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    Hi guys. I know a lot of you probably don't have the most $$$ to spend, but if you're at least 21, try and get a rent-a-car if you're flying in to Cali for the Fest. Hopefully this will be educational to some of you, and help you decide whether you wanna use one for the fest or not-

    This is no shamless plug, but I've only used Dollar-Rent-a-Car. Why? In my many times renting cars (I'm almost 27 now), not all companies will let you rent if you're under 25. Dollar lets insured drivers 21 and up drive. It's also because over time, I know the B.S. to expect from them.

    Now first: Most rental cars per day are about $30-40 if you're just getting your basic mid-size sedan. If you're under 25 (but 21 or older), they charge an extra $10-20 per day. Also, eventhough carpooling can offset these costs, only 1 person should drive. They charge extra $$$ per day for an extra driver (and you don't want the unregistered driver gettin caught... big no no).

    Now on top of these baseline expenses: They will try to sell you into every plan imaginable. The Gas plan, the insurance plan, the Marshall plan, Kanye West's workout plan... every friggin plan imaginable. There's only 1 plan you need, AND YOU WILL NEED IT SINCE YOU'RE CAR IS GONNA BE EXPOSED TO THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE AND OTHER CARS LEFT UNATTENDED IN A PARKING LOT FOR THE WEEKEND-

    It's called the "LOSS-DAMAGE WAIVER". It will cost you an extra $10-$20 per day, but seriously it's a necessity. First, when you rent a car, you need to inspect it at the rental car lot for any scratches, dents, dings, etc. If you don't document them to the rent-a-car person, YOU WILL GET CHARGED FOR THEM. But that's before you even leave the rent-a-car lot.

    Now imagine having your car left alone all day (or all weekend if you're camping), exposed to thousands of other people and cars. The chances of scratches, dings, someone banging your car as they walk by with their backpack or cooler, you get what I'm sayin? There's a good chance the car won't be in the same shape as you left the lot. SO THE LOSS-DAMAGE WAIVER SAYS "YOU'RE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE WHILE YOU RENT IT". This plan costs an extra $10-20 per day, but it's so worth it!!!! It pretty much means you can throw a brick through the windshield, and you're not liable for a penny.

    When you return the car, REMEMBER TO RETURN IT WITH A FULL TANK OF GAS. Otherwise they charge you much more per gallon for gas than it even is right now.

    So here's the deal- If there's 4 of you splitting the cost of a rental car from LAX. If there's at least one of you over 25 (that's insured), let them drive. That person will need to have the credit card, because it needs to be the driver's credit card that is used for the rental.

    When you reserve a rental car, they don't require a credit card. They won't charge you for anything if you decide not to rent the car. They take your credit card info when you show up to rent the car. So do the math. If you have 4 people splitting a rental car. 1 driver over 25. add in the loss-damage waiver. $40 per day for 4 days, plus the loss damage waiver at $20/day comes out to $240. But if you split that 4 ways, it's about $80 per person. Now the estimates I just made could be a little high (hopefully). Add in gas split 4 ways (which you should only have to fill once), that shouldn't be so expensive either.

    I hope this helps you guys in making a decision about a rent-a-car. Anyone feel free to chime in or add their own opinions or knowlege would be appreciated. Any questions feel free to ask, and I'll do the best I can to assist you. I attended the fest in '06, and carpooled with 2 guys from Canada and a guy from Houston, so this can work.
    -Pete
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    P.S. guys, sorry for the novel I just wrote. Hopefully you'll find it worth the time.
    -Pete

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    If you have insurance on your car at home, most times that policy will also automatically cover rental cars, so you don't really need to pay for any additional insurance from the rental car company. But you should double check to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Courtney View Post
    If you have insurance on your car at home, most times that policy will also automatically cover rental cars, so you don't really need to pay for any additional insurance from the rental car company. But you should double check to be sure.
    Yeah, I've never had any problems through Dollar Rent-a-Car with it. In fact, I don't think they've ever checked it when you pick up the car. They just want the credit card of the driver. It's just, if you're not insured, getting pulled over or getting in an accident and not having any info... big-time uh oh

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    Read the fine print....
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    1. GENERAL RENTAL REQUIREMENTS *


