USA car rental - book now or when there?

Discussion in 'Car Hire, Taxis and Limos' started by rowdyrobbieflyer, Apr 23, 2014.

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  1. rowdyrobbieflyer

    Mar 19, 2014
    Hey all, what's easier?

    I want to book a car to go from LA to SAN FRANCISCO.

    Also, is there any useful search tools like Google Flights for car rental?

    Thanks heaps guys!

  2. raleyoz

    raleyoz Member

    Dec 26, 2012
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    I have just started using , price and service so far has been great. I am an avis corporate and preferred customer but sometimes pricing can be ridiculous. These guys will book you with a second tier company like Dollar or Fox or Enterprise. No big problem cars are perfect but it appears the save cost by having crap staff at check in counter , IME. So a tip, once you select your car , enrolled in there "preferred/Fast/Gold " program usually it us free. And skip the lines.
    Also in CA there is usually no one way free between SFO and LAX
  3. Hvr

    Hvr Senior Member

    Jun 27, 2007
    I've booked with Enterprise for my imminent LAX-SFO trip and no one way fee at all. One of the reasons I booked ahead was because it is over the Memorial Day long weekend holiday and I wanted to be certain of getting a vehicle.
  4. hedge

    hedge Member

    Apr 25, 2008
    Just remember if you select your residency as Australian, you pay through the teeth.
  5. JohnPhelan

    JohnPhelan Established Member

    Nov 5, 2010
    Which company are you talking about? (And don't say "all of them", because that certainly isn't true).
  6. raleyoz

    raleyoz Member

    Dec 26, 2012
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    Not my experience either,
  7. lovestotravel

    lovestotravel Senior Member

    Sep 18, 2008
    Wrong in most cases

    If you select USA as your country of residence you don't get insurance coverage as part of the agreement, that's all extra and quite costly
    If you select Australia as your country of residence the rate includes most insurances which is why it is more expensive than the USA rate (without insurance)

    Most insurance packages through other insurance companies will NOT cover your car fully in the USA
  8. rowdyrobbieflyer

    Mar 19, 2014
    Well, I booked with Thrifty. Didn't actually pay, so I'm really hoping they can't change the estimated price too much as it's really cheap.

    $1 a day in one case.
  9. AdMEL

    AdMEL Established Member

    Feb 14, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Very unlikely to include any insurance, because a) Thrifty rates usually don't and b) it's so cheap.

    Insurance will cost in the vicinity of $20-40 per day from Thrifty. Note that you need both CDW/LDW (waiver for damage to rental car) and ALI/LIS (third party legal liability), which are usually separate.

    You may be able to get cover elsewhere (e.g. Amex Plat Charge Card), but note that almost all cards and travel insurances only cover the excess, not the full damage cost, which is useless in the US (generally no such thing as an excess). Also note that no card or travel insurance that I'm aware of covers third party legal liability for rental cars - it's specifically excluded (motorised vehicle is the usual term of exclusion).
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  10. raleyoz

    raleyoz Member

    Dec 26, 2012
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    the guys I found include all insurances.
    CDW,TLW,SLI,UMP,CFC,HSC. and were still 50% cheaper than the best corporate rate I could muster from Avis.

    FWIW - no I do not work for them.
    Just completed my second rental in last 10 days and not 1 issue. Worth a look!!

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