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Old 08-25-2013, 11:55 AM
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I had a good car rental experience recently.

I rented a car in Barcelona for 16 days, put 3,700 miles on it, returned it empty and it cost me almost exactly $400.
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Whenever I have rented a car, the total cost's are all in front of you when you sign the agreement.
I have never felt the "Bait and Switch".
Am I missing something here?
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:34 PM
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We have enough laws.
We don't need a law to protect people from not being smart enough to add the taxes and fees to their rental car budget. In fact, if you reserve the car on-line, the software gives you the total with fees and taxes out the door.
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Typically whenu rent from national they tell me exactly what the cost is including the 33 different kinds of taxes prior to making the reservation
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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
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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.
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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.
Hell, we rented a motor home for two weeks in anchorage ,and it was only $100.00 a day.
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Originally Posted by jpcanning View Post
Hell, we rented a motor home for two weeks in anchorage ,and it was only $100.00 a day.
Can you send me a PM of who you rented from?
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My favorite is you book a car for $42 a day. Then you get there and they say they have a special and for just $48 you can have this great upgraded vehicle. Ok, sounds good right? Right up until you look at the total in very fine print and see they ADDED the $48 to the $42 for a grand total of $90 per day, not just $6 more a day like they make it sound like. Of course you are a little tired from travelling and just want your car so it is easy to not pick up on until it is too late. Scam artists.
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Whatever happened to "buyer beware"? You can get the exact proposed charges before you rent any car. You are signing a contract. If you don't like the contract, rent from another company.
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I will say that the taxes are nuts.

At any major U.S. airport, you will drop $100 - $150 in taxes. If you can swing it, renting off airport is the way to go; but that doesn't usually fit well with most travel plans.

There should be one more law - to quit calling "fees"; they are fuggin TAXES.

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All of my fees/taxes I can see right on line at reservations..

Here is my rental for next week in Pensacola:

Your Car

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4WD/AWD Large SUV, FFAR
Chevrolet Tahoe or similar
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Payment Method Pay Later

Rate Details
  • 2 days at 136.49 USD
    272.98 USD

  • Airport concession fee recovery

    30.89 USD

  • Customer Facility Charge

    8.50 USD

  • Rental Surcharge

    4.06 USD

  • Vehicle Licensing Cost Recovery

    3.82 USD

  • ENERGY SURCHARGE

    1.49 USD
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  • Unlimited Free Miles Included
  • Vehicle Subtotal
    321.74 USD
  • Taxes
    24.13 USD
  • Total Approximate Charge
    345.87 USD
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This explains the entire process and WHY you DO want the INSURANCE!

Watch it all, please.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWTMa76BzH0

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Don't ever seem to have any of these problems. Never paid double the rate in fees and taxes either.
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It seems the rental companies have started showing rates including fees and taxes online. At least that's what I've seen lately. The last two times I rented a car it was through Costco's website.

I also know how the insurance works and I don't buy it. I do take detailed pictures of the vehicle when I pick it up to document condition. Never had a problem, even in high risk areas like Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

Rented a Dodge Charger from Enterprise last month to drive Orlando-Atlanta rt over 3 days. It was under $100.
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I use Hertz. All fees are real clear online when I make the reservation. When I land I recieve a message telling me the exact space my car is located. I go to that spot and find an upgraded car for the same price. I drive to the gate, show my license, get my contract and away I go. I am actually amazed at how easy and transparent the whole process is.
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No crap two months ago I rented an SUV at FLL for 8 days. $1,200

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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
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Hertz is on my wavelength.
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It seems the rental companies have started showing rates including fees and taxes online. At least that's what I've seen lately. The last two times I rented a car it was through Costco's website.

I also know how the insurance works and I don't buy it. I do take detailed pictures of the vehicle when I pick it up to document condition. Never had a problem, even in high risk areas like Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

Rented a Dodge Charger from Enterprise last month to drive Orlando-Atlanta rt over 3 days. It was under $100.
I don't rent often, maybe 3-4 times a year. I always decline the insurance.

I called my personal insurance agent and she told me I need to be buying the insurance. I'm not sure she even knows what she's talking about.

What happens if you do smack the car up? They make it sound like it'll be cash out of pocket for me. Their tactics are getting more and more clever.

To me, the insurance is the least transparent part of the process, more so than the fees. I always see the fees on my statement long before I go for the car.

On another note, I've never rented from Hertz because they've always been about double in price from the El'cheapo.

But damn, it is hard standing at the counter for a half hour, while all the Hertz renters are halfway down the road already.
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