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Old 08-26-2013, 04:43 AM
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Originally Posted by ProppedUp View Post
I know the drill guys. I have rented cars plenty of times to know to double the rate and thats the real cost. It just annoys me that what they advertise as $30 a day winds up being 60...... It does spell it out clearly once you click "reserve" all the fees, charges, taxes, extras, upsizes, road use, gas recovery, green fees, licensing, tar maintenance, airport usage, emissions, smog penalty, pot hole fix tax, License Recoupment Fee, Al Gores Tennessee mansion power bill percentage you owe, Al Gores GII gas bill contribution, global warming assessment, State Surcharge, sun pass, gps satilite upkeep cost, and of coarse your donation to the state tax department because you aren't already coming to their town and spending enough money

Your total is $1,000

No crap two months ago I rented an SUV at FLL for 8 days. $1,200 We had to get all the insurance and a gps because we had a foreigner driving it.....

We aren't exactly traveling on a "budget" considering the fact that we blew 60k worth of fuel out the back end to get there but gees that's highway robbery.

We all feel your pain, but asking that we "pass a law" is the last damn thing we should do. Its that kind of thinking that has us in this hell of a mess we are in right now>>> if you're in business, you can't take a crap without consulting the law.



What you should advocate instead of beating up on the rental companies, is that your government officials REPEAL a few laws, maybe in particular the ones that impose taxes on car rentals.



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Old 08-26-2013, 04:58 AM
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I'm not unhappy about it, that's how I was able to buy a 2012 Tahoe, 9 months old with 22k on the odometer for $32000 in Miami
I have always been leery of buying an ex-rental vehicle. It's up to the location manager to maintain them and depending on their diligence, it may or may not have been. Also, I have seen the way people treat rentals...rode hard and put up wet often is an understatement.
Anyway, you still have a warranty...hope you don't have to use it!
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:01 AM
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Most rental agencies now tell you the estimated total including taxes and fees, when the reservation is confirmed. You can expect to pay more than that estimate of you return the car late or if there are mileage fees.

Insurance is a scam. For personal use your own insurance will usually cover you. If you have any premium credit card it will probably cover the deductible. If you use your employer's preferred vendor on a business trip the insurance is generally part of the contract for domestic travel (corporate credit card programs usually exclude -any- insurance).

If some pissant tries to hard-sell you the insurance ask to see their insurance agent's license. The look on their face will be interesting.

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Old 08-26-2013, 05:06 AM
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Book online, decline Priceline insurance, pony up the extra for insurance at the counter. Why risk the ding to your personal insurance driving in a strange place? Not worth it to me anyways. I also had a little issue with a rental car a while ago involving poor decision making on my part and price lines insurance, so I'm admittedly biased. I won eventually, but it took some doing.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:33 AM
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-Hotwire.com-

Put in your location and dates, it will instantly give you the cheapest prices for each category of car - all fees included except insurance*.

I typically get mid sized cars for $20 per day total.

When I get to the front desk - I am nice to the people, I tell them I have a long drive and that my company uses hotwire and gets me the cheapest car (I lie) - then I ask for upgrades. Best I did to date was a loaded Tahoe for $22, Camaro and Mustang for $25, big ole Caddie for $26.

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Most personal insurance policies or credit cards cover damage and liability, but they don't cover loss of use. You are charged for the time the car is in for repairs - even if it takes a month+, you will keep on paying the daily rate until that car gets back on the road.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
Book online, decline Priceline insurance, pony up the extra for insurance at the counter. Why risk the ding to your personal insurance driving in a strange place?.
Last time I rented a few months ago, the insurance at the counter was exactly the same amount as the car itself. Essentially doubling the price of the rental. Would be nice to know the real deal on the insurance.

Someone is incorrect, either we are liable for the damages or we are not. I book with Amex cards and I have rental coverage on my personal and commercial policies. However, the rental companies now say they can charge for "lost revenue while the car is repaired" as well.

The real deal would be nice to know.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Jughed View Post
-Hotwire.com-

Put in your location and dates, it will instantly give you the cheapest prices for each category of car - all fees included except insurance*.

-Insurance-
Most personal insurance policies or credit cards cover damage and liability, but they don't cover loss of use. You are charged for the time the car is in for repairs - even if it takes a month+, you will keep on paying the daily rate until that car gets back on the road.
I never get insurance. Hotwire is good but you have to go to the desk unlike Hertz Gold and you can't add a second driver. At least at Hertz. I got a compact for like $14 a day in Santa Fe. Great deal. When I went to the Hertz desk the car was $23 if I booked through Hertz. I will use Hotwire or something like it from here on out unless I want to rent something special.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:06 AM
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The issue is where you are booking not the companies, use Kayak.com (I also use the app) they give you the daily rate and then the total with taxes and fees included. Rented a the smallest cheapest car to drive 70 miles costs me $26.
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:30 AM
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So when you go buy other products they have the taxes posted on the price tag?
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:24 AM
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You know why there are all those taxes on tourist type things??

