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Car rental deals for Bozeman for March 2013

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If renting a vehicle in Bozeman, Hotwire has deals for late March as of Dec. 20.  Midsize SUV for $25/day, standard SUV for $30/day, and full-size SUV for $57/day.

 

For my Feb 2012 trip, I took advantage of a major deal from Budget announced in early Jan.  $250/week for a standard SUV.

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Thanks for the heads up. Beer or wine on me at Big Sky.
 

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Through my local AAA chapter, I was able to book a RAV4 - allegedly the AWD one - @ $260 all in for 8 days, from Hertz. Seemed like a reasonable deal. Note that I have not taken this route before and it may turn out to be a bust in some way that I have not foreseen, so, as always, YMMV.
 

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If renting a vehicle in Bozeman, Hotwire has deals for late March as of Dec. 20.  Midsize SUV for $25/day, standard SUV for $30/day, and full-size SUV for $57/day.

 

Are the SUV's guaranteed to be 4wd? Not seeing that mentioned in the features?

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If renting a vehicle in Bozeman, Hotwire has deals for late March as of Dec. 20.  Midsize SUV for $25/day, standard SUV for $30/day, and full-size SUV for $57/day.

 

Are the SUV's guaranteed to be 4wd? Not seeing that mentioned in the features?

 

In my admittedly limited experience with rental cars, nothing is ever really guaranteed. You get to the counter and if you're lucky you get a clerk who makes a good faith attempt to match your "reservation" (which, I suspect, is more like a "request," if you were to read the fine print) with a vehicle they actually have on the lot. If you're not lucky (as I was not, one time in SLC) they explain, as though you had the I.Q. of a salamander, with voice and body language that are surly-verging-on-threatening, that they don't have any SUVs and are giving you a "free upgrade" to a Buick LeSabre or something. frown.gif  If others who are more frequent travelers know better how to "lock in" a car with specific attributes, in a way that has real teeth with the people on the business end of the transaction, by all means bring it on.

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You get to the counter and if you're lucky you get a clerk who makes a good faith attempt to match your "reservation" (which, I suspect, is more like a "request," if you were to read the fine print) with a vehicle they actually have on the lot. If you're not lucky (as I was not, one time in SLC) they explain, as though you had the I.Q. of a salamander, with voice and body language that are surly-verging-on-threatening, that they don't have any SUVs and are giving you a "free upgrade" to a Buick LeSabre or something. frown.gif

 

Hah!. You must have had the same rental car "agent" that Garyskr encountered in SLC.

 

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If others who are more frequent travelers know better how to "lock in" a car with specific attributes, in a way that has real teeth with the people on the business end of the transaction, by all means bring it on.

 

So it's not an agreement, more of a general suggestion.

 

I don't rent SUVs much. In the rare times I have, by being friendly with the folks assigning the cars in the lots, that got me a 4wd. Works well if the employee skis/boards and you act, talk and dress like a hard-core but not rich skier.

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While I look at Hotwire for prices, I usually don't go that route for the actual reservation.  I prefer to have something that I can cancel or change if needed.  Even if I use Hotwire, I call the local rental desk beforehand to see what they have to say about SUV, AWD, ski rack, and so on.  If the local desk is not willing to commit to anything, then I keep looking.  My experience in recent years for ski trips was in Reno, SLC, Bozeman.  Ended up with a SUV each time, which were all AWD.  Seems like I heard on one phone call that during ski season, AWD was standard for an SUV.  Ski racks are usually "if available."  I've never bothered to get one, but ask to see how tuned in the place is to skiers.

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If renting a vehicle in Bozeman, Hotwire has deals for late March as of Dec. 20.  Midsize SUV for $25/day, standard SUV for $30/day, and full-size SUV for $57/day.

 

Are the SUV's guaranteed to be 4wd? Not seeing that mentioned in the features?

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Posted in another Gathering thread on Feb. 12, 2013

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If you have flights locked in (so dates are set) and you're willing to pay in advance, Hotwire is damn cheap for rental cars/SUVs in Bozeman for the week.
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I was in Bozeman in early January.  Rented "compact SUV" through Hotwire and got Hertz.  I was expecting a Toyota RAV4 at best.  When I got to the desk, clerk said they had an excess of Toyota 4-runners and asked if I wanted one of those, no extra charge.  More room, transfer case, etc. 

It seems corporate overestimated and Bozeman got a lot of 4WD cars.  They had probably 20 in the lot when I drove away.

My experience.

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