    THESE ARE THE GENERAL RENTAL REQUIREMENTS OF DOLLAR®i RENT A CAR. THE RENTAL COMPANY OPERATING THE DOLLAR RENT A CAR LOCATION (“DOLLAR”) MAY HAVE OTHER REQUIREMENTS. THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE RENTAL LOCATION WILL CONTROL. CHECK THE LOCAL POLICIES OF THE RENTING LOCATION FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THEIR TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO RENT ONE OF OUR ELITE MODEL VEHICLES IN OUR “STYLESERIES ™” PROGRAM, E.G. MERCEDES-BENZ, HUMMER, JAGUAR, CADILLAC, BMW AND MINI COOPER, REVIEW THE GENERAL REQUIRMENTS IN SECTION #3 BELOW AND MORE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS IN THE LOCAL POLICIES POSTED ON THE WEB PAGE OF THE LOCATION WHERE YOU INTEND TO RENT. FOR RENTALS OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, PLEASE REFER TO THE LOCAL POLICIES WHERE YOU INTEND TO RENT THE DOLLAR VEHICLE.

    1. Rental Rates: Daily Rental rates are based on a 24-hour rental day starting at the time of rental. The minimum charge is one day, plus mileage, if applicable. The renter will be charged for each hour and/or any part of an hour in excess of a rental day the renter keeps the vehicle until the vehicle is returned, up to the applicable daily rate. Mileage charges, if applicable, will be the number of miles driven as determined by the odometer readings at the beginning and end of the rental. In addition to the daily rate, some locations will charge you a one-time “early return“ fee of $15.00 if you return the vehicle more than 24 hours prior to the return date and time on the rental agreement; and, you will be charged a $10.99 per/day “late return“ fee if you return the vehicle more than 24 hours after the return date and time on the rental agreement. If the renter fails to comply with the conditions applicable to the rate, including any geographic driving restrictions, a mileage charge, surcharge or other rates may apply.


    2. Driving Age: The minimum age to rent a vehicle at most locations in the United States and Canada is 21 years of age. Please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on driver ages at the location where you intend to rent and the applicable charge for drivers 21 to 24 years of age.


    3. Authorized Drivers: The DOLLAR vehicle may be driven only by an authorized driver. An authorized driver is the renter and any additional person who appears at the time of rental and signs the rental agreement. All authorized drivers must satisfy our age requirements, have a valid drivers license, and fulfill our other qualifications, which vary by location. Employers and co-employees of renters renting on corporate rate plans, if properly licensed and meet our age requirements, are authorized to drive the vehicle while acting within the scope of their employment duties. See our credit requirements and drivers license requirements below. The authorized driver and any additional authorized drivers may be subject to a driver record check (See below). No other persons are authorized to drive the vehicle.


    4. Additional Authorized Drivers and Fees: All additional authorized drivers are required to qualify to drive the vehicle. To qualify, DOLLAR requires all additional drivers, including spouses, to satisfy our minimum age requirements, have a valid drivers license and pay an additional driver fee. However, the following additional drivers do not need to pay an additional driver fee or separately qualify as long as they meet our minimum age requirements and have a valid drivers license: (1) government renters on official orders, (2) corporate account customers on corporate rate plans, and (3) drivers/companions of physically impaired customers. The additional driver may also be subject to a driver record check and an underage drivers fee. (See below). Because the requirements vary by location, please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on additional driver fees charged at the location where you intend to rent.


    5. Underage Driver's Fee: An authorized driver 21 to 24 years of age may be charged an Underage Drivers fee because of such driver's age in addition to the additional driver fee, if applicable. Because the requirements vary by DOLLAR location, please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on additional authorized or underage drivers at the location where you intend to rent a DOLLAR vehicle.


    6. Credit Qualifications/requirement: To qualify to rent the DOLLAR vehicle, the renter must present at the time of rental a major credit card or debit card (See Debit Card Usage below) in the renters own name with available credit. A hold will be placed on the renters credit card for the estimated amount of the rental plus 15% or a minimum amount, whichever is greater, as determined by the location where you intend to rent. The hold will be removed at the end of the rental when the final charges are settled. Because the requirements vary by location, please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on credit qualifications and requirements where you intend to rent a DOLLAR vehicle.


