Things Rental Car Companies Won’t Tell You

Book now, pay later

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“Renting a car is one of the last remaining travel reservations you can make with no prepayment; in most cases, it doesn’t even require a credit card,” says Bill Androckitis Jr., Owner, Touring Central Florida. “Book the best rate you can find, then keep checking your preferred rental company for better rates.” The same company may offer different specials or change prices based on the rental location. “It’s not uncommon to see greatly reduced rates in the weeks right before your desired rental period as the company wants to rent out as many vehicles as possible,” says Androckitis. (Find out the 11 secrets travel booking companies don’t want you to know.)

Don’t book on these days

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When you’re traveling for leisure, you’re competing for car rentals with business travelers. “I definitely try to avoid Sunday and Monday, as these days may have limited inventory because the regular corporate clients have a standard contract that guarantees them a car,” says Annette White, travel blogger at Bucket List Journey.

Don’t rent from the airport

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Renting a car from an airport location is terribly convenient, which is why it’s usually the most expensive. Instead, hop on a hotel shuttle to get closer to town, then rent from a non-airport based location, suggests Charles McCool, travel expert and blogger at McCool Travel. In some cases, paying for an Uber to a nearby car rental company is still cheaper than booking at the airport location. These are the 15 things you should never, ever buy at the airport.

Rotisserie chicken and car rentals

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If you thought Costco’s $4.99 rotisserie chicken was a great deal, wait till you check out their car rental deals. McCool says their rates are typically lower than anywhere else. When you search for deals, Costco Travel makes it easy to compare too. Plus Costco won’t charge you for an additional driver, like most car rental companies. Here’s everything you can do at Costco without a membership.

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Membership privileges

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Their reputable roadside service draws millions of us to sign up for AAA membership, but did you know you can rent some wheels for up to 20 percent savings with Hertz in the U.S. and Canada and up to 10 percent savings on international rates (where permitted by law)? Other noteworthy perks are a free child seat with rental and up to four free additional drivers who are AAA members who meet rental qualifications. These are the 9 travel discounts you didn’t know you were eligible for.

Perks if you’re 50+

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The AARP Advantage website is available to AARP members (membership is a mere $16 dollars a year) and holds a trunk load of car rental deals, such as a free weekend day with Avis or Budget-Rent-A-Car and 43 percent savings on a Zipcar membership. (If you’re not familiar with Zipcar, it’s an easy way to rent a car if you just need to get around town for an hour or the day. It operates in 40+ states and six additional countries.)  Find out everything seniors can get for free (or discounted).

Put your search in park

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If you don’t want to mess around with trying to find the best car rental deal, park it and try AutoSlash. “They compare rates from several companies so you can make a better choice. Even better, they track the rate continually and will rebook when the rate lowers or notify you so,” says McCool. When you enter the necessary criteria, it also asks for memberships you have, like Costco or AARP, and applies the applicable discounts to the quotes you receive via email. From there you decide which one is best for you.

Do you really need to buy insurance?

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That depends. Before you book, check out your personal auto insurance policy and find out what it covers. If you have sufficient limits and coverage while driving a rental car, then you probably don’t need it. But there is another issue to ponder regarding an accident. “The consumer needs to decide whether they want a potential claim on their own insurance policy,” says Trevor Chapman, manager of external communications, Farmers Insurance Group, Inc. If the consumer files a claim for a loss with his or her own insurance company, this claim could result in higher premiums down the road. “If the customer purchases insurance or a collision damage waiver through the rental car company, the claim will not be paid by the consumer’s own auto insurance, thus avoiding potential premium impacts,” states Chapman. Speaking of insurance claims, these bizarre excuses will blow your mind.

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Your credit card may cover your back

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Some credit card companies offer some rental car insurance, but you have to read the fine print. First off, credit card companies, like American Express and Discover, stipulate that you decline the loss/damage waiver offered by the car rental agency and that you reserve the car in your own name, pay the full rental price, and sign the rental car agreement. Second, credit card companies generally provide secondary insurance, which means it isn’t all-inclusive. It usually doesn’t cover injuries to other people in your car or other cars involved in an accident or cover damages to other vehicles or properties. Carefully read your guide benefits or Google “car rental damage and loss” with the name of your credit card to learn more. Upgrade your vacation with these credit card perks.

