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Car Rental rates and hidden fees

Muskego, Wisconsin
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Car Rental rates and hidden fees

We used AutoSlash.com and paid around $312 for 9 days for a Crown Vic. Thrifty even told us to return the car with an empty tank as their gas was $.20 cheaper than at the gas stations. So it was $392 but I'm not sure if this was the going rate. Didn't check the hawaii discount car rental website either. All the fees they add on makes the "deal" you get seem not as good! Try to get an accurate estimate on the actual total including the fees. To be quoted $175 for the rental, it sounds like it won't be so much.

ON, Canada
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Did Auto Slash actually quote $175, because when I look at their website, they give total prices with taxes/fees included? Did you compare the rate they offered with Thrifty's site (I had a look at both sites for a week this May and Thrifty's site was less expensive than Auto Slash).

We always opt out of the "bring the car back empty" option because it's one of those things that doesn't appear like it would work in our favour. (Hard to bring back a car with a completely empty tank ... so if you have a couple of gallons left in it, that $.20/gal savings doesn't mean much.)

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The rental car company's "suggestion" to bring the car back empty is one of the industry's biggest money makers. It is a HUGE advantage for the rental company.

You spend a good portion of your trip checking out the gas gauge....should you fill up before your next adventure??? or maybe not ...trying to keep it near empty.Crazy..

You bring it back full...none of that is an issue.

However , many a weary traveller standing before the rental desk upon arrival continue to fall victim to the agent's various commission based money maker ploys.

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When I took possession of our car at Thrifty 3 weeks ago, their price for filling the car was 4.22/gal. I knew that gas prices were over 4.40 a gal. so I took their offer. It's a non-factor for me to bring the car back empty. It's the last week we'll have it when I start checking the gas gauge.

Muskego, Wisconsin
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When we got to thrifty they couldn't find the reservation I had under my name for the quoted price, but they found one under my husbands name for $15 day cheaper however the final price was the same as autoslash quoted under my name. You would've thought saving $15 per day would've made it cheaper but it didn't. Gas is $4.49/gal so I don't think $80 for gas was getting ripped off filling a full size car.

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It is ridiculously easy to fill up on the way back to OGG. Stations both side of Dairy Rd, all charging a similar price. I think it took four minutes? At 20c/gallon savings you'd need less than 2/3 of a gallon less to break even, anything else is pure profit for the car rental company. And there is no transparency in how much they actually put in. I wouldn't doubt if they charged you the rated capacity if the tank (if so, then you lose every time).

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