    7. Debit Card Usage: If the customer presents a debit card at the beginning of rental to qualify to rent, we will perform a debit card check and credit inquiry screening through Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc. This type of inquiry will screen out customers who present a greater driving risk to us, using a standard set of criteria. The credit inquiry is posted on the customer's credit report and may have an effect on the customer's credit evaluation. In the event that a customer's debit card check and credit inquiry fail to meet our debit card criteria, the customer will not be allowed to rent unless they provide a major credit card in their own name. Our debit card policy complies with all applicable U.S. federal and state laws. Debit cards are accepted for payment at the end of rental without a credit inquiry. Debit cards may not be accepted in Canada except for payment at the end of rental. Since credit requirements vary by location, please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on the acceptance and usage of debit cards where you intend to rent a DOLLAR vehicle.


    8. "Key Ring" Credit Cards: DOLLAR does not accept the small credit cards issued by credit card companies that fit on a key ring. In the event that a customer presents the key ring credit card at the time of rental, the rental location may ask you to present the standard size credit card or another form of payment.


    9. Gasoline Policy: The renter must refill the gas tank of the vehicle within a 10-mile radius of the rental return facility and present a fuel receipt to avoid a refueling charge unless the renter chooses the prepaid fuel option. If the renter chooses the prepaid fuel option, the renter will pay a specified charge as set forth in the rental agreement and have no obligation to return the vehicle with a full tank of fuel. There is no credit or refund given for any fuel in the tank at the end of the rental. If the renter does not choose the prepaid fuel option and does not return the vehicle with a full tank of gas, the renter will be required to pay a fuel charge to compensate DOLLAR for the cost and service of refueling the vehicle. The fuel charge is based on the estimated number of gallons needed to refill the tank multiplied by the rate per gallon charge specified in the rental agreement. DOLLAR locations may use different methods of estimating the number of gallons needed to refill the tank and these methods of estimation necessarily rely on human judgment. Most DOLLAR locations estimate the number of gallons needed to refill the gas tank either (1) by reading the fuel gauge to estimate the approximate amount of fuel needed to refill the tank (for example, one-half tank) and multiplying that number by the manufacturer's specified fuel tank capacity, or (2) if the renter did not purchase any fuel during the rental, by reading the odometer to determine the amount of miles driven during the rental and dividing that number by the vehicle's estimated average fuel efficiency (miles per gallon) based on the manufacturer's fuel efficiency specifications. When renting in Canada, miles and gallons shall be kilometers and liters.


    10. Geographic Limitations: At most locations, driving is restricted to the continental United States and Canada. A Canadian resident is prohibited from driving a U.S. owned vehicle into Canada. Please refer to the Local Policies for specific information regarding geographic limitations at the location where you intend to rent a DOLLAR vehicle.


    11. Disabled Renters:


    1. Available Driving Aids: If the renter will require driving aids to operate a vehicle, please contact us at 1-800-800-3665. This will ensure availability of equipment and allow DOLLAR personnel to install such equipment prior to the rental.
    2. Pick-up: We would also ask that you call 1-800-800-3665 prior to your arrival so that we may pick you and your traveling companion up, if any, upon arrival at the airport. At most locations, courtesy telephones are also available in the airport to contact us for pick-up.
    3. Additional Authorized Drivers: If a traveling companion shall serve as the driver during the rental, please advise the DOLLAR representative at the time of rental and pick-up. There is no additional charge for an additional authorized driver for non-driving disabled renters.


    12. Driver Licenses: The renter or any additional authorized drivers wanting to drive the rental vehicle must present (at the beginning of the rental) a motor vehicle driver's license that is valid for the entire rental period. A valid motor vehicle drivers license means a drivers license that has not been suspended, expired, surrendered or revoked and includes an expiration date occurring after the end of the rental period. The following motor vehicle drivers licenses are generally acceptable in the U.S.
    1. A valid motor vehicle driver's license issued by any state, territory or possession of the U.S.
    2. A valid temporary driver's license issued by any state, territory or possession of the U.S.
    3. A traffic citation issued by any state, territory or possession of the U.S., as a temporary license, valid for the entire rental period (the court date being the expiration date) accompanied with a second form of photo identification with signature (excluding the credit card used for rental).
    4. A valid U.S. military identification card plus an expired driver's license for active duty U.S. military personnel in those states where active duty U.S. military can drive on an expired driver's license.
    5. A valid driver's license issued by a province or territory of Canada.
    6. A foreign drivers license* issued by the country of residence of the renter and additional drivers. If the drivers license in not in English, the renter and drivers will be required to present both the foreign issued drivers license and a current International Drivers Permit (IDP); or, if from Japan, a Japanese Translation Service. An IDP does not give a person the right to drive, but provides a certified translation of the valid foreign drivers license. An IDP can be obtained in the driver's country of residence only with a valid drivers license. An IDP (or certified translation) without the foreign issued drivers license is not acceptable.