Who’s driving?

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This gets a little complicated because some car rental companies charge for an additional driver and some don’t. A spouse, partner, or employees on official business may be free with one company, but an additional cost at another. “I always add the additional driver, fee or no, to prevent getting into a sticky situation if there was an unfortunate accident,” says White. Read the contract thoroughly. Here’s exactly how to handle 11 scary driving scenarios.

Pay at your own pump

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It may be convenient and a time saver to return the car on empty and have the rental car take care of refueling but some companies charge a hefty price for this service, well over nine dollars a gallon. “If the price of gas is low and you are in the city, fuel up yourself before you return the car and be sure to keep the receipt as proof because you get charged more if you don’t return with a full tank of gas,” says Anshula Varma Travel Writer/Blogger, Passport to Eden. Find out the 11 things your car is revealing about your personality

Should you prepay for gas at the car rental company?

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The good thing about prepaying for gas is you don’t have to worry about filling up the car before you return it to the lot. You can return it half-empty or drive in on fumes. The downside to this is that you don’t get credit if you return the car with unused gas in the tank. “If you know you will use the full tank, and have a tight return time, like coming straight from a meeting and there isn’t a gas station near the airport or you know it won’t be open, use the prepay option,” says Stump. While this option is more expensive than refueling yourself, opting in it may be worth it, depending on the car rental company. For instance, Hertz prepay policy says their fuel price is competitive with local pump prices. Compare the fueling policies with your travel itinerary before signing the contract.

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For whom the toll charges

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Nasreen Stump, a veteran business traveler and writer at Traveling Mom always brings her own toll pass. Rental car companies charge a daily fee for using their toll pass, which according to Stump, could easily add an extra $30 charge to your rental. Check out the tolls required on your expected driving route and buy your own pass online or just pay tolls as needed. These 74 maintenance tips will extend the life of your car

Car seats

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A car seat is essential when you’re driving with kids in the back seat. Some car rental deals, like the one from Hertz offers one free car seat for AAA Members when you use the club’s discount code. If you need more than one, it doesn’t hurt to ask for a break in the fee, which is normally between $10 to $15 dollars per seat. However, you can lug your own on the plane, as most airlines don’t’ charge a fee to check a car seat. Traveling with kids? These tips will save the day—and your sanity.

Extended road trippin’

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You would think the longer you are renting a car, the cheaper it would be but that’s not always the case, according to Lisa Marquardt, travel blogger at TheHotFlashPacker. A recent inquiry Marquardt made through Enterprise confirmed that renting weekly was cheaper than renting the entire four weeks she would need the car. The monthly charge was $591 versus the total of renting four separate weeks at $489, saving her $106.

Pimp my ride

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“Reserving the lowest car class and hoping for a better vehicle at pickup is a common strategy,” says McCool. The early bird gets better wheels in the morning too. “There is less availability as most people haven’t returned the car yet and most rental car companies will give you a free upgrade to a bigger or better car,” says Varma. Don’t get too hopeful though. If you have a car full of people or a lot of baggage, don’t opt for a compact car, hoping to get a mid-size car. Upgrades aren’t always a sure thing. Never leave these items in a rental car or your own car!

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The enticing pay now feature

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When you’re shopping for car rental deals, you’ll often notice a Pay Now option featuring a lower price for reserving and paying upfront. McCool doesn’t fall for it. “I shop around until finding more flexible rates, which for me, have always been lower.”

Take a pic, it will last longer

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Taking a picture could be just the proof you need to avoid paying for damages that occurred with a previous renter. White learned an expensive lesson while traveling abroad.”After an incident in France where I was left paying damages from a previous driver, I never leave the lot without taking photos of the car inside and out,” says White. Here’s why you should always take pictures of moving truck rentals too.

