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Rental car tips: Prepay, use travel agent for discounts

Flying into a larger market, like Los Angeles,

Flying into a larger market, like Los Angeles, and renting a car, can save money if you're going off the beaten path. Photo Credit: iStock / Anna Bryukhanova

If you plan to rent a car this summer, here are some ideas to consider before you put the pedal to the metal.

  • You can prepay for a rental car and usually get a better rate. Before you make the reservation, find out what penalties your rental company might assess if you change your “pay-it-now” reservation.
  • Be aware of fees that drive up the price.
  • If your destination is off the beaten path, try flying into a larger market, then renting a car and driving to your destination.
  • Instead of calling a rental car agency, contact a travel agent. They often have relationships with the rental companies and can get discounted rates.
  • Look for flash sales. You can find them through newsletters and social media.
  • Got a problem? Take it to social media. Rental car companies, like many industries, don’t want your ill will in the Twitterverse.

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