Its common knowledge that rental cars aren’t exactly cheap, but there are some strategies you can adopt to getting a sweeter deal.

We’ve taken many road trips over the years, including 18 months around Australia and 12 months around the USA, so we’ve got a lot of experience with using rental cars.

19 Ways To Find Cheap Rental Cars

Here are some of our top strategies to getting the best car deals…

Book in advance

When you book online in advance you will almost always get a better deal than at the counter. And it’s easier and quicker. The last thing you want to do after a long flight is deal with rental car companies at the airport and negotiate a deal.

Check prices frequently

Just like when you search for flights it pays to check prices frequently as they do change – different days can have different rates. If you use an aggregator site that searches all the major rental car companies at once, it’s fairly quick and painless.

Adjust Pick-Up and Drop-Off Times

When searching for cheap rental cars online, the pick-up and drop-off times are typically in half hour increments. Try tweaking these times and see if it affects your rates.

Book the smallest vehicle you’ll need

Think carefully about what type of vehicle you need. Sure it might be tempting to go for the big SUV or the fancy sports car, but always think fuel consumption and the practicalities of your car.

Avoid picking up from the airport

Off-airport locations are typically cheaper than airport locations (they tack on fees). When selecting your pick-up location and drop-off locations, look in nearby neighborhood locations to save money.

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