questionsany advice on getting a rental car for cheap with…

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Not all companies do this. Last time I had to do this I kept poking around at the individual sites. Don't forget to check sites like retailmenot for coupon codes. Just realize, you generally are going to be paying more for dropping off at a different location. Just not much of a way around that. I ended up paying about 30% more for the same rental for dropping off at another location and that was the best deal I found after about 2 weeks of daily checking.

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@bingo969: OK. I guess I just thought that rental companies were better setup for leaving vehicles wherever...seems that whenever I've rented before it was almost always an out-of-state plate on the car...

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Yeah, this is one of those strange times that I sympathise with the company and not the consumer. They need to manintain a set inventory level of vehicles at each of their sites, and if too many cars are taken from one site and dropped off elsewhere the levels become uneven and it will cost them money to shift cars around to even off those levels again. Plus, you may take an SUV from A to B and someone else may take a compact from B to A, so their inventories are still uneven.

So bottom line is that yes, you are going to have to pay. As the previous poster said, look out for coupon codes and such, though those generally are for multiple-day rentals.

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I have had alot of luck with Name your own price in Priceline for rental cars. Its alot of hoops to go through but throw something out way low which would never be accepted adn then they normally will show you the lowest they have.

Though sometimes you get lucky one time I put in 12 dollars a day and they actually took it ....

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@djbowman: That's a great idea; however, I just tried it and received "Name Your Own Price is not available for the itinerary you requested. The best available rates are shown below." -- will definitely keep it in mind for the future though...

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It gets cheaper (per day) the longer you need the car, especially once you hit one week mark.

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@luvche21: right, but I only need the car for one day...we're driving to the wedding, and then flying from an airport closer to the wedding location to yet another destination where we'll be staying for a week...

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Renting off airport is always less expensive. - or guess I should say is usually less expensive - if you can arrange it.

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Check train schedules? ...or maybe the bus.

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As stated above, that's generally a premium you have to pay because it costs the rental company money. Sorry.

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$100 sounds like a pretty fair rate for what you are asking to do. My wife and I had to do something similar once when the last leg of our flight home from vacation was cancelled and we had to take a flight to a different airport (~2 hours away by car) if we wanted to make it home less than 3 days late. We then did a one-way car rental which I think was about $100.
Honestly, you would expect that the mega car rental chains (enterprise, hertz, avis, etc ...) could do it for less than this, considering how often cars move around from one locale to another. But it is what it is, and you're paying for the convenience.