A Quick Primer on Car Rental Insurance

You've probably been there before. You're standing at the car rental counter, and the agent is trying to terrify you into purchasing an insurance package that totals more than the rental itself. After all, they're not getting rich off that super $10 a day deal that you snagged through AutoSlash!

Before you dismiss the pitch with a wave though, and initial eight times in the 'DECLINE' section of rental agreement, there are some things you probably should consider to ensure sure you're adequately protected in the event of an accident. Here's a quick guide to covering your bases when renting in the US (policies outside the US vary greatly).

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Beware of Local Resident Restrictions at Airport Locations

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If you're looking for a car in your own backyard--maybe to drive while your car is getting fixed or something bigger with extra room for houseguests--it often pays to check rates at your local airport, too. Sometimes airport rentals can actually be cheaper than in-town rentals, and airport rental office hours are usually much more flexible than those at your neighborhood branch.

But if you live near an airport that you're renting from--typically within 100 miles or within the same state--make sure you keep reading. It turns out that a number of companies have some extra restrictions for locals renting at airport locations if they're not arriving by plane. Unfortunately, these terms and conditions are often buried in fine print that most people don't read, so in the spirit of full disclosure and making sure you don't have an unwelcome surprise at the rental counter, let's take a look at each company's policies individually:

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Atlanta Airport Car Rental Guide (ATL)


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The Atlanta Airport Consolidated Rental Car Center is located at 2200 Rental Car Center Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30337.

Arriving passengers should pick up their checked luggage at the north or south baggage claim area and follow the overhead signs and hallway placards to the rental car center. Proceed out of the west end of the terminal under the covered walkway. Take the escalator up to the station and board the ATL SkyTrain for the five-minute ride to the rental car center. The wait time between trains during peak times is about three minutes.

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Is Prepaying for your Car Rental Worthwhile?

Car Rental Prepayment Shopping for a rental online can often be a confusing process. Everyone wants a cheap car rental, but one of the choices consumers often face is whether to make a standard reservation where you simply provide your contact information and pay at the rental counter or a prepaid rental in which you pay in full at the time the reservation is made. Is prepayment worthwhile for the average rental? Can you get a better deal this way? Let's take a look at the various options to find out.

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Norwegians Take United for a Ride

A little known Norwegian airline website named Widerøe generated a tremendous amount of buzz and a lot of very happy customers this weekend when word got out that supposed unintentional error in their reservation system was allowing people to book international tickets on United Airlines and its affiliated carriers at incredibly low prices. As sometimes happens, however, things are not always as they seem.

To give you an idea of the types of deals we're talking about, how about $130 round-trip from New York to Milan, Italy? That's not the base fare before tax—that's the total fare including all taxes and fees. Other examples include $280 roundtrip from Los Angeles to Dubai in the UAE, and $298 from Houston to Bombay, India. These are just a small smattering of the incredible deals that lucky travelers scored on Saturday and at least part of Sunday. Unheard of fares were available from across the U.S. to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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