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I'm looking for a rental for July.
I'm in need of a mini van that will hold at least 7 people.
Anyone know any great tips for finding a great rate?
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Where?  I search for smaller rental companies, like some car dealers who operate a rental agency as part of their business, or Payless Car Rental if in a major airport like Vegas.

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Try not to rent at airports, a lot of times you can find a cheaper rate at a location a few miles away

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Try not to rent at airports, a lot of times you can find a cheaper rate at a location a few miles away

Absolutely this. Some airport fees and taxes will add a third more to your final bill.
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In a lot of cities, you pay the airport taxes even if you rent somewhere else.  The trick is not telling then you flew in.
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Keep checking - don't assume that the rate you can get now will be the best rate you can get between now & then.

I always rent at the airport because it's the most convenient, but I shop around a lot for the best rate.


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Use a site like Priceline or Hotwire and use the name your price feature.  If you start early they'll tell you the chance of renting is 2%. don't worry, you'll get whatever price you submit as long as it's not totally absurd. You'll also end up renting from a major national chain like Avis or Hertz. The only time car rental companies sell out is at the Superbowl, Presidential Inauguration, etc.

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Also, try for the best rate both with any memberships you have and without.  A professional organization I'm a member of has "special rates" that are almost always higher than renting without mentioning them.  AAA may or may not make a difference.

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My auto insurance provider (All-State) sends coupons about twice a year with my renewal materials - they usually include a pretty good discount rate plus a coupon offer (free day, 1 class upgrade, etc) - check with your auto insurance company if they do the same.

I'm one of those people who sticks with the well known brands for things like flights and rental cars.  I almost always rent from Alamo.  Less hassle and no shady charges to dispute when you get home.


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Try contacting a used car dealer in the area you're going to. Sometimes they have vehicles they'll rent out rather than have them just sit on the lot.

Last time I visited family in Ohio, that's what I did. Make sure your insurance will cover it.


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Our group flew into Salt Lake the last 2 trips, and we rented off the airport at a place called Rugged Rentals.  The airport fees were the main difference, and were dramatic, well over $100 for a week's rental.  At least check, but you are giving up the convenience of walking to the rental area, but we didn't think it was that bad.
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