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The advantage of planning ahead.

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I was just reviewing my trip costs for our up coming trip to ski country during peak weeks.

I reserved a RAV4 from Advantage for 2 weeks for $765 (including taxes/fees.)
I booked this in September.

The same car now is $2,300 for 2 weeks! 
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Rental car prices are even more volatile than airline fares.  They seem to change every few hours.  And good deals sometimes vanish quickly.  I also booked my car last fall, but have modifed that orignal reservation three times as I noticed rate drops.  I am now at $117/week plus taxes and fees for a mid-size car out of Denver airport.  Total for my 3-week rental is $528.
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SMJ isn't the RAV 4 on the recall list? be ready to shift into neutral
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  I'll have to call them!

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SMJ isn't the RAV 4 on the recall list? be ready to shift into neutral
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 Going to be one of the following:

FORD ESCAPE

NISSAN ROGUE

KIA SPORTAGE

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 Going to be one of the following:

FORD ESCAPE

NISSAN ROGUE

KIA SPORTAGE


Kia Sportage

Hertz gave me one a couple of weeks ago at LGA as they'd run out of everything else. I rent a car every week and this was the worst vehicle I've been in in years. Agricultural engine, seats with immediate backache inducing shape and texture, suspension yo-yo'd everywhere, complete lack of directional stability, it went on, and on, and on, and on.

I'd rather have a 'Yota screaming madly about than a standard Sportage.

Rogue's primary talent is that it's a real yawner to drive (like being on a Recon), depand an Escape for your troubles.

Oh, and sometimes prices go (way) down as you get closer - all depends.
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And then there is the advantage of taking a chance and deliberately corrupting plans.

I've been known to reserve the cheapest econobox possible, which are often the first ones to go simply because they're cheap. Then I dawdle on my way to the rental car counter and take what they have left. This choice generally gets poorer gas mileage, but is often a much nicer vehicle for the price of the econobox that I reserved. Last summer, I ended up with a Saturn Outlook (same as a GMC Acadia or Chevrolet Traverse) for the price of something like a Toyota Yaris. I didn't exactly need the AWD in Michigan in July, but the gas mileage was just fine compared to my 3/4 ton Silverado. My father and his lady companion quite enjoyed the roomy leather back seat while we meandered around the northern lower peninsula.

Of course, there's no guarantee you'll get something with AWD, but the rental price for SUVs tends to be high, so they're often left over. On a previous occasion in Spokane, my crackerbox reservation got me a choice of a Nissan Maxima or a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Again, it was summer, so I took the Maxima.

You also run the risk of getting stuck with whatever you actually reserved (the two-door Ford Festiva with a 3-speed automatic) or maybe a pickup truck (hey, the kids can ride in the bed  - who's paying for this, anyway?).
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