Jaws707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 708 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2171 times:
I'll be traveling to Seattle for a few days in December and am going to rent a car. I have never done this before so I have 3 questions maybe someone can help me out with.
1. Has anyone ever used Advantage Car Rental? I've never heard of them before now, but they seem to be all over the west. Their rates seem to be quite a bit lower then anyone else's.
2. I am 23 thus it appears as if I will have to pay the under 25 fee. I think its like an extra $20 a day which is crazy because the car is only about $20 a day before taxes. Is there anyway of avoiding this fee? I realize I am younger, but I have been driving for 7 yrs and its ridicules to have to pay so much more money.
3. Is the car rental insurance my credit card provides (Amex Blue) sufficient, where I do not need the rental insurance for the rental company?
Thanks for any information.
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2164 times:
Quoting Jaws707 (Thread starter): 2. I am 23 thus it appears as if I will have to pay the under 25 fee. I think its like an extra $20 a day which is crazy because the car is only about $20 a day before taxes. Is there anyway of avoiding this fee? I realize I am younger, but I have been driving for 7 yrs and its ridicules to have to pay so much more money.
Enterprise only charges $15 a day for for the 21-24 aged drivers, I believe...I've used them twice (I'm 21), no complaints whatsoever....
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Mirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7455 posts, RR: 61
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
1 they are cheap b/c they nickel and dime you on the dings and scratches, so make sure you pay attention on that walk around when you pick it up.
2 avoid it by aging a few years or chalking your license, not that I endorse that. That's the way its been for ages.
3. Don't ask us, call your credit card co. Amex Blue to find out. If they cover it all you might be able to waive the extra insurance charges that Advantage will try to sell you. BUT since you are under 25, they might charge you anyway.
So the moral of the story is....if you call ADvantage and AMex Blue, your questions might be answered more accurately.
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IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
1. Yes. Same cars, same rules as all the others, but watch for them padding their low fees if you return the car without a full gas tank. They'll charge you $6 for a gallon of the stuff.
2. Nope. Under 25 rules apply I'm afraid.
3. (I thought there were only 2 questions ) Give Amex Blue a call and confirm. I know when I use my Visa Signature, I don't need the insurance the rental company offers. Just make sure that you stand firm and refuse - the rental company will try and tell you otherwise!
BigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2395 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2160 times:
1) One of our travelers uses Advantage in PHX all the time and he says they are excellent.
2) No way out of it!
3) Check out the rules on Amex website. I'm pretty sure that you have enough coverage, but they do charge it back to your own insurance, so it's up to you whether or not you want to take the chance on jacking up your own insurance premiums if something happens to the rental car!
FlyMatt2Bermud From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 563 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2151 times:
Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3): Just make sure that you stand firm and refuse - the rental company will try and tell you otherwise!
I like the idea of buying the insurance because you can just walk away. But I never purchase it as I rent about 2 cars a week.
If you ever wonder why they push the insurance, it's not because they care, it's because it's the rental car companies biggest profit maker. The agents make a commission and are looked favorably upon for the more they sell. Fact is, the rental car company already has insurance on your vehicle, it is just not to your benefit unless you pay for it.
P.S. Don't alter your license, it's fraud and it can really mess things up if you get caught.
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Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4345 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2146 times:
Everyone's pretty much answered your questions, but just FYI, I've used Advantage here (Seattle) and they are fine. It's way way off airport, so give yourself plenty of time on your return, and as advised, make sure you're very thorough on the pre-rental walk around/damage assessment.
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Cactus739 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2455 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2129 times:
Right out of college I had to travel a lot for business. Being that I was under 25 I always got dinged with that under 25 fee. Until I was renting a car with Budget once and she told me that since I was on business they would waive the under age fee.
Might be worth mentioning.
I've never used Advantage. I'm a big believer in Enterprise. Their prices are good, a plethra of locations to choose from, good clean cars every time, and their people are friendly and much less robotic than anywhere else I've rented from.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13429 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
I would note that Advantage and Enterprise may place limits on how far from the location you rented the vehicle from can be driven. From SEA, you may be limited to so many miles from SEA (like 150 miles), Washington state only, cannot be driven into Canada and so on. Check for that. Of course, if you only plan to be in the greater Seattle area only, like to go to the Boeing plant tour, that should be no problem.
If you are on a company's credit card on business, you will most likely pay the under 25 age fee.
With you AMEX Blue, it will only cover the Loss Damage Waiver/deductable (LDW) not the age supplement, but that can also save you much bucks.
Be aware that SEA has a stiff 9% airport car rental tax, on top of the State Sales tax, and other fees as well.