SANTA MONICA, Calif.--()--Traveling for the upcoming holidays? Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, offers consumers money-saving tips in “Confessions of a Rental Car Agent.” The article features insider information from a former rental car agent who reveals the ins and outs of car rental scams.
Here are some of the highlights of the rental car agent’s advice:
“Keep in mind that rental car agents are salesmen who have a stake in selling you upgrades and extras that you don’t necessarily need”
- Very few customers actually need extra rental car insurance, and at as much as $26 a day it can almost double the cost of the car rental. Check your existing insurance policies and your credit card services to learn what coverage you already have before reserving a rental car.
- If the agent is offering you a car upgrade, it may be because they don’t have the class of vehicle you want on the lot. Decline the offer and you’ll probably get the upgrade for free.
- Stay focused on the “out-the-door” total. An upgrade that costs $5 a day can add up fast over the length of the rental and probably isn’t worth it.
- Always say no to the prepaid gas option. Unless you drive back on to the lot with a completely empty tank, it’s a waste of money.
“Confessions of a Rental Car Agent” can be found at http://www.edmunds.com/advice/buying/articles/165627/article.html. Edmunds.com also published Top 10 Rental Car Tips at http://www.edmunds.com/reviews/list/top10/116640/article.html and Tips for A Hassle-Free Car Rental at http://www.edmunds.com/ownership/driving/articles/46971/article.html.
Edmunds.com launched its Confessions Series at http://www.edmunds.com/confessions/ in 2000. Beginning with the original “Confessions of a Car Salesman,” the Confessions http://www.edmunds.com/confessions/ articles offer invaluable guidance to consumers looking to save money on a new car, navigate the dealership service department, purchase new tires and perform other automotive tasks.
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