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1. Posted by mrgbrown (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

i understand everyone is probably fed up with seeing threads about car rental but has anyone any idea of any good companies (preferably in chicago or around that area) for car rental and any prices too?

2. Posted by vince1818 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

check enterprise's rate. I always get a good deal specially on weekends. Try it!

3. Posted by Derestanne (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

I recommend Hertz. They were the only Rental Company that would even work with us at Philadelphia International Airport in 2006. They provided a really nice, spotless, very low mileage Chevrolet SUV. We were three hours late when we arrived in Clearwater, Florida and the Hertz staff at St. Pete / Clearwater Airport were equally courteous and did not change additionally for our lateness.

My first experience with Enterprise in 1996 was excellent but two subsequent rental experiences were all downhill. In 1997 our rental car to Canada was a lemon and when we called to tell them the "check engine" light came on and the radiator fan was failing, they behaved like we were an annoyance to them. Then in 2003 they charged an arm and a leg for another mediocre compact car.

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

The main car rental companies are Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, and Dollar.

There is also a website: carrentals.com that deals with many of these companies to find the best rate. Another site that are often recommended on travellerspoint is kayak.com

Enjoy

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 7y

I like Budget or Enterprise - both companies have always given me great rates. You should check prices at off-airport locations in a city for some surprising differences. I avoid Hertz because of inflated rates (you need a discount code such as AAA or forget it) and Alamo due to poor maintenance. These days most locations in the USA are franchised, and service and prices will vary in quality and price. If you're looking for a good deal, check out Carrentals.com or Priceline. I believe Enterprise now rents hybrids in certain locations for fuel savings. Be aware that insurance coverage is a big gimmick in the USA - it is actually 100% optional, and if you carry private car insurance on another vehicle, chances are that you are already covered.

6. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

.... Be aware that insurance coverage is a big gimmick in the USA - it is actually 100% optional, and if you carry private car insurance on another vehicle, chances are that you are already covered.

Excellent point/can't empathise this enough Insurance is where they make their money not rentals.

I have coverage on one of my Credit Cards-I understand this isn't common in other places but check first.

7. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 7y

Other possible car rental companies (national in scope) are:

National; and
Thrifty

Enjoy

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jun-2009, at 02:06 by Calcruzer ]