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Highway Robbery?

You can make renting a car easier on the company budget.

This story appears in the October 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Feel like you got taken for a ride last time you rented a car? Next time, try these tips:

  • Compare. Car rental prices vary greatly from city to city due to demand and increasingly prevalent (and hefty) local taxes and fees. Determine the "going rate" by checking online travel sites, such as Travelocity.com, Expedia.com and Orbitz.com, which compare rates from a variety of companies.
  • Check last-minute rates. Traveling in less than a week? Sometimes car rental companies sell distressed inventory at deep discounts on sites like Hotwire.com. Once you've checked the Hotwire price, try your luck and bid even lower on Priceline.com. If you can't find a decent last-minute deal, try Rentalcars.com, a listing of last-minute deals available on major car rental company Web sites.

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