Renting a Car

Physician's Money Digest, February29 2004, Volume 11, Issue 4

Working your way through the mazeof rental car charges to the best deal isoften a mind-boggling exercise. There aresome general guidelines, however, thatcan help you lower the rental car tab.One of the Savvy Traveler's (www.savvytraveler.org) top tips is to avoid airportrentals. Add-on fees and taxes can add toyour airport rental costs; by taking a cabinto town, you can often get the samedeal for less. Similarly, suburban rentalcenters may have better prices thandowntown locations. Use Internet travelsites like Travelocity.com to search outthe best deals—and start early. Unlikehotels and airlines, rental car agenciesgenerally don't charge a penalty fee if youcancel an earlier reservation.