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Old 05-10-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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Im selling my car and I dont have a new one lined up yet, so Ill need a rental for a few days or longer.

Who generally has the best prices on rental cars in Charlotte?
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Old 05-10-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I dunno bout best rates, but the big guys are Hertz, Avis, National, Dollar & Enterprise.

Avoid renting from airport locations cause the additional taxes that are added to the final bill are substantial.

If you had a better idea of how many days you'll need the car and if it'll include a weekend it's a little easier to deep dive for a better deal. Also keep in mind that with car rentals there is never a set price, the agents/customer service reps have wiggle room that you can negotiate them down.

I personally rent from Hertz each week for corporate travel (not in Charlotte). My avg expense for 3/4 days starting Monday morning and returning Thursday night average $200 for a compact car after airport fees, taxes and fuel are added in. My daily rate is 34 dollars per day. I suspect most people can beat this rate, but I'm bound by Corporate Rules/Policies.

**All the below information was harvested from another forum and has not been verified - simple copy and paste
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Some codes from another forum specific to Hertz (PC = Promotion Code which can be entered online) associated CDP from the other forum states "CDP 1704073":
- $10 off weekend day upto $30, PC 144336 good thru 6/13/10.
- PC 113540 - $25 off a Weekly Rental (5 day min) All Vehicle Classes. PC good for pickups prior to 6/30/10
- PC 136684 $10 off day max $50 and it did say on the coupon that it be presented at the counter, but in the system it pops up NOT REQUIRED
- PC 141956 - One car class upgrade. Compact to Full Size. PC good for pickups prior to 5/31/2010
- PC 117036 - $10 off of a 2 Day Rental, All Vehicle Classes. PC good for pickups prior to 6/30/10
- PC 115872 - $15 off of a Weekend Rental, (2 day minimum, must include a Saturday keep) All Vehicle Classes. *Note this changes the base rates from the fixed amounts to variable. It may at times be better to use the above PC in some cases. This PC works best with rentals in the Continental US. PC good for pickups prior to 6/30/10

One last thing then I'm done - uncertainty with the length of your rental can be extremely costly. All the major companies do tiered sales, one weekend cost less than 3 days, a full week cost less than 6 days, etc.

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Old 05-11-2010, 06:16 AM
 
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Try Hotwire
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wow...nevermind, just checked and the rental rates on hotwire are outragoeus!

Last edited by thestem; 05-11-2010 at 06:24 AM.. Reason: new info
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:29 AM
 
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Why not just hold onto your old car until you get a new car?
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Cornelius
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Is Rent-a-Wreck still in business? As stated in the earlier post, DO NOT RENT AT THE AIRPORT.
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Waxhaw
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I usually rent using Priceline's name your price feature. It helps if you know the going rates at the major companies so you know what you need to bid in order to get a good deal.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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As stated in the earlier post, DO NOT RENT AT THE AIRPORT.
Agreed. Renting from the same rental car company at a facility not at CLT will generally be a better rate than if you rent it at their airport location.

I rent cars from Hertz just about every week for work in various cities (for 2-4 days at a shot) at the rates have typically ranged between $38-$45 per day in larger and smaller cities for a compact car (plus any associated taxes and fees). I would assume those rates would be about the same here as well (but I could be wrong) - but they've been pretty consistent everywhere I've been on the east coast in the past few months.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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can you give me an approx dates and i can look up some deals for you.

while i have to agree the airport charges you additional taxes and stuff, i usually rent from alamo which is mostly at the airport and i get good deals (with coupon codes and discount promotions) that it most times beats the normal rates at non-airport locations.. also i use a code that gets me a free additional driver and sometimes that comes handy too..
anways, if you can give the dates, i can try to see what comes up by my way of renting..
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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When I've had to rent cars, Enterprise is usually the lowest.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Depends on how long you rent it for, I usally find Avis from a local is the cheapest for a week and Enterprise from a local is cheapest for the weekend.
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