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Cheapest way to rent a car, prebook UK or in US?

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Cheapest way to rent a car, prebook UK or in US?

Which is the cheapest way to rent a car?

I've had quotes from Avis of £98 ( approx $152 ) for 3 days in Dec, collecting from the Bellagio site. Just wondered if I would get a better rate as a "walk in" while in Vegas?

Anyone had any luck getting a good deal on a car?

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1. Re: Cheapest way to rent a car, prebook UK or in US?

Always prebook in the UK before you travel to ensure you have all the necessary insurance cover.

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2. Re: Cheapest way to rent a car, prebook UK or in US?

Yes I agree with Tom, always book in the UK.

liverpool
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Book from a uk site i would expect to pay no more than £20 a day

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Always from the UK. I work with major car rental suppliers and can get offers but still need to book in advance for correct insurance and to get decent prices - we tend to use holidayautos.co.uk. as a jump-off point Never, ever, ever book direct with the supplier (EG Avis) You'll get a rack rate which, as you've seen, is very expensive.

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aidymum

Dont be tempted to walk in without a reservation. By the time you have taken all the extra insurances etc and had taxes added on it will make for a very expensive rental.

As you only want the car for 3 days you might have to pay more than £20 a day. If you were renting for a week then £20 a day is a good figure to aim for ( depending on which size car you book)

Booking direct with the rental companies sites is not always more expensive. I got a very good deal direct with Hertz for 11 days (25th Oct to 5th November) for a Toyota Camry for approx £21 a day.

Good Luck

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Try the comparison site www.carrentals.co.uk which will throw up a large range of suppliers for your selected dates and location.

It will give you an accurate indication of the range of rates.

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I generally use Carhire3000 or Netflights.co.uk for car hire to get the best prices.

Both are also on Quidco or Topcashback so you get cashback on your booking.

I've just booked a small car for 7 days for £135 with tank of fuel and additional driver, plus obviously, all the relevant insurances.

I've compared it to what we'd pay in taxi's and there's no comparison for us as we like to explore all over Vegas and beyond. Plus I can drop hubby off at a casino whilst I go shopping.

We also travel to casinos not on the strip or downtown like M Resort or Sam's Town and Red Rock.

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Right, hang on a second here!

If you book directly with the rental company you will be getting the correct insurance cover. Not only just because you will but also because you'll (no doubt) check with the person you book with.

Ruling out a walk-in which should just be avoided for multiple reasons (possible high prices, possible lack of vehicles, definite taking up extra time during your holiday) then I suggest you get quotes from all parties and go with the cheapest. Obviously only after ensuring that everything is included that you require to be legal.

I really think it's as simple as that.

My experience is for longer rentals booking in the UK has proven cheaper and for shorter rentals going direct is. Using a UK third-party is also always the way to go for one-way rentals as you will not (even though you shouldn't anyway) be charged a one-way fee. But that doesn't come into play here.

Another consideration is you will pay up-front with a UK company and (usually) locally with the rental company. Maybe this isn't of concern to you but is worth mentioning.

Avis (as I've discovered myself in the last few days) is one of the biggest and best rental companies in the US. But they are also one of the more expensive. If your main aim is to get the cheapest possible deal then look at cheaper companies, like Dollar.

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carhiremarket.com shows what insurances on main page which is handy to see what you get in the blink of an eye . carrentals.co.uk has decent prices too . airports often return cheapest rates rather than town locations so try a couple of quotes !

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I've been looking at Avis for our car hire, purely because they took over the rental desk at MGM Grand, and the rates are much higher than we paid when Dollar had the desk. It'll be about £40 a day for us by the look of things.

Are there rental companies that will deliver the car to your hotel and pick it up when you're done with it? We'll be staying at MGM Signature.

Ta.