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Car Rental Fees

I’m making a short trip, and as a mildly obsessive-compulsive person, I make and double check my reservations.

How can it be that a car rental that is around $25/day for five days can come out to MORE THAN DOUBLE what you could estimate the total cost would be?

Last time, I learned that if I rented the car for a week, and turned it in early, I still got a way better break on price.

I might have to try that this time. Taxes and ‘fees’. Tourist fees. Tire recovery fees. (They are always so surprised I read the rental agreements, LOL) Environmental fees. Fees for picking the car up at the airport. Oh, AAARRGH.

December 30, 2010 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Living Conditions, Rants, Seattle, Travel

3 Comments »

  1. looool sounds like my monthly cell phone bill, or my airline ticket purchases, or even my electricity bill. so frustrating!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | December 31, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’ve been there. And don’t like it one bit.

    Comment by Suwannee Refugee | December 31, 2010 | Reply

  3. If it were taxes, supporting services like fire, police, animal, city pools, etc. it wouldn’t hurt so bad, but I think tire reclamation (etc) should not be add ons, but something already calculated in the price!

    Actually, I did reserve for one week, got a lower rate, and will simply turn the car in early. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 1, 2011 | Reply


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