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Old 07-10-2018, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ADogNamedSam View Post
I'm wondering if the prices haven't spiked to take advantage of the increase in demand due to so many folks north and west of Denver needing their cars repaired from all the recent hail storms.
When we got hit by hail they wouldn't even let us drop our car off for 9 months. because of the backlog.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:28 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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When I travel I generally use Uber in lieu of renting a car. But that might not work for you if you plan to drive away from the city.

With Uber, I'm just paying for the ride.

The thing I hate about rental cars is that they advertise a low daily rate but then they add countless fees that make the whole experience awful.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:19 AM
Location: Greensboro, NC
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We just went through this issue last week. Even though I had booked well in advance, airport rental locations were charging almost double (or more) the price of the non-airport spots. We ended up just using Lyft from the airport at the start of the trip (we had a discount code and were in a rush to meet up with our friends lol) to get us to downtown Denver, then we used the train at the end of the trip to go back to the airport. We got the same usage out of the rental for visiting other parts of CO and NM, and it was well worth the savings IMO.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:19 AM
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Thanks for the detailed information. We're bringing the vehicle back at night so I'd like to have the safest option in getting back to the airport. Not sure the train would be the best scenario? . Good tip though for daily excursions

I'll probably rent from Turo. I can save $105 overall and pickup/return at the nearby FINE parking garage. Working on lodging now. Costco is definitely a good choice for that!
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Old 07-11-2018, 12:03 PM
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Just think about it:

1) Car rental facilities are found in two locations: a) at airports; b) not at airports.

Whenever someone flies in to an airport, unless they have flown in to visit the airport itself (what fun!), then are going to need ground transportation to get anywhere. Unless you brought a collapsible bicycle and were able to carry it on board with you, you are a "captive audience." Therefore, car rental rates are almost always higher at airports than non-airport locations.

2) Secondly, summer is the peak time for vacations. So rates naturally arise in the summer because of greater demand.

The only solutions have already been touched upon -- at least in part.
a) don't rent car rentals at airports unless you are willing to pay the higher rates.
b) try to make reservations as early as possible . . . before the rates rise in anticipation of summer demand.

Note: I rented a Penske truck to move to Colorado -- I made the reservation about six to eight weeks before the date I needed it (I moved on 5/29/18).
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:12 PM
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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DEN cars are expensive in AUG (events / seasonality)

1) rent offsite
2) Rent 'weekend Enterprise' ($9.95 when available, ~150 miles / day IIRC) (Offsite)
3) Can take light rail to a nearby location (expensive if there are very many of you)
4) Uber from DEN is possible, but not CHEAP
5) NEVER use E-470 in a DEN rental car unless your follow correct procedures (several options, NONE are EZ) (Your $4 trip may cost you $75.00 - 3-4 month later "Surprise!" )
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