Angie's List: How to save money on a rental car

CINCINNATI -- If you're thinking about taking a road trip for spring break or summer vacation, here are some tips on how to get the most bang for your buck.

Megan McCain and her family are flying to their spring break destination, but once they get there, they will need a rental car.

"It was fairly easy. We went on a website and looked for a car that would fit five people with two car seats; so we needed a car with a third row," she said.

Jeff Neiman with Hertz Corporation said customers can save money by being proactive.

"If your plans are pretty definite, pre-paying is a really good option. You can save up to 20 percent if you pre-pay. Now, there could be a fee if you cancel so that's got to be a pretty firm plan," Neiman said.

Angie's List founder Angie Hicks said that it's good to have a strategy when you're planning your travel itinerary. 

"A lot of times people are picking up cars at the airport when they fly into their destination, but you may find it may be worth a cab ride to an off-site location because they might have lower fees," Hicks said. "Understand what you're responsible for, what happens if it breaks down, what happens if you get into an accident?"

One last piece of advice: Don't buy unnecessary insurance.

Rental car insurance could cost as much as $40 a day and you might already be covered by your existing insurance policy or credit card.

Print this article Back to Top