Planning a trip to Las Vegas this Summer? Planning on renting a car while you are there? If so be careful because a lot of rental cars aren’t always what they appear to be, at least as far as price is concerned. Hidden fees are the bane of human existence. Thinking you are going to pay a certain price for something only to have that price triple because of fees is one of the most annoying and upsetting things that can happen.
One woman, who recently rented a car in Texas, thought she was paying $191 for her rental car. When she got a bill for $416 she was understandably upset. That extra cost came from multiple fees that were tacked on to her rental car. Some of the unexpected added costs included $10 for an additional driver. The woman was also asked if she wanted insurance for $21.99 and she accepted. That actually ended up being a daily $21.99 charge.
According to the woman, “I didn’t realize I was going to be paying that. An extra $200 and change for a car I thought I was renting for $191.” This brought her to the question of whether or not insurance from the rental car company is necessary, especially at $22 per day.
The first thing you should do when renting a car is contact your insurance agency. Most policies these days cover a driver no matter what car they are driving which means that most people won’t need to purchase insurance directly from the rental car company. However, if you have a high deductible then you may want the insurance due to the fact that the cost of repairs could be less than the price of your deductible.
If you plan on renting a car, no matter what state you are in, be sure to get all the information about fees and make sure your insurance covers you so you don’t go wasting your money on something you already have. Hidden fees can be a killer, especially in this case where the cost of the rental car increased by nearly $200.
Source: KTNV.com – Rental car fees