Okay, I’ve figured out where and how to book . . . anything else I should know?
Booking ahead is the easiest way to save money, but not every weekend goes according to plan. If your schedule is prone to lastminute changes, familiarize yourself with the company’s change policy. For example, if you cancel a prepaid Budget reservation, you’ll be charged a $10 service fee.
If punctuality isn’t your strong suit, choose a company with a grace period, such as Enterprise, Hertz or Budget, which will let you slide for the first 29 minutes after your reservation has ended. After that, hourly— and, in some cases, daily— rates apply. If you’re running late, extend your reservation over the phone for a $10 service fee. It will cost you less than if, you know, they think you’ve stolen the car. Many locations require a
credit card deposit of up to $350. You’ll get this money back, but it can take as long as 15 days before the hold is lifted. If this matters to you, Enterprise tends to require the smallest deposits.
Refill the car yourself. According toHertz spokeswoman Paula Rivera, this option is almost always cheaper than going with a prepaid full tank or the rental company’s refueling service.