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Usa Trip ( and not the kinda trip youre thinking of ) :D

All you travellers out there , just a small question is it better to rent a car for a trip to the usa before you go or when you arrive ? and what sites would you recommend for car hire .

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Didn't you had a holiday already ? Leave some money for the coffee
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Well if the coffee manufacturer's were depending on you they'd be out of business... not only do I have to buy you coffee but your friends as well.. now that's taking the peeeeeee

Fair dues to ya fro travelling to the BMW meet , the least I could do was buy the coffee...
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Dermot - my experience there was internet was the way to go and the earlier the better. In the big cities it is all the usual big brand suspects you'd be familiar with. You can usually get great deals with air/hotel miles but I guess you'd already have done that if you have them - worth checking out your airline website just in case they have any handy tie-ins though. If you're going somewhere warm, it's surprising how many relatively exotic cars become available for much cheaper than here - did a convertible mustang in california once for a few days - best rental ever!!
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Also - try to book at a weekly rate if you can.. You usually can extend for 2days without big penalties, but it's far cheaper usually to rent a car for a week than 4 or even 3 days!

At work we mainly deal with Hertz who are expensive in the US. Dollar or Budget usually cheaper, and cars are usually pretty good condition all round..

watch out for all kinds of extras like GPS, etc.. At first they seem like a good idea - but one company wanted to charge me $35 a day for GPS!!! I didn't even want it as I have my own.. I could have bought 1 in any electronic store for $50. They do tend to add a lot of extras on by default..

Do remember to fill up ahead of returning the car.. Prices at the pumps are about 1/3 of what the rental car company charges you.. Most pumps you won't be able to use an Irish credit card, so you have to go in to the store, state the pump number, and guestimate how much you want to pay. It's not too bad going over as it's just an intent to pay a max of $X and they will only charge you for what you put in. And for most part the guys in store usually are pretty reasonable in helping you guestimate too... Is rather satisfying to put about 80ltrs into a car and only hand over about $40!

As for booking online, versus when you get there.. I've not seen a difference in price usually once you watch for the additions.. The main thing with booking is a better chance of getting the car you want, and at smaller airports this can be really important.
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Book in advance - definitely

Try companies like holidayautos - they tend to get good rates and I've never had any problems with them
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I saw a film called once upon a time in mexico (I think), and the rental guy offered the usual stuff and the renter asked for somthing a bit under the counter. anyway he ended up with a proper old gas guzzler. Ah, but that was in mexico, Its probably different in amamerica... sorry to be of no help at all dermo, I've never been to the U.S
 
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Thanks lads (and lassies ) .. and for Prop If I go to mehico I'll know who not to ask
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I've rented loads in the US over the last 10 years.

I always use Hertz now.

Book in advance, but don't get a pay-in-advance rate
unless you are 100% sure of your dates as you have no flexibility
for upgrades at the desk and you don't get refunds for early returns.



Sign up to their loyalty card before booking.


Make sure you get unlimited mileage.
gas is cheap so get the biggest car you can afford.

I always go for an SUV if touring National parks
or something like a Mustang, Camero or Corvette for a bit of flash.

Check if your creditcard covers you for insurance.
If it does refuse all insurance otherwise the creditcard
insurance is invalid and you end up with very limited cover.


Who ever your choose always ask for deals/upgrades when you get there.
It's the US. There are deals to be made.


Don't rent satnav. Buy one there instead.


Have fun.
 
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I've rented loads in the US over the last 10 years.

I always use Hertz now.

Book in advance, but don't get a pay-in-advance rate
unless you are 100% sure of your dates as you have no flexibility
for upgrades at the desk and you don't get refunds for early returns.



Sign up to their loyalty card before booking.


Make sure you get unlimited mileage.
gas is cheap so get the biggest car you can afford.

I always go for an SUV if touring National parks
or something like a Mustang, Camero or Corvette for a bit of flash.

Check if your creditcard covers you for insurance.
If it does refuse all insurance otherwise the creditcard
insurance is invalid and you end up with very limited cover.


Who ever your choose always ask for deals/upgrades when you get there.
It's the US. There are deals to be made.


Don't rent satnav. Buy one there instead.


Have fun.
Nev's great thats the info you want!
 
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Oh and never hire it from one state and drop
it off in another. The repatriation fee is normally
almost the same as the hire cost!!
 
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They make their money off the insurance. You can buy full cover over here and save yourself a bundle - but it was years ago I did this, so I can't advise on what company to use, can't remember!
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At work we are now told to refuse all rental car insurance and rely
on the American Express Card cover to save costs. (Avis)
 
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So if i book it with a visa I have full insurance
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No, you need to check what insurance your card offers.
Give them a call and check beforehand.

 
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Ok .. If I ring them they might want me to pay them something


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To give you an idea I've booked a midsize SUV for 12 days
in September for $650 with Hertz.
 
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Hi Nev ya just want a midsize thingy , checking out sites for 350 Yoyos you can get a fair size of a motor .. No real worry what I hire to be honest as its a rent a dent and Auto box in USA is relaxing so by the time the BOX kicks down the mood to overtake has worn off
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