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Rental cars

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Rental cars

If I visit more than one island, will I need to have only one rental car contract or will I have a different contract on each island? What is the best way to find the cheapest and most reliable rental car company?

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1. Re: Rental cars

Different contract for each island, probably even a different company for each island. Discount Hawaii Car Rental and Costco (if you're member) are the two most recommended.


Never pre-pay for a car rental unless you wait until shortly before your trip. If you do use Hotwire or Priceline NYOP, make sure you understand exactly how it works - read all the FAQ's. Continue to look for a better rate. I have our cars booked thru DHCR for our Aug trip, Oahu & Kaua‘i. I'll check with DHCR every month to see if there's a better deal (there always is). I've booked, cancelled and re-booked a car 7 or 8 times. You just need to be persistent as the rates can change daily.

Check all the major rental company websites. You can find discount codes & coupons on sites like fatwallet or retailmenot.


Edited: 29 December 2012, 01:05
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You will need to do your homework to find the cheapest. And yes, you'll need a new contract for each Island ... and may change car rental companies in the process.

Alway reserve in advance - as far as possible. I would not pre-pay until I was literally at their doorstep.

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Last minute car rental prices are extremely high right now.

Book ahead

Bring a copy of your personal car insurance.

Charge the car on a credit car that gives you free car rental insurance.

When booking your hotel or air , check if they have a good package deal for the car.

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4. Re: Rental cars

Just saw the following link via Island Air supplied by SusanM (thanks yet again, Susan!!) and checked it against Costco and DHSCR. The rate right now is $50 cheaper than Costco and DHSCR. I plan to book with all 3 to make sure things don't get more expensive and then keep checking to see if rates go down as it gets closer to our trip-which they've always done every time we've booked car rentals.


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