Don’t Let a Car Rental Scam Spoil Your Late Summer Getaway

by Jim Thompson | Last Updated: October 7, 2023

With summer drawing to a close and the kids about to head back to school, you may want to pull off one last fling before life gets back to “normal.” Maybe you found some extra hotel points or frequent flyer miles lying around or you stumbled across a cheap last-minute fare online and you are excited at the prospect of an impromptu adventure. Don’t let that excitement and those savings get taken away by a bad car rental experience.

It Can Get a Little Sleazy out There

One would think that renting a car was a fairly straightforward proposition. All you are doing is borrowing a car for a set amount of time for a daily fee and, since all the companies have basically the same cars, this competition should make prices between the companies competitive, right? Oh, how I miss those innocent days before I’d ever rented a car.

Car rental companies have found numerous ingenious ways to separate customers from their money. They probably have to charge so much to cover the scores of attorneys who have written the fine print in the rental agreements ensuring that, while certainly not ethical, what they are doing is at least marginally legal. A particular rental company has earned some negative national press for its practices. Here are a few ways to keep yourself from getting sucked into the rental agency’s money vacuum.

A little time spent researching online will save you a lot of time, money and frustration at the rental counter. Use those last-minute summer dollars to make a memory other than kicking yourself for paying too much for a rental car.