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Adam's Cool New Auto Blog

Yo! My name is Adam and this is my cool new auto blog. I live with my parents in the suburbs of Sydney. It might not seem pretty cool living with your parents, but I am planning to move out soon. One massive advantage of living with my parents is that I can save a lot of money to invest in my new car. As well as the extra money in my pocket, I also benefit from lots of advice from my dad who is an auto mechanic. He has helped me to fine-tune and to add accessorises to my auto so it looks really ace.


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Yes, You Can Save Real Money on a Rental Car

Sherri Craig

When planning a business trip or holiday, you may find that a rental car is one of the most expensive parts of that trip, sometimes even costing as much as your hotel! However, there are some ways to cut down on that expense and save real money on a car rental; note a few of those methods here, so you can use them on your next holiday.

Consider off-brands

When you decide to rent a car, you may notice that the most popular brands are always listed first for any category of vehicle; however, don't assume that those well-known brands are the only reliable and comfortable brands available. The lesser-known car makes can be just as comfortable and offer just as much interior room, but are often cheaper simply because travellers tend to gravitate to the more popular brands. Note the overall size, storage capacity, and any other details needed, but always search for those lesser-known brands when renting a car, and you may find that they're much cheaper than any other.

Off-brands can also mean choosing rental agencies that aren't as well-known. There may be a small handful of companies that come to mind when you think of renting a car but expand your search and compare prices for lesser-known or local companies, and you may get a great price break.

Bid for a lower price

Many online sites compare prices of rental cars from various agencies, but some allow you to actually bid on a price. Typically, the rental agency will accept this bid if they have no reservations made for that type of car within a certain timeframe. There may be certain exclusions, such as only bidding on lesser-known models, as mentioned above, or the agency may only accept a certain minimum amount, but bidding on a car price can mean getting the lowest price available.

Avoid prepaid rentals

Prepaid rentals can sometimes save you a small amount, but this also means that you can't get the car for cheaper if the price should drop as your holiday or trip nears. As with other companies, a car rental agency may drop the price of rentals if they don't have reservations on file, but your prepaid rental price is usually locked in. You may or may not save by avoiding a prepaid rental, but it can be good to avoid risking it by waiting until your trip gets closer and then checking prices again, to ensure you are getting the lowest rate.

For more information on choosing a budget car hire, click here!