Angie's List Report: Car Rental How To

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Updated: 3/27 11:57 am
(WDEF) If you opt to fly to your spring break destination, you may need to pick up a rental car
        Megan McCain is a rental car consumer.  She said, "It was fairly easy. We went on the website and looked for a car that would fit five people with two car seats so we needed a car with a third row."
        Renting a car is a convenient option for many families - but it's often an afterthought.
        Doing some legwork before you arrive at our vacation destination can really pay off.
        Jeff Neiman works for the Hertz Corporation.  He said, "If your plans are pretty definite prepaying is a really good option. You can save up to 20% if you pre-pay. Now, there could be a fee if you cancel so that's got to be a pretty firm plan."
        Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "When renting a car, shop around. A lot of times people are picking up cars at the airport when they fly into their destination, but you may find it may be worth a cab ride to an off-site location because they might have lower fees."
        One common mistake consumers make when renting a car - not reading their rental agreement before they sign.
        Hicks added, "Many times people rent cars over their vacation, but they last thing they want to do is read the details of the agreement on their way to having some fun, but it's important. You need to understand what you're responsible for with that car, what happens if it breaks down, what happens if you get into an accident? Know exactly what your obligations are."
        Neiman added, "Treat it like it's your own. What would you do if you got into an accident in your car? You'd report it to the authorities. You would come back and let the rental car company know and fill out an accident report and go from there."
        Don't buy unnecessary insurance if you don't need it. Rental car insurance can cost as much as $40 a day, and you may already be covered by your existing auto insurance policy or credit card.
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