Ready to hit the open road but lacking access to a car? We compare six leading rental companies to figure out how to get a bargain on four wheels when you want them.
So you’re doing your part for the environment by living a carfree life. And what a life it is! No idling in traffic, no endless circling for parking spot, no cringing as you fill up the tank. But what about those dayswhenyou really need to hit the open road? Maybe it’s for that life-changing sale at Ikea, maybe it’s to whisk your sweetheart away for a cruise along Skyline Drive— sometimes you just need wheels. The key is to get a carwhen you need it (and onlywhenyou need it) without spending a fortune.
We put six leading companies— Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz and Zipcar— to the test to find the best weekend deal.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Car rental companies operate by supply and demand. As the number of cars available decreases, prices increase. So pick the company with the most locations in your area. For the very best deal, head to National Airport. It’s worth the couple of bucks you’ll spend on Metro fare, considering that the average price for a 24-hour weekend rental is about $19.50 when booking a week in advance.