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Where to book car rentals?

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Dec 26, 2015
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Where to book car rentals?

Looking to book a rental for next month.

I've been monitoring Costcotravel and I'm getting on average $350 for the 4 days I need the car in toronto (picking up at pearson int'l)

I just don't know if there are any other websites I should be checking out for better rates
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wow..thats crazy..long weekend??what type of car...you can also bid on priceline for car rentals
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Fjr2005 wrote: wow..thats crazy..long weekend??what type of car...you can also bid on priceline for car rentals
I'll check out priceline.

Yeah its not even a long weekend. Its arrive on a thursday morning, leave monday afternoon. 4 days total. I thought it was expensive too, but I've also never done a car rental before
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Apr 21, 2011
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thornhill
Veeshmack wrote: I'll check out priceline.

Yeah its not even a long weekend. Its arrive on a thursday morning, leave monday afternoon. 4 days total. I thought it was expensive too, but I've also never done a car rental before
Book the cheapest reservation you can find to secure something just in case, when you get closer to the date you are travelling look again usually prices drop, if you are able to find something cheaper cancel the original one. I do this all the time, never failed on me.
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My experience is that, just like air fares and nexus interview appointment times, you have you keep looking.

We spent February in Fort Lauderdale. We were going to drive unless we could find a reasonable car rental for the month. For a few weeks, the rate was between $650 US to over $1,000 US. Then one day (through Hotwire), I found a deal for $294US for the month at Thrifty but it was off-airport. I jumped on it but kept looking in case I'd find similar or better deals at the airport. I never saw another deal that approached that price.

Uber cost me about $25US each way to pick up and drop off the car.
Phils
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May 18, 2008
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I've used the Westjet website the last couple of times I booked a car. They use some kind of consolidated search. I used it for Canadian bookings, and got better rates than I did on a search that included Costco and my preferred providers.

We had a 5 day rental in Ottawa in April Wed-Sun (booked through Westjet) and I got a much cheaper rate with a weekend rate and a separate one-day booking. When I got to the desk we asked if we could consolidate the two res'ns so we wouldn't have to do the paper work again, and the agent was more than happy to do it. YMMV. But the difference between a weekend rate and a regular rate can be significant.
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I usually start with Expedia or Travelocity so I can quickly see where the cheapest 2-3 companies are and then book directly through the company website using special promo codes I find either on mousesavers.com or rentalcodes.com. I then keep checking back at those 2-3 companies and rebook if I a cheaper rate closer to my travel date.
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Do any of you guys use autoslash? Or do you have better results by booking directly with the company using a promo code?
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Veeshmack wrote: I'll check out priceline.

Yeah its not even a long weekend. Its arrive on a thursday morning, leave monday afternoon. 4 days total. I thought it was expensive too, but I've also never done a car rental before
Pick ups at airports are the most expensive. Also, Thursday AM to Monday PM is considered a 5-day rental.
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Jan 16, 2009
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Use Hotwire.
Book your car off site as Pearson rentals are way high. A short cab ride can save you a pile.
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frenchtoast wrote: Book the cheapest reservation you can find to secure something just in case, when you get closer to the date you are travelling look again usually prices drop, if you are able to find something cheaper cancel the original one. I do this all the time, never failed on me.
good advice..i do this for cars and hotels often
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St. Johns
I rarely find anything beats costco rates. Could just be where I tend to rent cars but nothing has even come close to the price I receive. I'm also constantly checking sites to ensure I have the best deal and will switch if necessary.
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I used to find that booking through the RBC Avion card was a good deal but now it's only the Costco website I find good deals. I booked a car for a week using the Costco website which came out to less after tax than anywhere else before tax.
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Hi,

If you're picking up the car at the airport, try picking a later time than your scheduled arrival time. You might save yourself some money by picking up your car during a lull in flight arrivals. Don't get pressured into getting a larger car than the 1 you booked because they don't have any more of the model you picked. If you say "NO" often enough, you will get a free upgrade because they actually don't have any more of the model you picked.
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As you are not an experienced renter, use autoslash.com. They will monitor prices and rebook you if they find something cheaper.

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