Car rental booking sites are very popular, as they allow you to compare car rental rates of several companies at once. This gives you the chance to see at a glance, which company gives the best price for the city, dates, times and vehicle that you’re looking for.
What is a Car Rental Booking Site?
A booking site allows it’s users to book one, several or all components of their trip in one place. You can look at booking different elements of your trip seperately, or as part of a package.
Most booking sites or booking engines feature the ability to book airline tickets, hotel rooms, car rental, cruises, rail travel, etc. from a variety of travel partners.
A booking site will usually give a “best price” or “lowest price” guarantee. If you find a cheaper rate other than the one that you have booked on a booking engine, they will either match the rate or refund you the difference. One thing to keep in mind with these guarantees is that if you find a cheaper rate, that rate must be one that is available to the general public.
For example, if you booked a car with Budget on Expedia, let’s say, and then you went to the Budget website and found a cheaper rate using a car rental discount code that you had from your auto club membership, Expedia would not match that price.
Because you used a discount code, and you must be a member of that auto club to get that code, it would be determined that that price was not available to the general public. The price guarantee would also not be offered on corporate discounted rates or prices available by using a rewards program or coupon.
As with any program, when you are renting a car through a car rental booking site, always read the terms and conditions.
Some sites will give much cheaper rates when you pay for the car in advance. If the booking site requires your credit card number to book the reservation, it is usually a prepaid booking, that is charged upfront.
Make sure to always check the terms and conditions on a prepaid car rental, often there are restrictions on modifying or cancelling your reservation.
Using car rental booking sites can allow you to reserve a car and (especially if it's not a prepaid rental) know that you at least have a car confirmed. You can then, if you want, spend more time researching individual companies for a better price.
If you find a cheaper rate, book it and then go back and cancel the reservation that you made on the booking site.
Always check the terms and conditions of rental (age, credit card requirements, et).... you don't want any surprises at the rental counter!
Make sure when you are checking prices with a booking site, to check to see what (if any) car rental fees and surcharges are included. You will also want to find out the fees associated with any optional extras that you may want or need (insurance, car seats, additional drivers, underage fees, etc.)
Using booking sites to rent your car is just one of many options.You can book through car rental company websites directly, or call their toll free car rental phone numbers.
You can also choose to book through a travel agent , it's your choice!