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Rental rate variance

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Rental rate variance

Was browsing for a 7 seater rental through pricline and noticed thers a huge price difference between various brands any idea why?
The rates are as follows
Enterprise=$67
Routes=$23
Dollar=54
budjet=55
hertz=57
avis=55

Any idea why routes =$23 ?
did you ever rent from routes?
could you kindly share your inputs.
Thanks
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for 7 seaters...its about location and availability probably
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I have heard bad things about routes.. I would personally stay away.
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drtmrcht wrote: I have heard bad things about routes.. I would personally stay away.
Agreed. Never heard of it, googled it and you will know why it's cheap.
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Need to be careful with low cost, no frills renters. They like to tack on fees. I recommend sticking to the well known renters, but even then, make sure to read the fine print carefully.
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dea[i wrote:lbarons post_id=31618943 time=1572355934 user_id=229297]
Any idea why routes =$23 ?
did you ever rent from routes?
could you kindly share your inputs.
Thanks
Because, from what I see online, if you went with Routes, the $23 will become $123 because what you "reserved" is not available.
Then after you return the car they will charge you $1000 for damage to the body that existed before you rent, but sadly you didn't take picture of that before you drive off the lot...
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How about Alamo rentals?
Any experience with them?
Found them through Costco rentals.
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dealbarons wrote: How about Alamo rentals?
Any experience with them?
Found them through Costco rentals.
I get a headache from trying all the coupons etc. you need to try to get the best price but I found Costco usually the cheapest and easiest to use, same or better to the corporate rates I am eligible for and they include free extra driver. You can also try Costco.com as prices vary to those on Costco.ca. I am wondering if the Honey browser add in could be good as well but haven’t tried it as Costco is so much easier assuming you are a member and there are so many reasons to be a member so why not.
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dealbarons wrote: How about Alamo rentals?
Any experience with them?
Found them through Costco rentals.
I've used Alamo a few times. Nothing wrong from my experience.
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I've had decent luck with AutoSlash.com, haven't been able to find better rates elsewhere.

Well, except for this one time in Hawaii where Amex travel had the lowest rates by far at ~$30/day for a mid-size SUV compared to ~$50/day elsewhere. Weird.
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Whichever you go with, make sure to closely inspect and mark any existing damages on the car before you drive off. The cheap rental companies get you by charging you for every scratch or ding that's on the car that wasn't identified.
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dealbarons wrote: How about Alamo rentals?
Any experience with them?
Found them through Costco rentals.
Alamo is fine. I've used them a lot in the US. Even dollar is fine. I don't know about Routes.

I'll be honest I just pick the cheapest rate any aggregator site like Travelocity gives me. I've never had issues with extra fees. Mind you I always rent compact or mid size sedans so there is usually something in stock.
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dealbarons wrote: Can i use .com to book from Canada too?
Yes. I've done it many times.
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Enterprise is the biggest piece of crap rental company around. Always expensive and just all over bad.

Budget its the best of all.
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Costco travel gets my vote. Rented from them a couple of times this year with no issues. Key is to reserve a few months out to get the best rate, especially for popular destinations. I like the feature of renting from one location and returning it to another city without huge fee (I think it needs to be in same state, though)
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MusicBox wrote: Enterprise is the biggest piece of crap rental company around. Always expensive and just all over bad.

Budget its the best of all.
I've had the exact opposite experience with Enterprise and I rent a lot of cars for business trips, as long term commercial rentals.
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dealbarons wrote: How about Alamo rentals?
Any experience with them?
Found them through Costco rentals.
Alamo owned by Enterprise, I always use them in US and its very good.
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WMPCOT wrote: I've had the exact opposite experience with Enterprise and I rent a lot of cars for business trips, as long term commercial rentals.
My experience as well. Enterprise has always been the best for me.....
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WaterBoy49 wrote: My experience as well. Enterprise has always been the best for me.....
Never once had a problem with Enterprise. Have used Discount the last few times, as they were cheapest, no issues there either.
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