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Suicide car bomber hits Afghan capital, at least four wounded


MO,2/3/2018, KABUL: A police official said a suicide bomber had struck in the Afghan capital, Kabul, after a loud explosion was heard in an area close to foreign embassies on Friday. Police sirens could be heard in the area but there was no immediate word on any casualties from the blast. Bismillah Tabaan, the police commander of the city’s ninth district where the explosion took place, said the cause of the blast was a suicide bombing but details, including the target, were not yet clear.

Interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the cause of the explosion was a car bomb in the Qabl Bai area of the city. At least four civilians had been wounded, he said. The attack came two days after President Ashraf Ghani offered to start peace talks with the Taliban and just over a month after an explosives-packed ambulance was detonated in the city centre, killing around 100 people.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest blast. Much of the centre of Kabul is already a zone of concrete blast walls, razor wire and police checkpoints but security has been tightened even further in the wake of the Jan. 27 ambulance attack and another attack on the city’s Intercontinental Hotel earlier in the month.

— Reuters

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Senior citizen dies after being hit by car in Labuan

MO,1/3/2018, LABUAN: A senior citizen was killed after he was hit by a car while crossing Jalan OKK Abdullah here. Palahuddin Abdul, 64, suffered severe head injuries in the accident at 6.50pm on Wednesday (Feb 28). He was rushed to Hospital Nukleus Labuan for treatment but succumbed to his injuries at around 1.05am Thursday (March 1).

Labuan deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Mohd Ibrahim Mohd Ghani said the 65-year-old car driver, an oil and gas worker, escaped unscathed. “The driver was heading to Taman Kian Yap from the city when the accident occurred. “He slammed the brakes on his car, but could not avoid the man,” said DSP Mohd Ibrahim.

He urged witnesses to come forward and assist in investigations. He also advised the public to exercise caution and use designated pedestrian walkways when crossing the road.


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Canadian athlete charged with stealing car – South Korean police

PYEONGCHANG: Canadian skier David Duncan was arrested on charges of stealing a car in South Korea, where he was competing at the Winter Olympics, officials and Canadian media said on Saturday.

Duncan’s wife, Maja, and manager, Willy Raine, also were arrested, the Canadian Olympic Committee said. Raine was charged with impaired driving, CBC News and the Canadian Press reported.

The three were released on Saturday but restricted from leaving Canada, CBC reported.

A police official in charge of international crime at Gangwon Provincial Police Agency told Reuters on Saturday that a Canadian athlete, his wife and manager had gotten into a car in Pyeongchang that had been left unlocked and unoccupied with the engine running.

The official, who did not identify the suspects by name, said the manager drove off with the car before it was stopped by police. The manager has been charged with drunken driving, the official said.

Once the investigation is complete the results will be sent to the prosecution, the official said, adding that unless the alleged offence was deemed a serious crime, they would be able to leave the country after paying a fine.

In a statement on Saturday, Canadian Olympic Committee CEO Chris Overholt said the Korean police had concluded their investigation and that the team members had been released.

“We expect our athletes and team members to conduct themselves responsibly and in keeping with our Canadian and Olympic values,” Overholt said. “We are deeply disappointed in the behaviours of these individuals.”

The Duncans issued a joint statement saying that they were deeply sorry.

“We engaged in behaviour that demonstrated poor judgement and was not up to the standards expected of us as Members of the Canadian Olympic Team or as Canadians,” they said.

Raine said his actions were “inexcusable.”

“Words are not enough to express how sorry I am,” he said in his statement, adding he let his teammates down and that he also wanted to apologise to the owner of the vehicle.

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Things Car Dealers Won’t Tell You About Leasing

You need better credit to lease a car than get a loan

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Though it may sound like it should be the opposite, getting a good deal on a lease generally requires excellent credit, explains Mike Ouyang, marketing lead for auto loans with LendingTree in Charlotte. “Financing is more readily available for those with less than stellar credit.” Find out the 34 secret car buying tips your car dealer won’t tell you.

