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Choose Your Travel Perks with Marathon's MakeItCount Loyalty Program

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Marathon Gas Stations recently rolled out its MakeItCount loyalty program, which is a snap to join and offers you the choice of earning Marathon's CentsOff fuel points, Southwest Rapid Rewards miles, La Quinta Returns hotel reward points or the Sustain Tree Planning Sustainability Program.

At the end of every car rental, there's always one stop right before return. You should always be thinking of how to minimize the cost of your fuel, since prepaying for a tank of fuel is never a good deal for the renter, and returning with less than a full tank is an even worse decision.

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AutoSlash's Cheap One-Way Car Rental Guide

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There are times when you may need a one-way car rental, where you rent a vehicle at one location and return it at another. Although once uncommon, almost all rental car companies now offer one-way rentals. In fact, about 13 percent of all AutoSlash rentals are booked as one-ways.

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Resolve Car Rental Damage Claims on the Spot with Hertz

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Return your rental car with a chipped windshield, fender ding or paint scratch? Here's what's to expect: The rental company will file some form of "Vehicle Incident" or "Condition Change" report when you return the car. Then you leave the rental car location and wait while the rental company assesses how much to charge you—and it will always be much more than just the cost of repair.

But Hertz offers a kinder, gentler solution. When there's minimal damage to a rental vehicle at Hertz, there's frequently an option to quickly resolve the claim at the time of return. A member of the AutoSlash team recently ran over a piece of metal debris on a highway and was able to resolve the issue of a damaged tire for just $40. Try purchasing a tire and having it installed at a local tire shop for 40 bucks.

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When a Rental Car Company Does a Driver Record Check

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Every rental car company maintains a Do Not Rent list. Landing on that list essentially gets you blackballed from renting from that company. Usually, a renter ends up on a Do Not Rent list after an incident with a rental car, but it can also happen due to a poor driver history in other cars, and the subsequent exclusion may be permanent or temporary.

You'll be asked for your driver's license at the start of the car rental process, primarily for identity verification and ensuring that your license is in good standing. But many rental car companies will also run a driver record check.

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Ultimate Guide to Renting a Car for the First Time

First Time Renting A Car? Explore Your Freedom!

Renting a car for the first time can be simultaneously exciting and scary. A car rental opens up a world of possibilities when you travel, but there are some pitfalls you want to avoid. We're here to make sure you feel that sense of adventure without the downside.

For starters, know that simply booking a car reservation is usually a low-risk proposition more akin to booking a hotel room than booking an airline ticket. There are two kinds of rates: Those you pay when you pick up the car and prepaid rates. The first time you rent a car, you will probably feel more comfortable booking a Pay Later rate, which will have no cancellation penalty in case you need to change your plans.

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