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Old 11-14-2012, 11:39 AM
 
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Looking for a rental car I can use to drive up to NY for Thanksgiving. I figure I'll put ~1300 miles on it.

Car can be a small econobox. Any decently price options?
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:42 AM
 
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There were news reports of numerous one-way rentals coming out of the NY area in connection with the recent storms there. Makes me wonder if the car rental companies have a need to get some cars returned up that way, for which the prices might be reasonable. Worth calling around, perhaps.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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There were news reports of numerous one-way rentals coming out of the NY area in connection with the recent storms there. Makes me wonder if the car rental companies have a need to get some cars returned up that way, for which the prices might be reasonable. Worth calling around, perhaps.
It sounds like he was talking about a round trip rental.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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I went through Dollar rental at RDU for the same situation (drive to NY). Got a better rate than advertised on their website by calling their 800#.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Most of the ones I have seen offer unlimited mileage. The exception was Enterprise, which only offered unlimited in-state.

Clark Howard recommends using Hotwire or Priceline, but I have not tried it.

If you are renting for several days, it may be cheaper to get the weekly rate.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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A few years ago we had an unlimited mileage rental for a round trip to NY....calll around ask - we rented at the airport. I'm pretty sure we used Budget.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Finally in NC
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I had to do a few rentals when coming to check it out here and to fly back home to tie up lose ends. Each time, I checked hotwire and priceline and got the same rates on each site for an economy car. I went with dollar a couple times-one time they even gave me an upgrade for no reason. Renting the car in Raleigh was MUCH cheaper than the big city I flew into. Car rental prices here are not too bad and they have daily and weekly rates that include mileage. I declined their overpriced insurance.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:41 PM
 
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If you are a member of Sams, BJS or Costco might check their websites. They have deals with many of the rental companies and their prices might be lower than hotwire, priceline etc. I rented a mini-van for a week little over a year ago, and BJS price was lower than the online travel sites.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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I used enterprise to go up to NY round trip and had no issues. Most rentals are for unlitmted miles now days. Try using carrentalsavers.com, you can search by a bunch of different discounts and can cancel your order free of charge at any time.
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