Weekend survey: Should we limit car rental taxes?

By | January 21st, 2011

If you’ve rented a car recently, you know that the difference between the “base” rate and the final price can be 40 to 50 percent higher. What’s with all the extras? They’re fees, surcharges — and taxes.

The car rental industry wants to limit the taxes a municipality can impose on a rental car, calling it “taxation without representation.” Cities, on the other hand, say they are providing important services for those taxes, like building roads, bridges and the occasional sports stadium.

Question is, should Congress step in and block new taxes? A proposed new bill would do just that. What do you think? Is that correct, or is this a case study of overreaching federalism?

Here’s the survey.

Here are the results.

And a follow-up question: Do you have any stories about having your car rental bill double (or more) because of taxes? Ever tried to do something about it, like complain to the city?

Share your feedback by sending me an email or commenting.

We want your feedback. Your opinion is important to us. Here's how you can share your thoughts:
  • Send us a letter to the editor. We'll publish your most thoughtful missives in our daily newsletter or in an upcoming post.
  • Leave a message on one of our social networks. We have an active Facebook page, a LinkedIn presence and a Twitter account. Every story on this site is posted on those channels. The conversation ranges from completely unmoderated (Twitter) to moderated (Facebook and LinkedIn).
  • Post a question to our help forums or ask our advocates for a hand through our assistance intake form. Please note that our help forum is not a place for debate. It's there primarily to assist readers with a consumer problem.
  • If you have a news tip or want to report an error or omission, you can email the site publisher directly. You may also contact the post's author directly. Contact information is in the author tagline.