Published: Monday, Jan. 21 2013 8:30 a.m. MST
The only industry that comes close to the airlines for the creative terminology
they can come up with to charge you more is car rental. This outbundling of
prices is insidious and deceitful. Now hotels have joined the fray, with
'resort fees'. It's a rip off, and it's time some
legislation comes into play.
You can save money by joining the rental car company's preferred plan or
group. Salt Lake City is one of the priciest places around but at least they
have good service. If you want a negative experience, try renting a vehicle in
Jackson Hole, Wyoming.Incidentally, rental car companies call a
cramped-up little piece of tin a "standard" car. That's laughable.
When one considers placing one's life into a car on
Utah's freeways, I would gladly spend the extra bucks to not drive a
"compact" because they are hardly bigger than a Harley-Davidson. When
it comes to being safe, don't be too cheap.
Another way to save money is to go online and bid for a car rental. Of course
you need to pay up-front in most instances (but not all) and the fee is
non-refundable, but if you are certain you are going to need the vehicle, you
can save money.A distinct possibility is also to enroll for online
specials from the rental companies. And using an off-brand will always be
cheaper than the established big companies. Of course there are risks involved
there, too.Any decent rental company, if you go online, will have an
Anticipated Total Charges Fee listed so don't just look at the "$12.95
per day" and think that's it....which is a grabber to get you to rent
but isn't the whole story.As to the exhorbitant
government-tacked-on fees, welcome to the current way that everyone in
government---local, state, county and federal---does business.
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