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Comparing Car Rental Companies For the Best Deal

by Andrea on January 22, 2013

When visiting cities and other spots with excellent public transportation (or that are easily walkable), we seldom hire a car. But I’ve found that in many destinations, having a vehicle is a nice option. You can see more of a city’s surrounding areas, enjoy the freedom of going where you want to when you want to and you don’t have to worry about booking tickets in advance for tours and public transportation. What often holds us back from renting a car in our travels is the cost. In some places it can be prohibitively expensive to hire all but the smallest compact vehicle. I like options when I’m doing a road trip and prefer to have a larger car. This often means that we’re spending hours checking out all the different car companies and looking for the best deal.

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So it was awesome to discover Carrentals.co.uk, which searches up to 50 different suppliers (including all the majors) in over 15,000 locations around the world. I loved using this website. The interface is attractive and easy to use, allowing tons of flexibility for choosing all the options you want using filters. The vehicles are categorised using ACRISS Car classification codes so you can easily figure out what size car you need for your journey. Once you choose and book, you receive a voucher via email. From there all further transactions regarding options and extras can be done directly with the car hire company.

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We used the service for our recent trip to New Jersey. I always feel like I need a car in the United States, unless I’m in the largest cities. We had family to visit on this trip and also wanted to take a day trip to Philadelphia from Atlantic City. We needed a car, and for eight days over the Christmas holiday period. I was delighted to find that the price for this was only¬†¬£255.22 (around US$405) for the cute little Nissan Versa pictured below (a compact car). While I selected ‘121’ as the car hire company, our hire ended up going through Budget, who provided excellent service and a nearly new vehicle for our journey.

nissan Comparing Car Rental Companies For the Best Deal

Being in “my country,” the US, I was the designated driver for our trip. John hates driving when he’s on holiday and, after driving us practically everywhere for the entire time we lived in Australia, that’s only fair. After my trial by fire getting out of Newark airport, and a hair-raising first hour down the NJ Turnpike (what a bunch of speed demons over there!), I actually started enjoying the drive and realized how much I actually miss having a car. We decided against buying one in Norway because it is so prohibitively expensive to have a car there. I love the freedom and flexibility to explore a destination, to enjoy listening to music while we drive and stopping off along the way if we choose. Now that we’ve found such an excellent value solution to finding the best deals on car rental, I think we’ll be renting a car more often.

Carrentals.co.uk sponsored our car hire for this journey, but all opinions are always our own.

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Emily in Chile January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

We almost never rent cars, but having just done so twice, I would have loved a site like this! It was a pain to find the various company sites and then try to figure out whether car model X was the same as car model Y and which was really the best deal.

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inspiringtravellers January 25, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I agree! This is so much better…

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Sherry January 23, 2013 at 1:09 am

Oh! I am so glad for this suggestion. I had a horrible car renting experience in Italy, where we didn’t even end up with a car. Awful! Since then, I relied on public transportation, which isn’t always bad. But sometimes, it’s good to have a car, depending on the destination. I’ll definitely tag this site for my future rentals.

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inspiringtravellers January 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

We’ve had a couple of bad experiences as well – this rental was excellent and completely hassle-free!

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Jennifer January 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Cars are essential for getting around the US everywhere except NYC (and maybe a few other big, big cities). Great suggestion for a new car rental company to check out!

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inspiringtravellers January 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I agree – and so much to see in the US that I prefer to have one.

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Andi January 23, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Ugh!!! I JUST booked a car for our next trip 2 days ago. Wish I would have read this post beforehand.

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inspiringtravellers January 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Oh well, next time! =)

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Ali January 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Great suggestion! I’ve never actually rented a car outside of the US, but there are tons of trip ideas in my head that would require a car.

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inspiringtravellers January 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

And it can be so expensive in Europe so a site like this is so handy!

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Jay January 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm

We rent a lot of cars – sometimes for long periods of time while we’re home too. It’s always good to check to see if your company has corporate rates – Joe’s has a code that can be used worldwide and it always saves us money.

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inspiringtravellers January 31, 2013 at 10:48 am

Ah, corporate rates. I am aware of them but John is usually contracting so we need to investigate more. Thanks for the tip! =)

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