Ditto on what everyone else about insurance. Make sure you're covered or buy it.
Mt one learning experience involved the pre-trip inspection. Mark all those little scuffs and dings down before you chek out of the lot with your ride (they give you a form to do this). I got into a tit-for-tat over a little door scuff that was there when I picked it up, but didn't mark because I thought it was so minor.
In the end I didn't have to pay anything but there were a few minutes at drop off that got a little dicey.
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Reserve your car using one of the sites like Expedia. Right before you leave, check the rates again as they usually drop significantly the closer to the date that you get. Reserve the cheaper rate and cancel your previous reservation. In the past, I have gotten up to half off the original price by doing this.
I just checked my car that I reserved for Memorial Day weekend in Hartford, and the total price for 3 days has already drooped form $100 (reserved about 2 months ago) to $72.
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Definitely try to find a way to do it under a business/corporate account, or check for options outside the national chains. If you have any good friends who own a business, check with them. I needed to rent a car in NY when I was 24 and was going to get raped on the underage fees... I ended up setting up a corporate account with Dollar and got around it without much trouble--just had to fax a couple forms back and forth. They eventually cancelled my corporate discount since I wasn't using it enough, but by that point I was 25 so it didn't really matter.
Regarding insurance, check with your credit card company to make sure, but I believe most (all?) Visa/Mastercards offer rental car insurance coverage as long as you use that card to pay for the rental.
I rent cars many times per year for work. I checked with my insurance company to make sure I was covered for rentals. I think most people are, but you should check.
I've become a fan of pre-paying for tanks of gas. You buy the full tank (or whatever increment you want) at market value and return it without having to worry about filling up. Seems like a lot of airports don't have gas stations nearby, or they're more expensive, or you could just be running late. Enterprise does this and maybe others do too.
Are you going to be in SF? If so you don't need a rental, bart will take you everywhere.
Originally Posted by ZeaMaize
Lived there awhile and get back occasionally. Like most airports; lots of choices at SFO. Just check the regular companies. However as an alternative BART goes right to SFO. A great system and you can take to downtown. From downtown (Market Street) you can take San Francisco municipal Railroad (MUNI) everywhere. MUNI has light rail (totally separate from BART) and the normal buses. A Car in SF is sometimes an impediment if you are doing stuff downtown.
This. San Fran has some of the best public transit in the US. Unless you're going way, way out of the city, BART and MUNI can get you just about anywhere.
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