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Ultimate Guide to Cheap Long-Term Car Rentals

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Need a rental car for more than a month? Easier--and pricier--said than done. While a rental car company may quote you thousands to rent for a few months, you may find that your personal car insurance won't cover you.

But fear not. Our handy guide will help you find both the car--and affordable insurance--you need.

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When to Consider Picking Up an Unwanted Car Lease

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Thinking of renting a car for a few months? It might be best to avoid rentals altogether and pick up a car lease from someone who is trying to unload theirs. LeaseTrader and Swap-a-Lease are online marketplaces designed to connect people looking for a car lease with those wanting to get out of one. Think of them as for car leases. Both services feature listings with many months left on a lease, but you can find short-term deals, too.

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Snag a Long-Term Car Rental Steal with Canvas

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Looking for a rental car for a month or more? Consider Canvas, a relatively new startup that is showing a lot of promise. This is a terrific option if you need a car for six months or longer, due to its sliding-scale subscription model that rewards making a long-term commitment.

Canvas is a new company backed by Ford that offers easy online car rentals on a monthly basis. The company purchases Ford vehicles that are coming to the end of a lease. Then it bundles the car with insurance, maintenance coverage, and roadside assistance for an all-inclusive monthly subscription model that appeals to folks looking for long-term rentals.

So far, Canvas is only available in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, but the company is ramping up quickly and will be coming to more markets soon.

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Find a Long-Term Car Rental with Turo

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Need to rent a car for a month or longer? Consider Turo, a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace that's been likened to an AirBnB for cars. With over 170,000 car listings on Turo, this is a well-established marketplace, not a flash-in-the-pan startup. If you're 21 or older and want to rent a car in the U.S., Canada or Germany, you can use Turo to find car owners willing to rent out their vehicles for as little as a day or to up to a year.

The upsides are impressive. Many people like Turo's non-corporate vibe, where the rental experience feels more like borrowing a car from a friend than renting from a big company. Contracts have a lot less fine print than you get with a traditional rental car company.

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Finding Long-Term Car Rental Deals at the Major Agencies

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Need a car for a month or longer? The good news is that most major rental car companies are more than happy to rent you a vehicle for several months at a time. The bad news? It can be expensive. While most rental companies offer discounted long-term rates and may even include discounted insurance packages, the overall price will likely still be high.

On the positive side, a long-term rental from an agency will be straightforward and relatively risk-free. There will likely be a good selection of well-maintained vehicles. You'll be provided lots of options for add-ons like car insurance and roadside assistance, and you'll have access to 24/7 customer support.

The downsides are that your contract will contain lots of fine print and perhaps a few gotcha charges. Renting from a rental car company also may not be the least expensive option if you opt for insurance and roadside assistance.

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