How to save on car rentals
Reporter Tod Marks, who covers shopping for Consumer Reports as Tightwad Tod, tried booking a Hertz economy car for two days in Charlotte, N.C. His best rate: $69. That jumped to $99 after four layers of taxes, concession and facility surcharges (imposed when renting at an airport), and a fee to recoup the cost of plates and registration.
Next came a pitch for other extras: a waiver to relieve Marks of responsibility for damage, theft, and loss of vehicle use, $58 for two days, supplemental liability insurance, $28, personal accident insurance/effects coverage to pay some medical bills and replace stolen items, $14, and emergency roadside assistance, $10. The new total: $209. Another decision: whether to prepay for a fill-up, to avoid looking for a gas station before returning the car.
Nov 30, 2013