gas fillups, upgrades etc.

I also don’t fall for the line “We don’t have any ecomomy, mid size etc (whatever I booked) cars left. You’ll have to take this SUV” I respond that I will be staying at that counter until they find the car I booked as I am not going to be taking one of their gas guzzlers. They do this on purpose so a walk up customer, who is more likely to walk away if they only have expensive cars left, will also rent from them. When they realize I am not about to leave but will be holding up the line of customers behind me until I get my car, suddenly one becomes available. I am always courteous, just asertive.

Most importantly, I take pics of the car before I leave the lot. The pics are date and time stamped by my camera so I have proof of pre-existing damage.

Post # 5
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46374 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I live in Canada and use National most of the time. I have however used Budget, Hertz etc in the US.

Post # 7
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6743 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve used dollar so many times and never had a bad experience.  Knock on wood!  I also turn down the gas fillup and insurance (your credit card should cover that).  It’s only happened a handful of times where they offer the bigger car to me because they’re out of the one I booked, but I take it when they offer it because it’s a free upgrade and I’d prefer a bigger car anyway – I don’t care about the gas difference so much.  Sorry you’re having a bad experience with dollar!  Have you considered calling their headquarters?

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@strawbabies:  Uhm, probably not.  Check with your credit card company.  Both my Amex and Discover cover almost everything I would need. 

Post # 10
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8579 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ive only used enterprise, and we plan on using enterprise for our wedding/honeymoon.

A mid size car for 14 days is just over $400, which I think is decent.

The few times I’ve rented before I was never given a hassle about dings/marks that were already there. But I live in a small town where they are happy to get any business at all, so it works out for me.

Post # 11
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8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have never had a bad experience renting a car but I usually rent from Enterprise or Hertz.

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