    *If the foreign issued drivers license is from a country where permanent or non-expiring drivers licenses are issued, the renter and any additional drivers will also be required to show their passport, visa or other current U.S. issued documentation at the beginning of the rental authorizing the renter or driver to be present in the USA at the time of rental.

    13. Driver Record Checks: In the U.S., before we will rent a vehicle and when the customer arrives at our location, the customer and any additional authorized drivers may be subject to a driving record and license check with the DMV. In the rare instance the driving record and license check fails to meet our criteria, we reserve the right to deny the rental based on the DMV report. A list of our criteria follows:
    * The drivers have a valid license that is not currently suspended, revoked, expired, or surrendered; and,
    * The drivers have not, during the last 24 months, accrued 8 or more points; and,
    * The drivers have not, during the last 36 months, pled guilty or paid a fine for, or otherwise been convicted, of:
    o three or more moving violations,
    o two or more accidents, and,
    * The drivers have not, during the last 48 months, pled guilty or paid a fine for, or otherwise been convicted, of:
    o one or more reckless driving,
    o one or more accidents with a fatality or bodily injury,
    o operating a vehicle, or permitting the operation of a vehicle, without a license or without insurance,
    o possession of a stolen vehicle or using a vehicle in a crime, or,
    o failure to report an accident or leaving the scene of an accident; and,
    * The drivers have not, during the last 72 months, been convicted of DWI, DWAI, or DUI.

    If a driver wants to verify that their driving record meets our criteria prior to arriving at the rental counter, please request the "TravelCheckTM service provided by our vendor TML at 800-388-9099. TML will charge you a fee of $9.95 to process a driver record check prior to rental. This service is not available in all states.

    14. One-way Rentals: One-way rentals within the U.S. and within Canada vary by DOLLAR location and vehicle availability. A one-way drop fee will apply.
    15. Optional Equipment:
    1. Child Safety Seats: For an additional charge, which varies by location, infant, toddler and child/youth safety seats are available at many DOLLAR locations.
    2. Ski Racks: Ski racks are available at some locations where travel to ski resorts is anticipated during the winter season. There is an additional charge for ski racks.
    3. Global Positioning System(GPS): Many DOLLAR locations offer a GPS unit for use during the rental for an additional daily charge. The small, dashboard-mounted device is programmed for multiple languages and contains mapping details of the entire U.S. with nearly six million points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and tourist attractions. The GPS unit can be programmed to avoid toll roads.

    16. Optional Services:
    1. RoadSafe™: RoadSafe is a service offered by us at some locations for a per day charge. This service provides you with accidental towing, lock-out, flat tire, and fuel and battery service during your rental. Not available with the StyleSeries rentals.
    2. Electronic toll by-pass option: In a few cities, we offer an option to purchase an electronic toll bypass service for a per/day charge that allows the driver to bypass all toll booths and avoid electronic toll charges on all the toll roads in the city or state, as applicable; and, as many times a day as necessary. If you decline to purchase the toll bypass option, you will pay us for all unpaid toll road violations (including violations captured by camera) charged by the toll authority plus a $25.00 administrative fee per violation. If you have a personal transponder or account, it may not transfer to the rental vehicle and you will be charged a toll violation. Please be advised that some toll roads are managed electronically and have no manned booths. GPS units rented from us can be programmed to avoid toll roads.

    17. Additional Fees: At most DOLLAR locations the renter may incur one or more of the following charges and fees: (i) an (airport)concession recovery fee or off-airport access fee; (ii) an (airport) consolidated facility charge; plus, frequent flyer surcharges, and vehicle license fees which are the estimated average per day per vehicle portion of our total annual vehicle taxes, licensing, titling, and registration costs, and other governmental fees or charges on top of the daily rate and any optional products and services the renter selects. These charges are calculated either as a per-day or a per-rental charge.


