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Car Rentals

• To get the best deal, book a car when you book your flight. Then re-check before you leave to see if there's a cheaper rate. Check car rental Web sites for bargains at both times.

• When you rent a car, don't accept the insurance options the company wants you to buy. Check with your own auto insurance agent to see if you're covered under your policy, or use a premium credit card that offers travel insurance.

• Check the rental car carefully before you leave the rental lot. If you see any damage, have an official of the company note it on the rental contract before you leave.

• If you're planning to go somewhere during peak season, make sure you can find an affordable car before you buy a non-refundalble airline ticket.

• Rent the smallest car available at the cheapest rate. About half the time, the rental company won't have the small car you ordered and will have to give you a larger car at the small-car price.

• Always take the car out with a full tank of gasoline and return it with a full tank.

• If you're renting for five days or more, a weekly rental will provide a large discount.

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Clark shows off what he calls the "frunk" of his all-electric Tesla -- a trunk where the engine would normally go.

Best Cars of 2015

Every April, Consumer Reports makes a special effort during car buying season to give advice for new and used buyers in their annual auto issue. This year, the overall most reliable brand for new cars is a repeat performer that's near and dear to my heart -- the Tesla S. ...

Alternatives To Costly Car Rental Insurance

Many people only rent cars about twice a year, once during a summer vacation and once during the Christmas holidays. That leaves a lot of unsuspecting motorists open to common rip-off fees that the car-rental agencies like to push. Here are some simple ways to make sure you get cheap ...

Coming soon: Rent a car by the hour

Coming soon: Rent a car by the hour

A luxury automaker is testing a new service that will let any driver rent a car by the hour. Here’s how the service works and which cities will test pilot the program.

 

GM's OnStar System Readies Location-Based Offers

GM is doing a variety of things through their OnStar system that could save you money and maybe even make you some dough! OnStar's location-based offers In a new development, GM's OnStar system will give you location-based offers thrown at you as you drive. So you're driving down the street ...

How To Avoid Paying $25 for a $1 Toll

Rental car companies who eat you up with fees for using their transponder in states with electronic tolls are facing lawsuits. We all know more and more states have eliminated humans at toll booths and switched to an all-electronic system. But did you know the car rental companies charge you ...

How to get the best price on a rental car

How to get the best price on a rental car

Clark has a simple method for assuring the best rate on a rental car. Don't miss out on big savings!

New discount car rental option

New discount car rental option

You may be able to score a car rental for as little as $10 a day in most major vacation areas with this new company.

Car Rental Gotchas Go High Tech

Car rental companies are coming up with a new way to fee you to death over gasoline. Avis is using a new technology that can read the amount of gas in the tank down to tenths of a gallon. If you return it just a hair less than full, they ...

Brock Setmire, a regional marketing director for Hertz Car Rental, said the general trend in demand this year has been larger vehicles.

$10 car rentals from Hertz

Thanks to a new discount brand from Hertz, you may be able to score a car rental for as little as $10 a day! I rent cars up to 40 or 50 times a year, so I'm very interested in a new Hertz sub-brand that I read about in The ...

Hot deals on new and used cars

With the average cost of cars right around $32,000, is it possible to buy one for less? You betcha! Car buyers keep pushing the price of cars up and up and they keep taking out longer and longer car loans. I read a recent report about some loans stretching out ...

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