Posts by Jonathan

It Can Be Hard to Rent a Car at an Airport if You're Not Flying

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If you're looking for a rental car in your own backyard—maybe your car is getting repaired or you need a roomier ride 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—typically within 100 miles or within the same state—you may encounter extra restrictions if you can't produce a plane ticket. Unfortunately, these terms and conditions are often buried in fine print, so you may have an unwelcome surprise at the rental counter. Let's take a look at how rental car company policies stack up:

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Car Rental Guide

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Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the busiest airport in the world when ranked by passenger traffic. It is located seven miles south of downtown Atlanta.

For such a busy airport, it's remarkably centralized. All passengers are funneled through the same main terminal, regardless of which far-flung concourse at which their plane may have landed. Rental car companies serving the airport are located in a central facility two stops and a five-minute ride from the terminal via ATL's SkyTrain. The facility is located on the other side of I-85 from the airport and is not within walking distance.

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Why You Probably Should Not Prepay for Your Rental Car

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Shopping online for a rental car can often be a confusing process. We all want a cheap car rental, but don't always know how to get the best price. One of the first choices you'll face is whether to make a standard reservation where you simply provide your contact information and pay for the car later, at the rental counter, when you pick up the car. Alternatively, you can opt for a prepaid rental in which you pay in full at the time the reservation is made. Is it a good idea to prepay for a car rental? Or do you get a better deal by paying later?

In most cases, you'll get a better deal by booking a publicly available discounted "Pay Later" rate and then watching for price drops. If you get locked into a prepaid rate, you risk missing out on a better deal.

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A Quick Primer on Car Rental Insurance

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You're standing at the car rental counter, and the agent is trying to terrify you into purchasing an insurance package that costs more than the rental itself. Do you cross your fingers and decline the coverage? Or do you play it safe and pay for insurance that effectively doubles the cost of your rental car?

Here's a quick guide to help you cover your bases confidently when renting in the United States.

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How to Avoid Car Rental Additional Driver Fees

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One often-overlooked extra when renting a car is a fee for additional drivers. Whether you plan on sharing the driving or would like the flexibility for a fellow traveler to get behind the wheel if needed, adding another driver your rental contract can be quite convenient. At $10 per day and up, this charge can add up quickly — unless you find a way to avoid the fee altogether.

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