Best strategy for longer-term car rental?

Old Dec 26th, 2003, 10:19 AM
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Best strategy for longer-term car rental?

I may need to rent a car for as much as a month in the Silicon Valley area. Any hints, suggestions for the best way to negotiate this?
 
Old Dec 26th, 2003, 09:19 PM
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Usually the easiest and by far the cheapest way, assuming that you are not on a transcontinental odyssey during that time, is to just do two consecutive 2-week car rentals, making a trip back to the rental agency at the halfway point.

At less-busy stations, if you keep the keys when you go to the counter, they will just process the rental so that you get the same vehicle right back again.
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Old Dec 27th, 2003, 06:44 AM
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I've started researching this for a seven week rental next July/September. My problem is I need a pick up at SFO and a drop off at LAX. I have found that Enterprise has good month rentals while most others only do a week price and four weeks is four weeks, not a special month price. But Enterprise won't do those with separate pick-up and drop off locations. Sounds like it might be a good option for you, however.
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Old Dec 27th, 2003, 10:36 AM
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I'm confused by your comment Ryn. Are you saying that two, two week rentals would be cheaper than one, four week rental?
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I have been spending the last few months researching the same thing. I will need a 5 1/2 week rental this Jan/Feb. I posted a message concerning this and got many suggestions. I looked into as many options i could and found that month long rentals at any agency were no cheaper than 4 week rentals (when you get a special). Check out my posting thread - 'Long term car rentals and who rents dodge caravans'. The last message was posted on Dec 23.

At this point I am going for a $199 per week rental (I must rent a minivan). I can't find any other better offer, even with all my club discounts, credit card offers, etc.

Good luck and tell us if you find anything good.
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