I've recommended AutoSlash when writing about how to lower the cost of rental cars and how to get a travel refund if the price goes down, but this resource deserves your attention. What you need to know about rental car prices is that they follow a surge pricing model, which means that they are based on supply and demand, so they rise and fall over time.
AutoSlash tracks your car rental price up until you pick up the vehicle. Every time the price falls, you'll get an email asking if you want AutoSlash to change your booking to the lower price.
I recently turned to AutoSlash to reserve a car for an upcoming trip to Florida. I needed to pick up a car at the Fort Myers airport and return it four days later at the Orlando airport. The original price quote for a compact car was $84.33 from Hertz, which I thought was plenty reasonable given the different pick-up and drop-off airport locations. So I booked it.
Within minutes, AutoSlash emailed me with a new quote for $45.59 for an identical vehicle from Alamo. To snag the lower rate, all I had to do was reply "Yes" to the email. That's it.
A few minutes later, I received another email from AutoSlash with confirmation at the new lower rate. So I've chopped $38.74 off the price of this rental car, saving a whopping 46 percent in less than 10 minutes.
Want a great deal with no drama? Try AutoSlash.
Rental Car Price Tracking
You can also use Autoslash to track a car rental you've booked on another site. Just click "track a rental," type in your email address, provide basic details about your reservation, and then sit back and wait. Autoslash will track your reservation for the best rate until you have to pick up your car, notifying you whenever a better price surfaces.
Major US Car Rental Companies
While it may seem like there are a lot of rental car companies out there, the truth is that the industry is fairly consolidated. Most brands are owned by one of four companies. For example:
- Enterprise owns Alamo and National
- Hertz owns Dollar and Thrifty
- Avis owns Budget, Payless and Zipcar
- Advantage owns E-Z Rent-A-Car
To save resources, rental car companies often share help counters and garage space at an airport. Don't be surprised if you pick up your car under one company's banner and return it to another's garage space.
Rental Car Insurance Tips
- 10 Easy Ways to Lower Rental Car Costs
- How to Know if You Really Need Rental Car Insurance
- When it Makes Sense to Buy Insurance from the Rental Car Agency