Now here’s a little trick you may not know about: you can actually rent cars directly from car dealerships. Here’s how it works…
Toyota, Ford, and Lincoln Mercury actually have dealerships around the country where you can rent a car right off the lot.
You can rent the latest model or your favorite type and if you really like that specific car, you can even buy it later.
The most useful benefit of doing it this way is that if you’re really attached to a specific model, there’s usually more availability at a car dealership than at a car rental agency.
But compare that to traditional car rental companies, which can’t guarantee they’ll have your specific make, model or even size by the time you get to the counter.
And since these dealers want your business, you can often get perks like unlimited mileage and free 24-hour roadside assistance.
But the biggest drawback is that their prices are at least $30 a day, and there’s no way to beat the advertised prices through resources like Priceline.
And insurance, as always, will cost extra.
For more, check out our Driving & Car Rental section.
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