Consumer Suggestions to Avoid Car Rental Surcharges

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Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 9, 2009

An associate at Car Rental 8 recently ran across an excellent article titled “Tire fee? Beware of new car rental surcharges.” The article was written by Christopher Elliott who wrote on behalf of the National Geographic Traveler Magazine and originally appeared on and CNN International. In the article, Christopher highlight s several ways that car rental companies are trying to recoup their down sales by taking advantage of consumers through car rental surcharges and other creative “fees.” Fees that may suspiciously find their way on your ticket could include car rental surcharges like:

    A fee for something you’ve already paid for in the car rental
    A fee for something that should come with the car rental (a tire fee -really give me break?)
    Surcharge on surcharges for the car rental
    The stadium tax
    Extra driver fees for the car rental

Car Rental 8 would like to help car rental consumers make sure they don’t get taken advantage of by the car rental companies by offering a few simple tactical suggestions:

(1) All Inclusive. When reserving a car outside the US, avoid surcharges by making sure that the car rental is all-inclusive. Even though online car rental websites advertise cheap rates, the lowest rates may not include coverage like Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection, and all local taxes and fees.

(2) Know the Fuel Policy. Avoid a fuel surcharge by reviewing the car rental fuel policy of the company. Some companies have a full-empty policy and require you to buy a tank of fuel and return the car empty. Usually the fuel costs a little more and the rates are posted at the desk for your reference. However, if you are traveling on business or managing the kids on vacation, returning a rental car empty may be very convenient. Upon return, have the person checking the car back in give you a copy of the receipt and have them mark ENC (empty no charge) and initial next to the fuel level to insure you are not charged.

(3) Understand the Cancellation Policy. Check the cancellation policy before booking to avoid car rental surcharges. Bookings can usually be cancelled within 24-48 hours of placing the reservation free of charge. Furthermore, cancellation fees may be higher if cancelled within 48 hours of your pickup date. If you have found a great price, but have not confirmed your travel yet, look for the option of a cancellation protection fee. The fee is usually a percent of the car rental, and if you have a costly rental, may be worth the insurance to avoid unexpected surcharges.

(4) Additional Driver Considerations. If you have additional car rental drivers, consider the Gold or Platinum packages a company may offer. They sometimes cover the initial tank of fuel and additional drivers. For example, you pick up a rental car for three days and have two drivers and only plan to use one tank of fuel. The cost of the fuel and driver surcharges may be greater than taking the company package.

(5) Don’t Be Timid. Unfortunately, car rental surcharges at the rental desk may be unavoidable. Protect yourself by asking up front what the additional surcharges are before taking the keys. Do not be timid about confirming with the agent that there will be no other surcharges other than the ones you have been informed of.

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Marshall Slaton, Director of Operations

Car Rental 8


mslaton (at) CarRental8 (dot) com

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