    18. New York Resident Surcharges: Higher rental rates for New York City (Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens) residents renting in New York, Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia may apply as follows;
    * For Brooklyn residents the rates will be $77 higher per day.
    * For Bronx residents the rates will be $65 higher per day.
    * For Queens residents the rates will be $7 higher per day.


    2. LIABILITY, INSURANCE AND OPTIONAL PROTECTION PACKAGE


    1. Loss or Damage to the DOLLAR Vehicle: The renter and any additional drivers are absolutely liable for any loss or damage to the rental vehicle, even if someone else caused it or the cause is unknown, whether due to theft, fire, hail, flood, collision, vandalism, or any other cause, subject to limitations imposed by the law where the vehicle is rented. This liability will not exceed the full value of the vehicle, plus:
    * Actual towing and storage charges;
    * Loss of use;
    * Diminution in value, regardless of whether the vehicle is repaired or not;
    * All rental charges through the date you report the incident if not returnable or the return date, whichever is later;
    * Any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by us as a result of the loss or damage to the vehicle;
    * A reasonable administrative fee; and
    * Pro-rata license plate fees, all as allowed by law.


    2. Third Party Liability Claims: Unless otherwise required by applicable law, a renter and/or any additional authorized driver (and the respective insurance company of each) is primarily responsible for all third party claims of personal injury, including death, and property damage caused or arising from the use and operation of the DOLLAR vehicle during the rental. (To the extent DOLLAR is required to provide coverage, in spite of the terms of the rental agreement, it shall only be in an amount necessary to satisfy the minimum financial responsibility limits required by applicable law.)


    3. Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Where permitted by law, DOLLAR does not provide uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. In those states or provinces where DOLLAR must provide such coverage, DOLLAR will only provide such coverage up to the minimum limits required by law. In some U.S. locations, DOLLAR offers the option to purchase Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection ("UMP"). Please refer to the Optional Protection Package below for an explanation of this coverage.


    4. Optional Protection Package: At the time of rental, DOLLAR offers for purchase at the option of the renter, Loss Damage Waiver ("LDW"), Personal Protection Plan ("PPP"), Protection Plus (PP), Personal Accident Insurance ("PAI"), Personal Effects Insurance ("PEI"), Emergency Sickness Protection (ESP), Supplemental Liability Insurance ("SLI") and Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection ("UMP"). The per day cost, coverage, provider and availability vary by location, vehicle category and rate. Please refer to the locations Local Policy to determine whether SLI is required for travel into Canada and the cost of such coverage. The optional products offered by the rental company may duplicate coverage provided by the renters personal automobile insurance or insurance the renter may have through another source. Purchase of optional products is not required to rent the vehicle. Separate brochures available at the rental location summarize the optional products. We charge a per day fee for each day or part of a day the vehicle is rented for any optional products you select.



    1. Loss Damage Waiver ("LDW"): If the renter purchases one of the optional LDW plans, DOLLAR will agree to waive the renters responsibility for loss or damage to the vehicle in full or in part (depending on the LDW plan accepted). LDW is not insurance or an insurance product.

    LDW does not apply if: (1) the renter uses the vehicle in violation of the rental agreement; (2) the renter fails to remove the keys, or close and lock all windows, doors and trunk, and the vehicle is stolen or vandalized; (3) the renter fails to notify us and the police immediately after the loss; and (4) the renter fails to pay the charges under the rental agreement; or (5) other exceptions as allowed by the applicable state or provincial law.

    Before deciding whether to purchase LDW, the renter may wish to determine whether their own automobile insurance or credit card agreement provides coverage for rental vehicle damage or loss and determine the amount of the deductible under their own insurance coverage. The purchase of LDW is not mandatory. LDW is not insurance.

    2.

    Personal Protection Plan ("PPP"): PPP includes Personal Accident Insurance ("PAI") and Personal Effects Insurance (PEI) and where offered must be purchased together. PPP is not offered in Canada

    1. PAI provides benefits to the renter and the renters passengers for accidental medical expenses, ambulance expenses and accidental death benefits during the rental. If this optional coverage is purchased by a renter, the renter is covered twenty-four hours a day for all accidents, whether the renter is actually in the rental vehicle or not at the time of the accident. Passengers in a DOLLAR vehicle are only covered for accidents occurring while the passengers occupy the DOLLAR vehicle.


