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Today I am going to share the mystery and secrets of car hire in the USA so you can do the same!
Whilst Disney provides free transport within the World, once you want to go outside the WDW boundary you pretty much need a car to get anywhere. Inside WDW I like the car so as not to waste time with slow buses, long queues and changes with boats, monorail and buses.
Let's use my upcoming trip so see how it works.
- 11 days
- pick up at Downtown Disney, drop off at Orlando Airport
- Mid-sized category - "Toyota Corolla" (although last year I scored that red VW Jetta in this category)
Now Orlando Airport is the largest car rental location in the world - averaging 5,500 cars per day! Every company, offering every type of car is there - and they also offer every range of pricing.
Here is my first look through some of the major companies
|* US resident and "pay at counter" rate|
Let's keep looking at Alamo - except this time through the travel wholesavers:
|Again - the same car - same pick up office - same dates - Expedia double the price of Traveljigsaw|
I know precious little about how it works, but here is what I do know:
- Car rental companies operate like two separate businesses - there is the car rental part, and there is the insurance part.
- Unlike Australia, in the US, residents' comprehensive car insurance can cover rental cars. So car rental companies allow you to rent a car without buying any insurance.
- I'm freaked out by the idea of crashing a car or hitting something when in the US, so I want insurance.
- US Car rental insurance doesn't have the concept of "excess". So the "car excess insurance" offered in Australian travel insurance and on my credit card is useless.
- If you book your car online in advance you can access a WAY better deal on the insurance, and so NEVER turn up at the counter without having organised the insurance before hand. You will always pay the most expensive rate of insurance if organised in the moment at the counter. (e.g. that Alamo rate of $1,248 up there).
icarhireinsurance can sell you all inclusive car rental insurance for almost anywhere in the world. For the USA they charge a flat rate of around $10/day - which is far lower than the $25/day charged at the rental company counter.
|Based in the UK and will sell to anyone for car hire almost anywhere.|
And who likes standing at a rental counter feeling pressured to buy strange insurance products - you'll have the peace of mind to know you are already covered.
For me - Traveljigsaw.com.au has offered the best deal for a major rental supplier. It's about as close as I can get to cheapest rental car rate going for Alamo. I don't have to hope for a last minute deal and I have all the insurance products included in the booking.
It is easy to part with a lot of money for your rental car hire. Do a bit of online research save yourself hundreds!