Cheap rentals for the Florida-bound

USA TODAY US Edition - - LIFE - Nancy Tre­jos

Rental car firms are of­fer­ing deals for driv­ers head­ing to hur­ri­cane-stricken Florida.

Un­til Oct. 31, Avis and Bud­get Car Rental will give ren­ters oneway rates from the North­east to Florida for as low as $5 a day, plus the usual taxes and fees. Hertz has a sim­i­lar of­fer for $4.99 a day.

Avis Bud­get Group es­ti­mates that more than 6.5 mil­lion Florid­i­ans had to evac­u­ate their homes and seek shel­ter across Florida and nearby states. Many are now re­turn­ing to their homes, of­ten by driv­ing, and the rental firms hope to shore up the de­pleted num­ber of ve­hi­cles in Florida.

Ve­hi­cles must be picked up at a par­tic­i­pat­ing North­east lo­ca­tion and re­turned to a par­tic­i­pat­ing Florida lo­ca­tion. Rates ap­ply to up to 14 con­sec­u­tive days.

With the deal from Bud­get, a full-size ve­hi­cle can be picked up at Bos­ton Lo­gan on Oct 7 and dropped off at Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Oct 14 for $104 to­tal ($35 in rental charges, the rest fees). Sim­i­lar sav­ings can be found in other lo­ca­tions, but cars may not be avail­able for all itin­er­ar­ies.

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Ren­ters who take cars from the North­east to Florida can pay as lit­tle as $5 a day.

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