What To Do If Your Rental Car Breaks Down

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Getting a breakdown in your car definitely sucks. A breakdown in a rental car can be a nightmare.

First things first. Safely pull over and turn on your flashers. Try to determine the source of the issue—is it simple, like a dead battery or an empty gas tank, or is it complex, like an oil leak or squeaky brakes?

This guide will walk you through how to deal with rental car breakdowns.

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Best Road Trips from Las Vegas

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While many travelers head to Vegas for the bright lights and excitement of the Strip, the mega-entertainment destination is also a popular launchpad for road trips that explore the iconic national parks in the desert Southwest.

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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.

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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.

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The Best Credit Cards with No Annual Fee

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Nowadays, there are a number of credit cards that offer no annual fee, which means more money for groceries, bills, rental cars, travel, and other expenses. Still, doing a little research first before applying for a new card is always wise. Not having to pay a potentially hefty fee each year is great, of course, but some credit cards still offer much better value than others.

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