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The best rental car deals right now

The best rental car deals right now
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Clara Bosonetto |

The average cost of a weekly car rental is averaging about $77 per day or $539 per week, with taxes and fees included. There haven’t been many discounts or deals to bring this expense down so even the smallest discount is worth taking a look at. But remember that once you’ve booked your rental wheels, let AutoSlash find you an even lower rate up until your pick-up date. Better yet, start your car search at

Here are a few current offers:

Rental car company Budget offers up to 25% off its weekly car rates for 2023 reservations lasting five nights or more. Use code BCD D111800 at checkout.

Here are details on this discount and a few more.

Hertz is giving you one free rental day when you go electric. Rent an electric vehicle for 2 or more days for this offer. Book by and pick up through September 6. Choose from the largest EV rental fleet in North America. Use this Promotional Coupon code (PC): 211174.
This promo will likely be extended.

Hertz is also offering a separate 25% discount on EV rental pick-ups through September 30. But this offer requires a full pre-payment (not a great idea).

Join the Hertz loyalty program for free. Skip the counter and head straight to your car when you join Hertz Gold Plus Rewards – no waiting, no stopping. Get on the road faster and easier while earning points redeemable for free rental days and upgrades. Enroll by August 31 and you’ll be rewarded with a free rental day. You need to redeem the free day on a 2+ day rental picked up by December 31.

Another way to save is to book your rental through Costco. You can search for deals using the low-price finder search tool. Narrow your search results by car type, number of passengers, and luggage amount.

Costco’s rental car program also features additional member perks like the ability to book an additional driver at select locations, “book now, pay at the counter” options, zero cancellation fees, and an annual 2% award for executive members.

Did you know that Amazon offers rental car deals with Avis and Budget? The scheme promises a discount of up to 30% off base rates plus an Amazon gift card worth 10% of the rental price. But is this the best you can do? Not really. AutoSlash explains why.

Fox Rent a Car is the place to look for last-minute rentals. Although Fox has fewer locations than major agencies like Hertz, you can find deals in major cities such as Vegas, Phoenix, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Miami and more. For instance, land a deal of just $14.25 daily in Miami on Labor Day weekend rentals. Other late August and early September daily rates are less than $30 a day. Check back often for updated offers.

Need rental wheels in Europe? There’s a one-stop spot to search the lowest rates — AutoEurope. This international car rental service with 20,000 pickup locations worldwide, offers these key benefits:
Compare all rental companies for the best rates
Free cancellation 48 hours before pickup
No credit card or booking fees
24/7 Support Hotline during rental
One-way rentals for same country or cross borders

About electric vehicles: When you book an EV, you’ll get a link emailed to you for an online how-to EV guide. Hertz is also updating the keychains for its EVs to include a QR code that links to the guide. Other rental car companies, including Avis and Enterprise, also have EVs available, but not as many.

If you’ve recently searched for rental wheels you perhaps found the best offers are when you fully prepay. This isn’t recommended unless in unique situations.

Follow Clark’s best tips on finding auto rental discounts here. See Clark’s travel planning and booking guide for the best tips on stress-free travel, and check out for travel insurance.

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