New reasons travelers are rethinking their rental cars now

If you’re planning a vacation, then renting a car may be as automatic as making hotel or restaurant reservations. Or not.

New ground transportation options are blossoming in the sharing and hailing economies. A recent Bank of America review of its card users found that people are thinking differently about how they get around. Read more “New reasons travelers are rethinking their rental cars now”

Why doesn’t every car rental start like this?

If you’ve ever rented from a car sharing company, then you probably know that it’s almost nothing like a traditional car rental experience.

Case in point: Turo. You meet your host at a predetermined location, and the pre-rental ritual is a lot different from the one you may be used to with a traditional car rental company.

Different, as in better. Read more “Why doesn’t every car rental start like this?”

Don’t get broadsided by tolls when you rent a car. Here’s what you need to know

When he crossed the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge in Northern California, James Kaiser expected Avis to bill him for the $5 toll. It did, then it added a convenience fee — of $19.75.
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What do you really want from a rental car?

Coming soon to a rental car near you: apps that let you make voice-activated reservations, programs that track the health of your vehicle, and wireless hotspots.
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How to avoid a long wait at the car rental counter

If you rent a car this summer, don’t forget to pack your patience.
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