(Closed) Cheapest/best car rentals in Orlando Fl??

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Last time I rented a car in Orlando Hertz was the cheapest.  The time before Thrifty was.  It depends on the time of year and the specific dates you’re looking at.  We have always just checked all the major companies and watched the prices.

*My husband always drives so an extra driver wasn’t an issue, but I have on occasion driven the car.  I’m insured if something were to happen.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have always found that the 2 cheapest rental car companies here in FL are either Budget or Thrifty – checking both of their websites directly has always been cheaper than booking through a third party website in my experience.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Priceline! you can name your own price. I’ve gotten as low as 15 dollars a day.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FutureMrs86:  Budget take a Debit card I know for a fact here in FL as it is what I used when I rented from them and do not ask for CC for a second driver..

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@FutureMrs86:  Yeah you will get the price as long as it is within reason. Sometimes if its too low they will say sorry can’t do it but i’ve used it for both cars and hotels and have had great experiences. I don’t think i would rent a car any other way. I think you can do it as many times as you want so start low and go up from there. Just whatever you think is reasonable. Cars are easy because its all the same in the end no matter what company it chooses…Hotels are a bit trickier because you don’t get to pick the hotel but you can pick the number of stars. We did it last summer for a 3 star hotel in downtown charleston and got the marriott in center city for 75 a night – it was a really nice hotel too. I know you aren’t looking for hotels but thought i would put it out there anyway.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@FutureMrs86:  hahah! no worries. I honestly cannot remember if you were required to pay in full upfront but we usually do.

I had to go back through my emails to look at the last one we did. I would try for $15 instead of $25 – thats what we got our rental car for in Punta Gorda FL back in December through Priceline.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Do you have a Costco membership? We always rent via Costco and the rental rates are incredible. We’ve gotten four days (not in FL specifically) for something like $70 total for a standard car. (http://www.costcotravel.com/) I think you do pay upfront though and you let them know when you plan to return the car back.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I work for Hertz so I vote Hertz! haha

But here’s some tips:

If you have AAA, you’re going to save the most money.  10% off a rental, plus there are some good AAA coupons on the hertz.com website to use in addition ( I think if you book right now there is a $40 off coupon). AAA also waives the $13/day additional driver fee.

Even if you don’t have AAA, check for coupons. Right now if you book PC# 168210 is going to get you $5 off per day.

Renting for an “HLE” which is Hertz Local Edition (not at the airport) is going to save you a good bit of money.  There are airport concession fees which range from an additional 8-15% on your rental.  A cab ride to the nearest HLE would probably still save you money.

Hertz does require a debit or credit card to hold the rental amount plus a $200 deposit. Depending on how long you’re needing the car, I would say a $500 limit should be enough to hold all that.  IF you use your debit card, they run a soft credit check.  The computer runs your credit score and based on your credit score, it says whether or not we can rent to you.  I don’t exactly know what the score they’re looking for is because it doesn’t tell us customers’ scores, but I THINK its about 550 you need to be approved.  However, if you use the credit card, there’s no credit check.

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Usually a spouse is included as an additional driver without an additional charge.  I always use Enterprise/National/Alamo brand, because I used to work for Enterprise!  A credit card is usually necessary though.

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