airtrainer
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USA Car Rental Help

Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:58 pm

Hi all, I'm flying to LAS in march and I'd like to rent a car to drive to TUS or ELP and go back by plane... I've checked Avis, National and other big companies but their prices are really expensive because I want a one way rental... Can somebody give me an advice ? Any help will be really appreciated  Smile

Thanks in advance,

Jef
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AeroWesty
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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Sat Jan 28, 2006 9:11 pm

Some rental companies charge per day, some per drop-off for one-way rentals. How long are you keeping the car, what size, and what's "expensive"?  Smile
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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:39 pm

It's not unusual for Rental Car companies to charge what is called a "Drop Fee". Particularly if they're franchise operations . . . since they will have to transport that car back to it's home station.

As for March in Las Vegas . . . what dates?

If you're in Las Vegas 24-27 March, there's a small gathering of A-Netters going on.

See this thread:
LAS Meet, 3/24 To 3/27 - Part 2 (by ANCFlyer Jan 24 2006 in Non Aviation)

You're welcome to join us . . .
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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:11 pm

Jef, I'm hiring a car from National in April, one way from Tampa to Orlando. The price is reasonable and perhaps you should have a look at them. Try Alamo too. However, state to state one way prices are likely to be more.

Good luck

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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:22 pm

Rent A Wreck might have a good deal.
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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:46 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 3):
I'm hiring a car from National in April, one way from Tampa to Orlando. The price is reasonable and perhaps you should have a look at them.

I can also recomend National Car Rental, a friend and I rented twice a car in California (pick up in SFO, drop off in LAX) and it was not very expensive. They didn't even charge the additional fee that you must pay at other rental car companies when you are under 25.

Give them a try!

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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Sun Jan 29, 2006 4:52 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 3):
Jef, I'm hiring a car from National in April, one way from Tampa to Orlando. The price is reasonable and perhaps you should have a look at them. Try Alamo too.

Although there is some variation in franchises, Alamo and National are the same company. The general difference tends to be that Alamo's pricing structure is more geared to the leisure traveller.
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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:00 am

Most people who do a one way rental arrive in Las Vegas first, like what you want to do, and then leave to tour other areas and want to drop of the cars there. This leaves the rental agencies with more cars leaving LAS than coming back in. Because of this they then have to truck or drive the cars back to LAS, which cost them money and this is why they charge a drop off fee, which at times can be very expensive.

I have in the past rented cars in LAX and dropped them off in LAS without any drop off fees because this works to their advantage in returning cars back to LAS. I have done this with Hertz, Avis, Budget and Alamo. So if you can plan your trip so you leave from LAS, then you should be able to avoid the drop off fees.

This might or might not work because I don’t think the one way car rental traffic between TUC or ELP from LAS is that high like from LAX, but I would definitely try by checking with the rental agencies to see if there is no drop off charges.

Also in the past when I did this, even though I reserved an intermediate size car, most times I got upgraded to a larger car so it can be returned back to LAS. Most rental agencies keep their city fleets separate, so if the car is a LAS based car, then they would like to get it back to LAS instead of keeping it out of its home base.

In Florida, the same holds true with Orlando, most visitors arrive in MCO, and after spending time there go to other Florida cities and drop their cars there leaving MCO short of cars. You can get a much better deal if you do the reverse and drop the car off in MCO.
 
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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:05 am

Thanks a lot to you all for your help. The first prices were around $480, for a 6 day economy rental I find it very expensive, in comparison I've paid a little bit over $500 for my ticket... But I've found $346 with Dollar and $292 (TUS-LAS or $307 LAS-TUS) with Alamo, it sounds much better  Smile
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Thanks again to you all  Wink

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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Mon Jan 30, 2006 1:54 pm

If you can provide me with the folowing info, I will be more than glad to help you:
1)Exact dates.
2)How many days.
3)Car class.
4)Your age [which I will keep secret].

I always got cheaper rates from Costa Rica with a prepaid voucher. Just let me know such info [without any obligation] and I'll let you know the rate. If it is right for you, good. Instructions will follow.
Send me an email: hjgcr@aol.com and I promise to answer you asap.
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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:29 am

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 3):
Jef, I'm hiring a car from National in April, one way from Tampa to Orlando. The price is reasonable and perhaps you should have a look at them. Try Alamo too

Alamo and National are one and the same. Alamo's prices are lower, but I think National have a fixed one-way rental fee of $150 which might save some money. Florida always has the lowest prices, and there is no one-way rental fee within Florida.

Definitely look into a prepaid car rental and go with a "gold" package, which includes all taxes and 1 tank of petrol. The only thing you should have to pay is a one-way rental fee.
 
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RE: USA Car Rental Help

Tue Jan 31, 2006 1:36 am

Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 4):
Rent A Wreck might have a good deal.

Oh boy...I just saw one last week when I was in ONT/San Bernarndino. A guy who was attending the school I was at rented one for the week, mostly because there wouldn't be much driving done that week. He flies a lot for business, and had just flown in from BOS. He did Rent A Wreck, and the car was truely a pile of shit. When he rented it, the guy behind the counter said "It has few dents". It was a Dodge Neon. It truely was a pile. It actually had custom rims on it. No shocks. I rode in it once, but I was so plowed I didn't really notice too much about it.

You might want to avoid Rent A Wreck.
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