Rental Cars in California

Jul 26th, 2004, 05:38 AM
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Rental Cars in California

Has anyone ever rented a car from Advantage Rentals out of San Diego airport? (We had never heard of them.) They are so much more reasonable than the others, we thought we had better check them out.
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Jul 26th, 2004, 06:12 AM
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Advantage is a fine, reputable company.
If they are cheaper, go for it!
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Jul 26th, 2004, 08:17 AM
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Has anyone had any experience renting in one city and dropping off in another? I'd like to fly into SF, stay a few days, and then drive down the coast to San Diego, turning the car in there.
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Jul 26th, 2004, 08:40 AM
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Please post this question. I would love to see the response. I am renting a car in SF and driving to Santa Monica. I am renting with Hertz. Its not cheap.
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Jul 26th, 2004, 08:41 AM
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Most of the large companies (Dollar etc) have no problem with this and don't charge, for the majority of their fleet.

Sometimes it is cheaper to rent downtown, as airport collection fees can bump the fee up. This saves you rental fees (You don't really need a car in SFO) and car parking fees (which can be v expensive in SFO).

Most of the major lenders have depots around Union Square.

The Airline Network (A large British based company) had really excellent All-inclusive rates with Dollar recently. It was half the price of the dollar site. I used them and there were absolutely No extras to pay or suggested on collection of the car. You may be able to book through them.
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Jul 26th, 2004, 08:59 AM
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It has been my experience that National has the best rates if you will be picking up in one city and returning in another.
My stepfather just took a National rental one way from Florida to DFW and it only cost 60.00 for a little over 1 day.
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Jul 26th, 2004, 09:37 AM
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Different car rental companies run different poromotionals at different times.

It could be Avis or Dollar or Hertz or someone else who could give you the deal you want. What you have to do is to check with each rental company for the dates and locations that you want.

You are looking for "No Drop-Off Fee" if at all possible. Some agencies will charge a nominal $10-$50 drop off charge, depending on the distance/state of pick-up and drop-off locations.

Check their websites. If you don't find anything, call each agency. It's worth several hundreds of dollars to do this homework.

I drive one-way between Northern and Southern California maybe two or three times a year. Good savings!
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Jul 26th, 2004, 11:21 AM
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Back to the original question:

Advantage is a decent company as someone earlier stated, but their cars can be a little older and not so clean as the national chains. I have used them twice.
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