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Car Rental Fees Update

So here is how my car rental looked:

The ACTUAL charge was like $142 for the week. “Fees” and taxes came to an additional $76.85. It is SO misleading when you are quoted a car rental price and it doesn’t include those charges until the final tally. It’s OK for me, it’s just what I have to do, but I remember being young, and when an extra almost $77 might have been a really bad surprise.

The check-in person asked me how I liked the car – a Ford Focus. I told her I hated it. I know it’s being advertised as ‘better than Toyota’ but it isn’t. It drives like a boat. It is clunky feeling, and it doesn’t get great pick-up. When I first got in, I had to drive those extra narrow, extra fast lanes on Seattle’s crowded I-5 going North, and it was raining and water is swooshing off the tops of trucks (who were passing me) and I just hated the car.

Toyotas are more nimble. Toyotas have better pick-up. You know, I would rather like to buy American, but first the automakers have to show me that they have a car that makes you happy to be driving.

People kid me about my Rav4, that it’s a young people’s car, but you know, I love the way it drives, I love the way it grips the road and goes anywhere, and still remains small enough and nimble enough to park in a tiny little spot. It has a much bigger feel, and is so comfortable. The Ford Focus is just clunky.

BTW, I asked the check in person if it was legal for me to rent a car for a week to get the better rate and then to turn it in early. She just laughed and said “It’s not illegal; it’s SMART!”

January 23, 2011 - Posted by | Adventure, Financial Issues, Living Conditions, Marketing, Seattle, Technical Issue, Travel


  1. Rent a car and turn it in early ??? Wont they have a hidden charge for that , like paying off your loan early ,instead of getting a discount they hit you with an early cancellation charge ??

    Comment by daggero | January 26, 2011 | Reply

  2. Yes. Check it out! And so far, so good. The one week rental cost is cheaper than a five day rental, and there is no penalty for early return; you’ve already paid.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 26, 2011 | Reply

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