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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


  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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