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Old 04-20-2016, 05:26 PM
 
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Looking to rent a car in LA but returning it at a different location either SF/Oakland. I go to expedia and found that the rates are reasonable. But going directly to the car rental company i.e. Hertz. It's ridiculous expensive. Why is that?
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Old 04-20-2016, 06:57 PM
 
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It's imponderable. But I recommend you jump on it.

I made a similarly attractive reservation recently with Expedia/ Hertz for a different return city.
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Never expect car rental rates to make sense, and be pleasantly surprised if they do in your favor. Also never do a prepaid car rental since you don't need to put down a credit card at time of reservation for post-paid and you never know when a better deal will come along.

I'd also jump on the Expedia offer now.
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Old 04-20-2016, 08:08 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I've done SFO (Actually on the BART in Oakland I think, No SF taxes, or Airport Taxes that would have added ~25% more to the rental) to San Diego. 14 days, I think the key was two thing,

1. I rented from Hertz Corporate locations, So the Car is Generic to them, they don't care where in the state it is, as long as it goes back to a Corporate location. Franchised location actually (own/lease) the car and physically want it returned to them.

2. I think there might have been some sort of deal my corporation has with Hertz for some sort of No Drop off fee, within geographic locations, and/or States. Rent it thru our corp travel site, as a "Private" rental.

I had reserved a B, car was upgrade @ no cost to a D. 14 Days, ~$500 all in (Except Insurance, $25/for total rental from AmexCard) (2007)
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Old 04-21-2016, 06:14 AM
 
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These online sites like Expedia will typically quote one rate and then when you book give you another rate (with the added tax and service charges). Did you try to book or just click on the quote page?

Also - the one way drop off charge. Likely Expedia did not include that until ready to book.

Rental rates can also jump from day to day, usually going up but sometimes dropping. Since you don't have to prepay and no cancellation, I typically check a couple times a week to see if the rate dropped.
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Old 04-21-2016, 08:47 AM
 
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These online sites like Expedia will typically quote one rate and then when you book give you another rate (with the added tax and service charges). Did you try to book or just click on the quote page?

Also - the one way drop off charge. Likely Expedia did not include that until ready to book.

Rental rates can also jump from day to day, usually going up but sometimes dropping. Since you don't have to prepay and no cancellation, I typically check a couple times a week to see if the rate dropped.
Neither was the case in my recent experience. There was no dropoff charge in the final reservation, and taxes were included.

Another question- has anyone had a smokin' car rental deal refused?
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:00 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Looking to rent a car in LA but returning it at a different location either SF/Oakland. I go to expedia and found that the rates are reasonable. But going directly to the car rental company i.e. Hertz. It's ridiculous expensive. Why is that?
Because car rental companies rely heavily on these travel sites to generate business so they give them discounted rates which they can pass on to customers. Beware of additional fees, though, especially if you bid on rentals (Priceline, Hotwire).
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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My line of work requires me to rent cars quite often. Usually they are returned to the rental location. However once in a while I have to do a one way rental. Most of the rental companies will have outrageous fees for the one way rental. But I usually can find one that does not. Sites like Expedia usually check all of the major rental companies. Thus they stumble across the rental company that does not have the huge one way fees, while the person randomly checking the various rental companies does not.


Try searching Expedia for a one way rental. If they show a company without the fees then go directly to that companies website and check their prices. If all of a sudden the huge one way fees appear I would be very suspicious of Expedia's quote without the fees. Unless you go to a site like Priceline or Hotwire and use their deep discount feature where they do not tell you who will be renting from until after you pay, the prices quoted are usually no better or even as good as what you can get by going directly to the actual car rental's website.


While many people have had good luck going with a deep discounted booking company and blindly renting cars, I have not. The last time I tried I ended up with a 7 year old car with 125,000 miles on it. It was in poor condition.
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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The last dozen times I have rented cars, the cheapest I could find was from Costco. I don't even bother checking anywhere else anymore.
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:12 PM
 
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Hmmm.I wonder if I put in something wrong when I originally checked prices on Hertz.com When I originally did this I thought the price for a rental car came to be over $1,000 dollars for 10 days. Now I check the website and it's saying $484. (231 full week + 3 extra days at 46). That is in our ball park of spending.
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