I would like to share pains of finding a one way car rental for 2 month from abroad online. And ask for help, better ideas. And one important question about RoatTripAmerica own car rental comparison service. It is strangely cheaper.
But lets start at the beginning...
We are 2 drivers, UK driving licences, EU passports, both over 25, whole August – October; I usually enter 3.8. - 4.10.
Most post and guides (LP) usually recommends to book a car well in advance. Though I struggle to do so, even just month before the set off.
Only Hertz and Avis are able to do the booking on-line, they are the only ones returned by all search engines. Notable disappointments were Thrifty and National, otherwise recommended on other posts. Am I the only one experiencing this?
Other car rental companies, when tried on their company sites, fails on rental length being > 28 days or drop off location being so distant (or simply different) from drop in.
With Herz and Avis I got similar quotes - $3100 total for Economy Car or $3350 for mid size car.
Drop off charge $750 included. Taxes too. Don't know about insurance. I haven time to sort this yet.
(ca $50 day).
But when I try RoatTripAmerica own car rental comparison service
http://reservations.roadtripamerica.com/car it finds not only Hertz and Avis but Thrifty and Dollar too. Amazingly it returns prices starting at $1900, $2200+ for mid-size (same settings indeed).
It says $899.99/month; total: $2157.73 USD. including taxes and fees. Including fees! However I suspect it does not include different location drop off fee??
Online services disappointed me. It took me quite long to figure out that the drop off location for CA must be LA Airport (LAX), anything else fails (just plain LA, San Francisco, San Diego).
Most sites simply reports error or silently finds no offers without much hint why (Kayak sadly). Only one site finely cracked it up and demanded explicitly that at least one location must be an airport. (forgot which site it was to give it credit). Weird, why is that?
Locations note: NY to LA – it should be rather East Coast to West Coast trip.
But NY and LA seems to be after all a convenient locations for car rental and international flights.
One last question. I do have car in UK. I do pay a car insurance in UK, it is standard “3rd party and theft”. In Britain car insurance is tightly coupled with the car and the named driver(s). Could it help somehow regarding US car insurance? I overlooked some posts about that it could.
Thank you for the patience to read it though
Recommendations, help, know how sharing is well appreciated