Rental Car References wanted - July in California

Ted Schmitt

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I am planning a family vacation in July in California and require a rental car. With so many options of companies, any one care to recommend a company ?
Budget ? Thrifty? Avis? Hertz? National? Enterprise? and the list goes on...

Thanks !
 
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Stijloor

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#2
Re: Rental car references

I am planning a family vacation in July in California and require a rental car. With so many options of companies, any one care to recommend a company ?
Budget ? Thrifty? Avis? Hertz? National? Enterprise? and the list goes on...

Thanks !
They're all good, and all are taking you for a ride :notme: if you're not careful.

Here's some info...

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Marc

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Re: Rental car references

Randy should have some ideas as should some of the others who travel. I'm surprised no one else has spoken up.

I so rarely travel any more I wouldn't know what company is 'better'. Personally I hate choosing rental car companies when I travel. Too many options, terms and conditions to be able to easily compare them (especially the differences at the different locations).
 

Ted Schmitt

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Thanks Marc for the reply... guess I´ll hold on a little longer for replys. The options are certainly dumbfounding... Thrifty and Budget are considerably cheaper... how? older cars? who knows...:notme:
 

Marc

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I don't think any of the major companies have older cars. I've done Thrifty in the past as well as Budget, but I've had different experiences at different locations. I can't remember any particularly bad experiences with any of the major companies. Most 'bad' experiences I've had weren't really 'bad' - More that I was traveling, tired and irritable so little things easily set me off.
 

Stijloor

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Thanks Marc for the reply... guess I´ll hold on a little longer for replys. The options are certainly dumbfounding... Thrifty and Budget are considerably cheaper... how? older cars? who knows...:notme:
It is very difficult to compare apples with apples in the rental car industry. If you can, do not rent cars at airports but find a way to get to an off-airport location. Even if you have to pay a cab fare, you may be 45% cheaper off by renting in another location. Cheaper rents mean smaller cars and also higher mileage vehicles. You need to do your shopping beforehand. Pick a vehicle, determine a time and check out rentals through Orbitz for example. Also, keep in mind that there may be different charges for folks from another country. It's usually the additional insurance charges that can bite you.

Good luck Ted.

Stijloor.
 

howste

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#7
I do a lot of travel, and I've settled on Thrifty. Their prices are always competitive, and they seem to have good service overall. I've had a few bad experiences with Enterprise.
 
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It is very difficult to compare apples with apples in the rental car industry. If you can, do not rent cars at airports but find a way to get to an off-airport location. Even if you have to pay a cab fare, you may be 45% cheaper off by renting in another location. Cheaper rents mean smaller cars and also higher mileage vehicles. You need to do your shopping beforehand. Pick a vehicle, determine a time and check out rentals through Orbitz for example. Also, keep in mind that there may be different charges for folks from another country. It's usually the additional insurance charges that can bite you.

Good luck Ted.

Stijloor.
I totally agree with Jan. Get off airport rentals - and avoid all kinds of fees. I'd go with Enterprise, although the process can take hours (what seems like it) to do the paperwork, get the car etc. They are going to be cleaner cars than airport cars, too! Enterprise do some cheap weekends deals if you don't need one all week.
 
T

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Don't forget to check what insurance your credit card offers automatically for car rentals, they will still try to sell you a policy even if you may already be covered through your credit card.
 
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