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Looking for Car Rental Deals


If you've tried to rent a car lately, you may well have encountered sticker shock. Despite the recession, prices for car rentals have skyrocketed.
    The reason? Car rental demand is down from a year ago, but car rental companies have been cutting their fleets and holding onto cars longer than they used to.

    Sure, you can shop hard for the best rates. But comparing car rental rates on the web can be a tedious and time-consuming business. The next time you need to rent a car, don't just jump between the websites of Hertz, Alamo and Avis to compare prices. Instead, try visiting a site that can quickly offer side-by-side comparisons of car rental rates. For example, Breezenet is especially fast at displaying competing

rates from major companies such as Budget, Alamo, Hertz and Avis in nearly a dozen car size categories. Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity and Priceline, among other online travel agencies, allow you to perform side-by-side searches as well.

    Booking Buddy does it a bit differently, allowing you to search the search engines themselves. In other words, you can look at upwards of six search engines like Expedia and Orbitz and Hotwire on one page. The real time saver is that you enter your search information just once, not multiple times.

     Even better is Kayak, the aggregator, which searches up to a dozen companies and offers more than 100 results in about 30 seconds. Click on a deal you like and you'll go directly to either an online travel agency or a car rental site, where you can complete the booking.           

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