Cause the locals don't think it will come out of their pocket!

But that works both ways cause when you go to another town, you get to fund their local boondoggle, just like they are funding yours. How do you like paying for your opponents sports stadium?
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Wolakrab View Post
I have always been leery of buying an ex-rental vehicle. It's up to the location manager to maintain them and depending on their diligence, it may or may not have been. Also, I have seen the way people treat rentals...rode hard and put up wet often is an understatement.
Anyway, you still have a warranty...hope you don't have to use it!
Expected more guys to jump on my case about being stupid enough to buy a used rental car. THT is getting mellow..

Had to think about it, but this is the 4th rental car I have bought. 2 Tahoes, a Mustang, and a Taurus. If I inspect the car, deem it is in good condition and has at least 10,000 miles of warranty left I don't think twice about it. The only issue I ever had with one was the 18 month old Mustang convertible I bought 2 years ago, had one odd tire and if I pushed it around the brake discs would warp (weird, they would be fine unless you got them hot).. I bought that for exactly half of the MSRP.
I'm not like you rich guys, I can't afford $600 a month car payments, I need to pay cash.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:46 AM
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Originally Posted by jpcanning View Post
I rented a car in New Orleans and used my insurance,when I returned it thay said it had a scratch?

Total BS,they delivered it wet and the scratch I didn't see,fought and won (saved my 500 deductible .)

Now I pay for their insurance,they don't even check the car now when we return it
X2. I always buy thier insurance because I treat rentals horribly.
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Old 08-26-2013, 04:35 PM
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Arizona state tax on rental was 15.2%
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
I'm not like you rich guys, I can't afford $600 a month car payments, I need to pay cash.
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Old 08-26-2013, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Seefood Man View Post
I looked at renting a car in Anchorage last week. $33 a day for 14 days = 462.00 Right?

Fees & Taxed put it at close to a 1000 bucks. Fees were like 390.00
I hope thay saw my middle finger from here.
You were tellin' them "You're # 1" ?
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Old 08-26-2013, 06:56 PM
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Add hotel charges to this conversation.

-Bed tax
-State tax
-Lodging tax
-Local tax
-Tax to collect tax...made that one up.

I had a hotel add a $10 fee for the safe in my room. I asked about it and was told that every room that has a safe has to pay a $10 safe fee. I told them I didn't even know there was a safe in the room and I certainly didn't use it. The company I work for pays my hotel bills but I act like it's my money so I refused to pay it. I had to argue with the hotel manager before they would credit the $10 back. What a freakin scam!!
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rented a 4x4 in costa rica for 16 days, paid up front exactly the amount that was stated online and paid for maximum insurance. good thing too, because i returned it beat to hell and with a flat tire from offloading it on the rocks and beach of the Costa Rican "highways" haha. i've never bought the extra insurance before, but i can tell you its worth it in costa rica. we checked into the car rental insurance from our credit card, and basically found that it does not apply in costa rica.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
Add hotel charges to this conversation.

-Bed tax
-State tax
-Lodging tax
-Local tax
-Tax to collect tax...made that one up.

I had a hotel add a $10 fee for the safe in my room. I asked about it and was told that every room that has a safe has to pay a $10 safe fee. I told them I didn't even know there was a safe in the room and I certainly didn't use it. The company I work for pays my hotel bills but I act like it's my money so I refused to pay it. I had to argue with the hotel manager before they would credit the $10 back. What a freakin scam!!
Throw the cost of two hookers in there and you will double the price of your stay.
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Wolakrab View Post
I have always been leery of buying an ex-rental vehicle. It's up to the location manager to maintain them and depending on their diligence, it may or may not have been. Also, I have seen the way people treat rentals...rode hard and put up wet often is an understatement.
Anyway, you still have a warranty...hope you don't have to use it!
Our last trip to Costa Rica, we hammered the rental up any mountain I could fine. I am sure this is done with most adventurous tourists down there.

I purchased their insurance and didnt have to worry about anything. That think came back so dirty it was hard to tell what color it was, less being able to see any scratches. Hand in the keys and fly home.
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Old 08-27-2013, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
Add hotel charges to this conversation.

-Bed tax
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-Local tax
-Tax to collect tax...made that one up.
Add "Resort Fee" to that list. Purely a hotel adder to the rate. I won't stay at one that has that fee if there is any alternative at all.
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