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Renting a car comes with a truckload of hidden fees

Oct 20, 2023
"It would be much better for consumers to just know how much everything was going to cost us right off the bat," says Emily Stewart of Vox.
It can be hard to know how much a rental car will cost until you're paying the bill.
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Planning to rent a car? It’s going to cost you.

May 27, 2021
A surge in demand, plus fewer rental cars, plus a chip shortage (and therefore fewer new cars) equals higher prices for travelers.
That summer road trip may cost you way more than you budgeted for.
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Rental-car companies crash used-car auctions to find scarce vehicles

May 4, 2021
The price of used vehicles is up 32% since January.
Rental rates and the prices of used cars could remain high over the summer.
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How do rental car companies make money?

Feb 10, 2014
And seriously, what's with those key chains you can't take apart?

Instead of airport parking, some fliers now rent out their cars

Nov 26, 2013
A new company headed by 19-year-olds wants to be the Airbnb of cars.

Goodbye PT Cruiser: Will anyone miss it?

Mar 4, 2013
One of the weirdest cars of the 21st century might be the Chrysler PT Cruiser. While the novelty car lost its popularity with drivers a few years after its release, it became a staple in rental car fleets.

For public good, not for profit.

Avis to buy Zipcar for $500 million

Jan 2, 2013
Avis Budget Group, one of the largest car-rental companies, will merge its traditional car rental services with Zipcar's up-start model.

Rental cars scarce in NYC for Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2012
Hurricane Sandy damaged hundreds of thousands of cars, so it's been tough to find a rental in time for holiday travel.

Hertz to buy Dollar Thrifty for $2.3 billion

Aug 27, 2012
If you think you have a lot of choices in car rentals, you’re wrong. The latest deal caps a long trend of mergers. If it goes through, just three big players will dominate