    2. PEI insures the personal effects of the renter and any member of the renter's immediate family traveling with the renter. A member of a renter's immediate family must permanently reside in the renter's household. If this optional coverage is purchased by the renter, PEI covers only personal effects with which the renter or immediate family member are traveling. The maximum Personal Effects amount per covered person is $650. The maximum total benefits that shall be payable in the aggregate for all covered individuals is $1,950. PEI pays covered claims even if the renter's homeowner's policy provides coverage.


    3. Supplemental Liability Insurance ("SLI"): Where available, and for an additional daily charge, a renter may purchase SLI at the time of rental. If accepted, SLI provides the renter or any additional authorized drivers listed in the rental agreement, with automobile liability coverage against third party claims (excluding claims by the renters and any additional authorized drivers family members related by blood, marriage or adoption and any other person residing with the renter or additional driver) for bodily injury, including death, and property damage resulting from an automobile accident in the DOLLAR vehicle, during the rental period, in excess of the coverage provided under the rental agreement up to a maximum protection of $1,000,000 combined single limit (CSL) per occurrence. The availability, cost and coverage can vary from location to location depending on the program details. Check with the rental location for details of their program. SLI does not provide coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorist protection except in New York. SLI does not apply in Mexico. SLI is not offered in Canada.


    OPTIONAL LIABILITY COVERAGE IS SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC BENEFITS, EXCLUSIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS WHICH ARE SUMMARIZED ON THE SEPARATE BROCHURES AVAILABLE AT THE RENTAL LOCATIONS. See the Notices below:

    If you purchase SLI in New York: In New York, for an additional daily charge, two SLI products may be available: (i) SLI with an uninsured/underinsured motorist protection up to $1,000,000 Bodily Injury per accident limit; and (ii) an SLI with a $100,000 Bodily Injury each person/$300,000 Bodily Injury per accident limit (a Supplemental Tier).

    If you rent in Texas: The renter may not need the automobile insurance offered by the rental car company. The purchase of automobile liability insurance is not required as a condition of renting an automobile. This insurance does not apply to any bodily injury or property damage arising out of the use or permitting the use of a rental vehicle by any driver while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in violation of the law.

    4. Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection ("UMP"): If the renter purchases SLI, the renter may have the opportunity to purchase UMP. UMP provides the renter; any authorized additional driver and anyone else occupying a DOLLAR vehicle while operated by the renter or an additional authorized driver, with coverage for injuries and damages caused by an owner or driver of an uninsured or underinsured third party vehicle. This coverage is excess above the minimum financial responsibility limits for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage required by law, if any. UMP provides coverage for the difference between any uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage available to the renter in the rental agreement, if any, up to a maximum of $1,000,000 combined single limit (CSL) per occurrence. UMP is included with the SLI purchased in New York and may not be offered or sold separately. UMP does not apply in Mexico. UMP is not offered in Canada.


    5. Protection Plus (PP): In Canada, where available, if the renter purchases PP, it will provide limited benefits to the authorized driver and passengers of the vehicle during the rental for accidental medical expenses, ambulance expenses and accidental death, repatriation, rehabilitation, legal defense, emergency road service and mechanical breakdown towing benefits, and loss to personal belongings if certain terms and conditions are met.


    6. Emergency Sickness Protection ("ESP"). ESP is available in Florida to all renters who are non-U.S.citizens including Canadians who possess valid non-U.S. passports at the time of rental. ESP provides certain medical benefits for some sicknesses that may occur during rental periods of thirty days or less. ESP also covers individuals possessing valid non-U.S. passports at the time of rental traveling with the renter. Benefits include up to $10,000 per person for reasonable and customary cost of necessary medical care for covered sickness, including (A) medical or surgical treatment; (B) hospital services, supplies, x-rays and laboratory fees; (C) local ambulance and (D) visits to a physicians office, and are subject to a $100 deductible per person per sickness. ESP does not provide coverage for any sickness for which symptoms began or treatment received during the twelve months prior to the beginning of the rental period; expenses incurred outside of the U.S.; expenses for eyeglasses, contact lenses or hearing aids; losses incurred while participating in racing, professional club, intercollegiate or interscholastic sports; losses from an accident, cardiovascular disease, cancers tumors, tuberculosis, organ transplant, congenital conditions, deviated septum, cosmetic surgery, dental care, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, fertility/infertility treatment, pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, and emotional or mental disorders of any kind; and losses while traveling against the advice of a physician or while traveling for the purpose of receiving medical treatment. ESP does not apply in Mexico.


