If your vacation destination is far away, you may want to save time by flying—and rent a car when you arrive. Given the true cost of driving your car long distances, this option may be more affordable than you think.
Keeping Your Rental Options Open
New cars use microchips to operate features like driver-assistance controls, window motors, navigation systems and more. Unfortunately, as you may have heard, there’s currently a global chip shortage that has disrupted auto production. Fewer cars produced means more competition for what’s available—and more chances for unwelcome surprises—even when you’re only looking for a rental. Here are tips for getting the right rental car when you need it.
Make advance arrangements. Waiting until the last minute to rent is never a good idea. Avoid frustration by securing your rental car when you plan or book your trip.
Expand your search. Don’t limit yourself to high-demand rental locations. Off-airport locations, for example, will often have better selections, and you may even be able to avoid long lines.
Know what you want. If you need a vehicle that seats five adults, an economy or compact car won’t do. And remember to account for other friends or family members who may need to ride with you once you’re at your destination.
Be flexible. High demand will probably mean higher prices than you’re used to seeing, so make sure you take advantage of any available rental discounts.