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Online car rental booking or travel booking websites where I can specify vehicle to have GPS

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[OP]
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Aug 3, 2018
4 posts
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Online car rental booking or travel booking websites where I can specify vehicle to have GPS

Hey All,

As a Canadian consumer, I was trying to book car rentals via the internet. I really need a GPS system in the car, but None of the online travel shopping websites give me an option to select cars that have a GPS( i.e there is No search option for a GPS system, neither is there any mention of GPS system in the car description box) on the following :

https://www.expedia.ca
https://www.hotwire.com/
https://www.carrentals.com

Neither do the sites that belong to the car rental companies themselves have the option of looking for cars with GPS systems:

https://www.hertz.com
https://www.alamo.ca

Could someone please suggest some Online car rental booking or travel booking websites that will allow us to specify GPS Systems for the cars that we rent?
7 replies
Member
Nov 14, 2014
465 posts
278 upvotes
Mississauga, ON
Try to select a car and continue the booking process. Usually they ask you if you need additional stuff like GPS at that time (at least that is what Enterprise does). Car GPS is usually awful.
Penalty Box
Feb 22, 2016
4745 posts
4314 upvotes
Book directly with the rental company, not third party.

The option to add GPS should be closer to the checkout, where all the "upsell" checkboxes are -- GPS, kid seat, roof rack, CDW, PDI, prepay fuel, additional km (if it isn't an unlimited distance rental), etc.

You'd be better off making sure your phone has a good roaming data plan and use Waze as your GPS. Get a decent suction cup mount and use that in the rental (note that suction cup mounts are illegal in some places, like California).
[OP]
Newbie
Aug 3, 2018
4 posts
2 upvotes
@whyami and @EastGTARedFlagger Thank you for responding. Yes, both of you are correct when you state that if you book directly from the rental company website then you will have the option of selecting GPS. I rarely travel that much, and I only need a GPS when I rarely travel, therefore, it does Not make sense for me to waste money on a mobile cell phone plan that includes data/roaming data. In any case, Thank you for your responses.
Member
Nov 14, 2014
465 posts
278 upvotes
Mississauga, ON
bartmac123 wrote: @whyami and @EastGTARedFlagger Thank you for responding. Yes, both of you are correct when you state that if you book directly from the rental company website then you will have the option of selecting GPS. I rarely travel that much, and I only need a GPS when I rarely travel, therefore, it does Not make sense for me to waste money on a mobile cell phone plan that includes data/roaming data. In any case, Thank you for your responses.
Google maps has an option to download offline maps before the trip. That is what I do to save data. If the car has android auto, you can easily get GPS in the dashboard. https://support.google.com/maps/answer/ ... roid&hl=en

Another option is "here we go" maps. It lets you download offline maps. Unfortunately you cannot use that with Android Auto.
Deal Addict
Jan 12, 2005
4733 posts
1142 upvotes
Scarborough
All the big rental companies offer GPS to rent when you're onsite (at least the airport locations) Best to call the rental place before renting. However, the price to rent one is pretty expensive and it's cheaper to just get a pre-paid data sim. Most rental company disable the GPS features on the car.
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Sep 6, 2002
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Vancouver
GateGuardian wrote: All the big rental companies offer GPS to rent when you're onsite (at least the airport locations) Best to call the rental place before renting. However, the price to rent one is pretty expensive and it's cheaper to just get a pre-paid data sim. Most rental company disable the GPS features on the car.
I’ve never seen a gps disabled in my rentals across Canada.
Autocorrect sucks
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Oct 6, 2007
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Kootenays
A $15/day GPS rental for a week would be more than the cost of a 5" sale priced Garmin or TomTom unit. I take mine with me when I rent.

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