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Old Sep 17th 2017, 7:53 pm
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Call your local Enterprise/Hertz and ask about deals for monthly rentals.
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Old Sep 17th 2017, 10:44 pm
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When I moved to the USA (California) I used Enterprise for my various rentals, until I bought a car, I used to get a mid range car, Altima, Accord, etc for anywhere between $30 to $40 a day all in, that was on a UK licence, and I considered that pretty good, Enterprise have some good weekend deal rates as well, 3 days for 2 etc, I would happily recommend them.
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Also try:

www.autoslash.com
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Old Sep 18th 2017, 12:59 am
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Originally Posted by dj6372 View Post
When I moved to the USA (California) I used Enterprise for my various rentals, until I bought a car, I used to get a mid range car, Altima, Accord, etc for anywhere between $30 to $40 a day all in, that was on a UK licence, and I considered that pretty good, Enterprise have some good weekend deal rates as well, 3 days for 2 etc, I would happily recommend them.
I like enterprise, they are good in the UK too. $30 to $40 a day sounds like what I'm used to, similar in the UK too. I guess the reason for this post originally is that just doesn't seem possible in NYC city, it's 3 or 4 times that, which certainly makes you think twice about grabbing a car to head out exploring for the weekend...
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Call your local Enterprise/Hertz and ask about deals for monthly rentals.
He lives and works in NYC, why would he want a monthly rental?
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..... Looks like once you get out of the city the prices do drop off dramatically, although still looked like $80 p/d for short term rentals, just out of town in NJ city. Perhaps drops to $40 a bit further out, I'll have to look into what's easy to get to by train.
I'd go to White Plains or somewhere in Westchester Co to pick up a car, if heading to Upstate NY, or New England, or as someone else said, NJ for points west or south.
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I have recently been looking for car rentals in AZ and found that the airport rentals are much cheaper than the off airport rentals for some reason. I have been using rentalcars.com to look for bookings.

Most credit cards only provide secondary insurance. I think Amex does primary cover for $24.99. You need to ask to activate this cover. Also no credit card will cover you for lost rental expenses as far as I know.
This article explains the difference and option available using your credit card for insurance. If you do not have primary insurance, the secondary insurer then becomes the primary.

http://www.creditcards.com/credit-ca...rance-1273.php

If you don't mind used cars, you could try https://turo.com/ . This is generally a much cheaper option

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Old Sep 19th 2017, 4:15 pm
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A lot of rental offices in NYC have closed recently (my favourite Hertz location on E40th was replaced with a high rise) so there's supply and demand at play - especially holiday weekends.

We were getting reasonably good deals ($60ish) a day by using promo codes, but at the weekends had to resort to Zipcar but their daily rate includes gas and some insurance. Chase has some credit cards that include Primary rental coverage which saves some money.

I recommend trying Hertz at North White Plains. It's opposite the train station and its a great location for getting on either 287 or i-95. You also save time sat in traffic getting out of the city.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
He lives and works in NYC, why would he want a monthly rental?
I assumed he was looking for a car to fill the gap before purchasing one ! Whoops!
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Default Re: So expensive to rent a car

On a similar-but-different note, does anyone's US car insurance cover them driving a car overseas?

Ours covers us for hire cars in the US and Canada but not further afield and when we need to get one when we visit the UK the insurance kills us...
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Mine covers US,Canada and limited in Mexico. My credit card insurance covers me overseas. Also my umbrella is a worldwide policy
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Old Sep 21st 2017, 8:46 pm
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Originally Posted by mrken30 View Post
Mine covers US,Canada and limited in Mexico. My credit card insurance covers me overseas. Also my umbrella is a worldwide policy
The insurance provided with some credit cards can be a real money saver. However, you need to check the terms carefully. Coverage is limited and may leave you with more exposure that you're comfortable with. It may exclude certain countries, certain types of vehicle, number and age of drivers etc. And it may only cover X days per year. The conditions can change over time. I usually call a few days before departure to confirm that my planned rental is is going to be covered!

Amex has one of the more comprehensive offerings but they also offer a premium service too. It seems to me that it could be quite attractive for SOME folks:

https://feeservices.americanexpress....verage/home.do
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This is a useful article regarding credit card insurance. Of course you should always double check the coverage before you leave.

https://www.creditcards.com/credit-c...erage-1273.php

What's strange is that Ireland is excluded from 99% , if not all cards.
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The insurance provided with some credit cards can be a real money saver. However, you need to check the terms carefully. Coverage is limited and may leave you with more exposure that you're comfortable with. It may exclude certain countries, .....
Yes checking which countries are covered is critical - IIRC US-issued Visa cards cover the UK, but not Ireland.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
Yes checking which countries are covered is critical - IIRC US-issued Visa cards cover the UK, but not Ireland.
Yep. I've seen minivans and SUV's excluded as well as luxury/sports cars.

You really, really have to check out the whole package. IMO, it's worth the effort because the savings can be considerable.
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