Useful Tips for Rental Cars

Check periodically for new rates in the rental car web sites. Rental car companies change their rates constantly. However, unlike the airlines, there is no penalty for canceling or making changes to your car rental reservation. Rebooking a reservation when the rate dopped, could  save money.

Always print out your confirmation when booking online, if you make your reservation by phone request that be mailed or faxed to you, . Take the confirmation with you on your trip. It can be a lifesaver if the amount the car rental agency tries to charge you doesn't match the amount you agreed to when you made your reservation, or if they question a discount, etc. This could happens because of errors in the rental car companies' computer systems or even because one of their agents is not aware of a particular promotion. If you have a printed confirmation, they will be on trouble to charge you a different amount.

Stay over a Saturday night if at all possible. Most car rental companies offer the lowest rates only to those who book on a Saturday night. Renting from a Sunday night, makes most probably not apply any discount coupons.

Don't  worry too much about size. If you're not finding any good rates for a compact or economy car, try pricing a larger vehicle. Sometimes the smaller cars sell out first and the agencies have a lot of mid size or full size cars. Sometimes you can find a full size for less than a compact.