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Old 07-09-2011, 09:28 PM
 
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Are ridiculous! Over $400 for an economy car from the cheapest vendor for a week before adding in any insurance. Twice as expensive as LA or DC. Is it lack of competition? Any suggestions for a cheaper alternative?
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Denver
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More of a fact that this area isn't a big tourist destination especially in summer.

Now, people can debate that all they like...but growing up in Florida, $179 a week would get you a mid-sized minimum. A nice one at that. And that was the only state I was actually able to rent a car in so far.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I like to use Priceline's "name your own price" when I visit other cities. I've gotten SUVs for as little as $25/day. Obviously I've never tried it in Denver since I live here, but maybe look into something like that if you don't need to rent from a specific rental agency.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:23 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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There is a lot of information on this topic on the colorado trip advisor forum. Generally renting off site from the airport and using discount sites like Priceline or clubs like Costco.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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At first I didn't believe you, then looked this up-- Wow-- I just looked up the price on Enterprise for 7/16-7/23 and you're not kidding! They're showing $745 total for economy car for the week. Same price for a week I pulled up in August as well. That is outrageous! Over this July 4th weekend I took a 4 day trip to SoCal, flew into John Wayne, rented a full size car there for $110 including all taxes and fees for 4 days.

Unfortunately I don't think there are any other options unless if you're staying with friends/family in Denver who will drive you around all over the place in their car. Fox Rent a Car is a little cheaper, about $418 for a week, but that's still ridiculous.

Double check with your car insurance company to see if your insurance policy already covers rental cars-- if it does it would be a complete waste of money to buy the supplemental insurance at the rental car agency.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:07 AM
 
Location: TN - Florida native
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I'd say shop around more because I just rented a 2011 Nissan Murano from Enterprise at DIA on July 5th for the next day and I was able to grab it for $35.68 per day tax & all.
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Double check with your car insurance company to see if your insurance policy already covers rental cars-- if it does it would be a complete waste of money to buy the supplemental insurance at the rental car agency.
Also, Visa credit cards and I think Mastercard also includes insurance for rentals.

1 reason why you can't rent a car with a debit card without a $400 deposit. And in some cases, they don't even let you do that if you don't pass credit.

I believe if you have a round trip ticket you can, as I did it before. But because of all of that I just drive everywhere in my own car. I've had 2 instances where rental car places let me get all the way to the end, make reservations even going to the rental place, only to give me crap because I didn't have a credit card at the time. It's like damn, I have more than enough money on this card and you won't let me rent? That's bull crap.

Best bet is to stay downtown and RTD it everywhere. I did it in Boston, which albeit there subways are superb, I forgot that I even NEEDED a car in life
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Old 07-10-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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More of a fact that this area isn't a big tourist destination especially in summer.


LOL.
It's called supply and demand. Too many people wanting more cars than are available
Colorado tourism is alive and well -- especially in the summer. Denver usually has cheaper flights than other airports. People fly into Denver all summer long and take road trips to Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota, etc.
I know this... I was a travel agent.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Try to get a coupon off Costco or AAA membership, you can usually take 25% off plus sometimes a free upgrade or free GPS. But you're right, it's pretty pricey to rent at DEN. I guess they figure you can't go anywhere from the airport without getting a car.
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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Was curious. Seems like Denver is on par with other big cities?

(Monday-Friday reservation) same vendor

Denver

Economy Car $362.05

Orlando

Economy Car $235.24

Los Angeles

Economy Car $361.38

Chicago

Economy Car $358.99

Dallas

Economy Car $341.76
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