Good afternoon everyone, I hope your week is going well. I have a few trips coming up in the next 2-3 months and needed to make 3 rental car reservations. I always start with AutoSlash and see what deals they can find for me. As you may know, there is a rental car shortage around the country and I expected rates to be higher than average, but I was not prepared for the sky high rental car rates (rental car rates are more expensive than airline tickets).
Generally, booking rental cars is the last thing I do when I plan a trip (after booking flights and hotels). Since rental car rates are much higher than normal, I recommend booking rental cars as soon as possible to lock in the cheapest price. Learn from my mistakes and save hundreds of dollars on your next rental car reservation.
For my first car rental reservation, I needed a 6 day rental for Lihue, Hawaii (island of Kauai) in July. The *cheapest* rate that AutoSlash could find was over $1,000!
On the Priceline checkout page, it shows a weekly rate of $864 before taxes and fees.
For my second car rental reservation, I needed a 4 day rental for Kona, Hawaii (the Big Island of Hawaii) in July. The *cheapest* rate that AutoSlash could find was $900! I wanted an economy size car, but it looks like only intermediate cars were available.
I’m not sure why Priceline does not show the same breakdown with the daily rate and taxes/fees for this Dollar rental car reservation.
For my last car rental reservation, I needed a 2 day rental in Burbank, California in August. The *cheapest* rate that AutoSlash could find was $300!
On the Priceline checkout page, it shows the daily rate of $111 before taxes and fees.
After I made each car rental reservation, I plugged the details into the AutoSlash Track a Rental page in the hope that AutoSlash could find me a cheaper rate down the road (pun intended).
I received a confirmation email from AutoSlash, so now I have to be patient and hope AutoSlash can find me a cheaper rate. Then I make a new reservation, cancel the old reservation, and plug the new reservation details into AutoSlash. It is a continuous process until the day I pick up my rental car.
If you have any questions about booking rental cars with AutoSlash, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!