It may be hard to get a loan

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Most banks, credit unions, and other finance sources don’t offer credit for leases, says Sonia Steinway, co-founder of auto finance start-up Outside Financial in San Diego. “That means the average customer is restricted to using captive financing (like Toyota Financial Services or GM Financial), at whatever rate that lender is willing to provide,” Steinway says. “For customers with great credit who are eligible for sub-vented financing (i.e., subsidized), that’s not a problem, but those with lower credit scores may find they can get much better interest rates on a purchase loan.”

Leasing is cheaper, up front

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Typically, you’ll have a lower monthly payment if you lease versus buy, even for the same car. That means you can usually afford a nicer set of (leased) wheels.

You can trade in for a new model hassle-free

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If you’re the type who likes to upgrade your iPhone the minute a new one comes out, you’ll likely enjoy leasing a car. At the end of your lease, typically three years, you can walk into the dealership, drop off the keys, and pick up a new car that day, without going through the hassle of selling your old one first.

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Someone else will do repairs for you

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Because most leases are for three years, they are almost always still under warranty (most new cars have a three-year warranty). Additionally, “Some leases even include basic maintenance, so your only costs will be insurance and fuel,” reports U.S. News and World Report. Don’t miss these other things your car mechanic won’t ever tell you.

You may have to limit how much you drive

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If you have a long commute to work, frequently drive to clients, or if you’re a weekend traveler, a lease, which puts a cap on yearly mileage, may not be the best fit. “Mileage restrictions are built into nearly all lease contracts,” clarifies Ouyang. “Driving over the agreed limit will lead to steep excess mileage charges.” If you hit the road frequently, buying may be a better option. Here are more ways you’re completely wasting money on your car.

Your side hustle may be an issue

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Thinking about making a bit of extra money using a leased vehicle? Check your contract. “Some contracts don’t allow you to use your leased vehicle for ride-sharing programs such as Lyft or Uber, says Ouyang. “Secondly, any miles you use towards a ride-sharing business means fewer miles for your own personal use.” If you need a car for a side business, consider buying.

A lease is effectively a long-term rental

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“If you own your car, even though it’s a depreciating asset, you’ll likely still have some equity in it, once you’ve paid off your loan,” Ouyang says. “At the end of a lease, however, you may even owe money should you have damaged the vehicle or have excess wear. There’s no cash or value you can use to put towards another car.”

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Know your exit-strategy

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At the end of your lease, you’ll have the option of giving back the car and leasing a new one, or buying it in what’s called a lease buyout, says Ouyang. “To keep the car, you have to pay the residual value or expected worth of the vehicle at the end of your contract,” he says.

Some contracts allow for an early buyout, which allows you to purchase the leased vehicle before the end of the lease contract. Be cautioned that there are sometimes associated fees and, generally, a lease-end buyout is a better deal. With both types of buyouts, you’ll need the funds to do so. “Lease buyout financing is available and the process is similar to a standard auto loan,” Ouyang adds.

In the long run, owning is much cheaper

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When you purchase a car in cash, the car is yours outright. If it is financed, the lender owns the vehicle but only until your loan is paid off. And when you lease a vehicle, the leasing company always owns the car, says Ouyang. “Leasing may save you on monthly payments, but the money you spend isn’t going towards ownership.” With a lease, you will have a monthly car payment. If you own, you could potentially enjoy years without having to make monthly payments. “And, most cars today have significantly improved reliability so you could go for quite some time without worrying about major maintenance or repair costs,” he adds. “So if you have a six-year loan, and keep the car for ten years, that’s four years of no monthly payments, which makes for a potential of thousands in savings.” You’ll want to take note of these maintenance tips that will extend the life of your car.



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Myvi car drivers in fatal crash on DUKE jailed three years, fined RM10,000


MO,21/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Two motorists charged with reckless driving that resulted in the death of three family members on the Duta-Ulu Klang Expressway (DUKE) three years ago were found guilty of the offence and sentenced to three years’ jail and fined RM10,000 each by the magistrate’s court here today. Magistrate Zilfinaz Abbas handed down the sentence on restaurant supervisor Siti Noor Aini Mohd Said, 39, and self-employed Mohammad Fizal Reza Jamauddin, 34, after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubts against the prosecution’s case.