    3. "STYLESERIES" VEHICLES

    We offer elite vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz Sport Sedan, Jaguar S Type, Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Hummer H2, Cadillac Escalade and the Mini Cooper for rent in some locations as part of our StyleSeries rental program upon certain pre-conditions.


    1. Proof of Insurance: Unless the renter purchases the Loss Damage Waiver offered at the time of pickup, the renter and all of the drivers will be required to provide proof in writing that their own personal or business automobile coverage will cover both physical damage to the vehicle and third party automobile liability coverage. Many insurance policies will not cover this class of vehicles often referred to as elite vehicles so check with your insurance carrier before you make a reservation. Proof of insurance should include the insurance agent name, telephone number, company, policy number, and expiration date.


    2. Driver and Drivers Age: Renters and drivers must be at least 25 years of age to qualify to drive the vehicle.

    3. Credit Qualifications: Only major credit cards accepted (no debit cards). An authorization of at least 15% of estimated rental charges will be placed on the credit card at the time of rental.

    4. No One-Way Rentals: Vehicles must be returned to the renting location.

    5. Guaranteed/Advance Reservation required: A credit card is required to secure advance reservations. No-shows will be charged a fee equal to one day rental unless cancelled 24 hours prior to pick-up.



    * Revised Effective August 2007.

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    I agree with everything in that last post except for #1. IT'S ALWAYS BEEN UNLIMITED MILES WHEN YOU RENT. Maybe they only charge miles for single-day rentals? But I've never been charged by the mile. It's always been unlimited.
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    Several things to add on this one. Some of these things I wish I knew when I was 22 (particularly the insurance parts). I’m just providing the below from my personal experience – please verify any of this before you actually do it. =p

    Car Rental Companies – In addition to Dollar, I’ve always found Enterprise to be pretty good. If you rent at their non-airport locations, they usually don’t charge a fee for renting a car from ages 21-24. Additionally, I believe non-airport locations let you add an additional driver for free. Some airport locations will let you do that as well – call before hand to find out.

    Damage Loss-Waiver (DLW) - Personally, I don't think you need the DLW. I have taken rental cars to Coachella, and have had no problems. Additionally, between your regular insurance and your Credit Card (CC) you should be covered. Most credit cards provide secondary insurance on car rentals. If there is damage to the car, the primary insurance will be charged the deductible, and your CC# will pay your deductible. If your primary insurance is only liability (and doesn’t cover damages) or you have no insurance, your CC will act as the primary damage insurance. Discover's covers up to 25k and Amex covers up to 50k (I think) – I forget what Visa and MasterCard cover, but it’s probably similar to Discover (call them to find out for sure). If you do sign up for the DLW, it null and voids the credit card coverage.
    There are drawbacks to using your own insurance and the CC to cover you. The incident might appear on your insurance record (rate increase?) if you claim damages. Also both require more paperwork than the DLW and the CC takes a little time to get your deductible back. The DLW is simpler and quicker.
    Personally I think the best is the AMEX coverage (AMEX runs their own in-house coverage, while I’m pretty sure the other CCs outsource it), as it insures up to 50k and it covers any additional drivers.

    Supplementary Liability Protection (SLP) – This is actually the one you NEED to buy if you don’t have your own insurance. Liability insurance is required in CA. This insurance covers your liability up to other parties up to $1 million dollars (depends on the policy). The rental companies like to push their other insurances on you, as they are usually provided in-house (high profit margin). The SLP insurance is usually out-sourced, so their profit margins are lower on it. Taking this coverage DOES NOT void your credit card coverage, as credit cards usually do not provide liability insurance.



