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11. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 6y

Have you tried Suncar? Lots of links being dropped here. Would be a VERY clever ploy if this was astroturfing. ;)

http://www.suncar.co.uk/

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2010, at 07:49 by fabyomama ]

12. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 6y

Quoting fabyomama

Have you tried Suncar? Lots of links being dropped here. Would be a VERY clever ploy if this was astroturfing. ;)

http://www.suncar.co.uk/

it would be genius if they weren't all competitors oh and the first sites that come on a google search :)

13. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 6y

Quoting eroltoksoy

Quoting Rraven

This really doesn't sound right to be honest. Normally additional charges are down to insurances or extra options, like sat nav, special seats etc.......

On a side note, why are you checking avis ? it is one of the more expensive car rental companies.......... (I should know, I used to work for their biggest competitor in the same price category)........

have you tried any of the price comparison sites? there are really a lot of choices & offers, with a quick google search you can find lots of them.......

http://www.comparecarrentals.com/
http://www.vroomvroomvroom.com/
http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/cheap-car-hire/

If one rental company is annoying you with price changes which can also occur because of special offers expiring etc then why only look at that one?

Why avis? because the last time when we rented cars in usa we choosed Budget. And they did those things that you mentioned. When you book online they hide most of the taxes insurances etc. so this time I decided to rent from some other company...

But all car companies are trying to make the money with the extra's ...... it is something that you need to be aware of no matter which car you are renting.....also the staff at check in can also be earning commission on it so don't be easily swayed on changing your mind and ordering additions that you don't need, normally if you are told something is required then you should ask to see that stated in the companies terms & conditions........

14. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y

I have to ask as it's not been mentioned - what US city is your arrival destination? Are you planning to pick up the car from the airport rental agency? Though, not discriminatory, the size of vehicle will play into the "additional" charges too. Yes, larger vehicles come at a higher price across the board, but extra fees are added for 4-wheel drive vehicles because the company takes for granted you're going to take it off-road. (In their mind, you don't rent a 4-wheel drive just to take the freeway everywhere.)

The city/airport of rental pick-up can play into the fees too. Hence, my asking the questions.

15. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1993 posts) 6y

There is also no need to rent out of an airport. Large agencies such as Budget, Enterprise, Alamo or Avis have offices all over large cities, and the off-airport locations are often priced differently. Here in the Portland Metro area, for instance, prices are normally cheaper off-airport (in Beaverton no tax is added). Airports charge concession fees + local taxes.

Has the OP checked to see if there is a Rent A Wreck office in the rental location?

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2010, at 12:26 by Daawgon ]

16. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member 173 posts) 6y

Quoting Isadora

I have to ask as it's not been mentioned - what US city is your arrival destination? Are you planning to pick up the car from the airport rental agency? Though, not discriminatory, the size of vehicle will play into the "additional" charges too. Yes, larger vehicles come at a higher price across the board, but extra fees are added for 4-wheel drive vehicles because the company takes for granted you're going to take it off-road. (In their mind, you don't rent a 4-wheel drive just to take the freeway everywhere.)

The city/airport of rental pick-up can play into the fees too. Hence, my asking the questions.

I tracked prices for 12 days in 2011 summer from Los Angeles airport. Actually avis asks your citizenship before they ask what kind of car you need. So the prices I gave above are the prices for the base car not a 4 wheel drive or truck In mycase we will rent a minivan or base suv ( it depends on how many people will manage to come). so it will be sth like 2000 usd including taxes and insurance and gps for 12 days which is totally expensive.

17. Posted by eroltoksoy (Full Member 173 posts) 6y

Quoting Daawgon

There is also no need to rent out of an airport. Large agencies such as Budget, Enterprise, Alamo or Avis have offices all over large cities, and the off-airport locations are often priced differently. Here in the Portland Metro area, for instance, prices are normally cheaper off-airport (in Beaverton no tax is added). Airports charge concession fees + local taxes.

Has the OP checked to see if there is a Rent A Wreck office in the rental location?

thank you very much thats what I am digging now.

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