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Driving from Rapid City to Salt Lake City

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Driving from Rapid City to Salt Lake City

Any suggestions for the most economical car rentals, where we can pick up the car in one destination and drop it in another. Should I expect to pay drop-off fees?


Pitman, New Jersey
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1. Re: Driving from Rapid City to Salt Lake City

You can really do this just about anywhere; however, be prepared to pay drop off fees, which are very steep. I have never done this due to these fees, but I have read that sometimes people have avoided them. It can be difficult, however. I think if you rent and drop off at a different airports, the fees are unavoidable. It may help to rent from a company located off airport and drop off somewhere in SLC other than the airport.

I believe Peachbelle has done this, and she posts regularly on here. She might have a suggestion for you. I can tell you that Rapid typically does have higher priced car rentals at the airport than some larger airports. I am going to guess that rentals at SLC airport would be cheaper.

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2. Re: Driving from Rapid City to Salt Lake City

Yes it can be very expensive. I would check picking up in Rapid City and dropping off in SLC and vice versa. A good place to check car rental rates for all major companies is at www.carrentals.com. You might also check with your insurance company, AAA, Costco, Sam's, etc and see if they have discounts.

I just did a one way rental flying into Denver and out of Albuquerque and got a good rate thru my insurance company. I did make my reservations in May for our trip in September. The closer to the time the rates tripled in price.

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