In the judgment, Zilfinaz said the testimony by both the accused in their defence was not consistent and merely a denial. Both the accused are ordered to be imprisoned for two years if they failed to pay the fine, and they also lost their eligibility to hold a driving licence for five years. The court, however, allowed a stay of the sentence pending their appeal at the High Court, and increased their bail from RM9,000 to RM14,000 each and for them to also report themselves at the nearest police station once a month pending disposal of the case.

On May 8, 2015, Mohammad Fizal Reza and Siti Noor Aini pleaded not guilty to the charge of reckless driving at Km6, Duta-Ulu Klang expressway (Duke) while driving their Myvi cars towards Jalan Duta from Ulu Klang, between 12.31 am and 12.35 am on May 2, 2015.

Their reckless driving resulted in a crash with a vehicle which Fairuz Nizam Husain, 35, his wife Nova Safitri Azhari, 27, and their six-month old baby Nur Firuza Annisa were in. They were charged under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act 1987, which provides an imprisonment for up to 10 years and fine of up to RM20,000, upon conviction. — Bernama

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Things Your Car Says About Your Personality

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This Driver Stopped to Help Some Ducks and Caused a Fatal Car Crash | Reader’s Digest

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Noma Bar for Reader’s Digest Emma Czornobaj was driving down a busy four-lane highway 
near Montreal late in the day on 
June 27, 2010, when she spotted 
several ducklings wandering helplessly along the concrete median. She quickly stopped her Honda Civic in the left lane, near the ducks. Witnesses claimed that, without turning on her hazard […]

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Clone car syndicates behind torching of RTD vehicles?


MO,7/2/2018, NIBONG TEBAL: The Road Transport Department (RTD) is not ruling out the possibility that the torching of five vehicles, including three belonging to the department yesterday, could be the work of clone car syndicates. RTD deputy director-general (operation) Datuk Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman said this was because the other two cars which also went up in flames were cloned cars, seized by the department recently.

He said the two cloned Volvos were seized by the department on Dec 18 last year and Jan 30 this year. “There is a possibility that this may be the work of clone car syndicates, going by the vehicles seized,” he told a press conference at the department’s Valdor enforcement station today.

He was here to lead the Ops Tanjung operation against heavy vehicles. Wan Ahmad said, as enforcement agencies, they were used to being threatened. “We will not be unfazed by the latest attack.

“However, we will leave it to the police to investigate the incident,” he added. Five vehicles, including three belonging to the department, were torched at its premises in Kuala Kangsar yesterday, in what is believed to be an arson attack. Meanwhile, Wan Ahmad said they had formed a security unit at the headquarters and state level to beef up security within the premises.

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Man remanded for attempting to set fire to lorry which grazed his car


MO,5/2/2018, JEMPOL: A man, angered over a lorry grazing his car, attempted to set fire to the lorry at Jalan Tembangau-Bahau here yesterday. Jempol police chief Superintendent Muhd Nur Hishamuddin Hashim said the incident happened around 10am when the 36-year-old man was driving his Proton Satria on his way home in Felda Tembangau.

Along the way, a lorry from the opposite direction went to close to the suspect’s vehicle causing it to slip off the road. “The suspect then chased the lorry for about 10 kilometres, near a farm in Pelanting Jernih, Ayer Hitam, and scolded the 22-year-old lorry driver who was also a security guard,” he said.

Hishamuddin said the lorry driver was also attacked with an iron rod. “Fearing for his life the victim ran and left his vehicle at the side of the road. After 10 minutes, the suspect went back with a parang and a bottle filled with petrol,” Hishamuddin said.

According to Hishamuddin, the suspect wanted to burn the lorry before fleeing the scene. “We received a report made by the victim at the Ayer Hitam Police Station. The suspect was caught in his house on the same day at 4 pm,” he said. The suspect was remanded for four days until Wednesday. The case was being investigated for causing mischief by fire.


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