How expensive is it to rent a car at the last minute


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texancanadian   
Member since: Jan 04
Posts: 132
Location: Houston, TX

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 30-01-05 18:18:06

I was wondering how much more expensive would it be to rent a eonomy/compact rental car at the last minute v/s booking say a month or even a few weeks in advance.
By waiting till the last minute we can check and see how good the weather will be on what days etc. How do you think the weather will be in last week of April ? will it be comfy enough to drive and visit places etc for someone who has no experience driving in snow ?
By booking at the last minute whats the max I am looking at in renting a basic car after taxes.
Thanks



pratickm   
Member since: Feb 04
Posts: 2831
Location: Toronto

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 30-01-05 21:51:26

In my experience, unlike hotels and flight, there is not that much difference in last minute rental car books and booking well in advance.
Whereas in hotels and flights, you can sometimes get great last minute deals, cars have a very narrow range for deals.
But you never know - you might get lucky !

I didn't find any great difference between the rates by Travelocity and Hotwire/Priceline though.

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Orginally posted by texancanadian
How do you think the weather will be in last week of April ? will it be comfy enough to drive and visit places etc for someone who has no experience driving in snow ?

There won't be any snow in the last week of April - I hope :)
At least not in Toronto !

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By booking at the last minute whats the max I am looking at in renting a basic car after taxes.
Difficult to predict.
Which airport?
I would say $23 and under before taxes is a good deal.


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Mishtar India   
Member since: Nov 03
Posts: 668
Location: Toronto

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 30-01-05 22:57:27

By april the driving conditions get much better , one rarely gets snow which stays on road for days.

Try enterprise rent a car , they offer $9.99/day weekend plan. you have to rent from friday to monday. With insurance it comes about $100 , but taking insurance is worht it if your US insurance does not give coverage here.

Also , try the yellow pages for lesser known rantal agencies, they usually give very attractive weekly packages. The downside is that the cars maybe more than 5-6 yrs old or more.


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Mishtar India   
Member since: Nov 03
Posts: 668
Location: Toronto

Post ID: #PID Posted on: 30-01-05 22:57:27

By april the driving conditions get much better , one rarely gets snow which stays on road for days.

Try enterprise rent a car , they offer $9.99/day weekend plan. you have to rent from friday to monday. With insurance it comes about $100 , but taking insurance is worht it if your US insurance does not give coverage here.

Also , try the yellow pages for lesser known rantal agencies, they usually give very attractive weekly packages. The downside is that the cars maybe more than 5-6 yrs old or more.


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