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Old 11-03-2009, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Cave Creek, AZ USA
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I have a lot of family coming for Xmas and our cars won't hold them all. My dad wants to rent a minivan. Is there a cheaper place than Sky Harbor for this? I think some cities have a special tax for rentals picked up at the airport.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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I have a lot of family coming for Xmas and our cars won't hold them all. My dad wants to rent a minivan. Is there a cheaper place than Sky Harbor for this? I think some cities have a special tax for rentals picked up at the airport.
We always rent Alamo from the Glendale location. It is much cheaper, because all the airport fees are not in there. They have rental locations around the valley.
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Old 11-03-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Kingman - Anaconda
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Yes listen to Ponderosa, it is always cheaper to rent away from the airport. I used to rent from Budget in Avondale/Goodyear on Van Buren
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Old 11-03-2009, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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The Airport will have extra fees associated with renting from there, so I would suggest finding a location close to where you live. Many car rental companies have offices all over the valley.

FYI you can sometimes get an SUV for cheaper than a minivan, at least that was my experience, I got a huge Suburban last time I rented, it was $400 cheaper than the minivan for the whole trip, we needed it for a snowboarding trip in Colorado.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:11 PM
 
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We always rent Alamo from the Glendale location. It is much cheaper, because all the airport fees are not in there. They have rental locations around the valley.
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Yes listen to Ponderosa, it is always cheaper to rent away from the airport.
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The Airport will have extra fees associated with renting from there.
What are we talking about here, a few bucks, or a lot more? Seems like paying a few bucks for the convenience is a good idea, if that's the case.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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What are we talking about here, a few bucks, or a lot more? Seems like paying a few bucks for the convenience is a good idea, if that's the case.
I just did a comparison for 1 week in a Chevy Impala with Alamo. $242 total from Glendale location, $419 total if rented from the airport. The base price was about 70 higher from the airport and the rest was airport fees.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Cave Creek, AZ USA
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It's no more convenient at all for me to go to the airport. I live here and can go pick up the rental anytime, anywhere.

When I rent in Germany, I always take the train into town from the airport, as they have a 16% special tax on rentals at the airport or train station. Sure, I've had to drag my luggage a few blocks or even take a taxi. But it has saved me hundreds in a single trip. And I'd rather burn money in a fireplace than give it to any gov't.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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I just did a comparison for 1 week in a Chevy Impala with Alamo. $242 total from Glendale location, $419 total if rented from the airport. The base price of the same car was $35 higher at the airport and the rest was fees.

OK, I thought maybe they just charged something like an extra $25 fee or something, which would be worth it to not have to find a way to another place away from the airport. $170+ makes it worth it. That's a lot of taco's.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Sonoran Desert
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OK, I thought maybe they just charged something like an extra $25 fee or something, which would be worth it to not have to find a way to another place away from the airport. $170+ makes it worth it. That's a lot of taco's.
They don't have 24 hours at the metro locations and some are closed on Sundays. Also, I think if you are coming in from out of town and don't have a clue about where these places are, how to get around town, then the airport is a better, if pricier, choice. But for relatives coming to visit, you might be able to pick them up and drive them to a cheaper location.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:35 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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You are almost guarnteed to save money by NOT using the airport rental, plus it's a big mess.
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