    Before you use your CC insurance, make sure to call to get more information as they all have different policies. Some like Discover DO NOT cover additional drivers. Additionally, the CC representatives on the phone are often clueless, so you might have a hard time getting the correct information from them - be ready to get another representative or ask for their supervisor.
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    The big points you need to remember.

    1. You'll need insurance even with a rental car. If you have it already you'll probably be cool.

    2. (the big one for me) If you're under 25 the rental company is going to charge you an extra ~$25/day because they have no faith in the youth's driving abilities. Be prepared to spend an extra 100-150 over the rental price/day.

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    I also have no faith in youth driving.

    >>>Some rental companies won't rent to under 21 year olds.
    >>>You will need a credit card - in your name
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    Quote Originally Posted by C DUB YA View Post
    I also have no faith in youth driving.

    >>>Some rental companies won't rent to under 21 year olds.
    >>>You will need a credit card - in your name
    Dollar does rent to people under 25... the last time i checked Avis and Hertz don't.

    The Credit Card does have to be in the DRIVER'S name to be more specific.
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    Hertz rent to people under 25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbit View Post
    Hertz rent to people under 25.
    That policy maybe changed then, because a few years ago (before I turned 25) and started renting cars for various trips, they didn't. It's why I used Dollar. I use dollar now, because they offer competitive prices, and I know the B.S. to expect from them
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    To try and save on rentals, I'd also look into whether you have some discounts available to you, such as through costco.com (if you have a membership) or southwest.com (if you're a rewards member). Some credit card companies also offer discounts to their members. Finally, definitely check out some of travel websites like travelocity, expedia, priceline and orbitz. In my experience, they're usually similarly priced, but you can sometimes also couple their prices with discounts offered through costco or a credit card, to get a cheaper rate. Finally, if you're over 25 and have a credit card, priceline is a good option to try and get as low a rate as possible, with the "name your own price" thing ( I say for over 25 w/ credit cards, because you don't know which of the four companies you'll get, and I don't know their particular requirements regarding those factors).
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    I have excellent info to add-

    In the beginning post to this thread, I said rentals usually cost $30-40 per day. I went on Expedia yesterday, and they were offering compact and economy cars (dodge, neon, chevy cobalt, etc) for $19/day, and mid-size cars for the low $20s/day. These were LAX location's rates for Dollar, but they showed the other rental car services as well, and most were similarily priced.
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    I got a economy car from enterprise at psp just now.

    from Thursday morning to Monday night

    for 150 total split between 3 people....not bad at all

    and we are under 25



    went with enterprise last year and had no problems at all.

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    Read the fine print....
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    1. GENERAL RENTAL REQUIREMENTS *


    THESE ARE THE GENERAL RENTAL REQUIREMENTS OF DOLLAR®i RENT A CAR. THE RENTAL COMPANY OPERATING THE DOLLAR RENT A CAR LOCATION (“DOLLAR”) MAY HAVE OTHER REQUIREMENTS. THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE RENTAL LOCATION WILL CONTROL. CHECK THE LOCAL POLICIES OF THE RENTING LOCATION FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THEIR TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO RENT ONE OF OUR ELITE MODEL VEHICLES IN OUR “STYLESERIES ™” PROGRAM, E.G. MERCEDES-BENZ, HUMMER, JAGUAR, CADILLAC, BMW AND MINI COOPER, REVIEW THE GENERAL REQUIRMENTS IN SECTION #3 BELOW AND MORE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS IN THE LOCAL POLICIES POSTED ON THE WEB PAGE OF THE LOCATION WHERE YOU INTEND TO RENT. FOR RENTALS OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA, PLEASE REFER TO THE LOCAL POLICIES WHERE YOU INTEND TO RENT THE DOLLAR VEHICLE.

    1. Rental Rates: Daily Rental rates are based on a 24-hour rental day starting at the time of rental. The minimum charge is one day, plus mileage, if applicable. The renter will be charged for each hour and/or any part of an hour in excess of a rental day the renter keeps the vehicle until the vehicle is returned, up to the applicable daily rate. Mileage charges, if applicable, will be the number of miles driven as determined by the odometer readings at the beginning and end of the rental. In addition to the daily rate, some locations will charge you a one-time “early return“ fee of $15.00 if you return the vehicle more than 24 hours prior to the return date and time on the rental agreement; and, you will be charged a $10.99 per/day “late return“ fee if you return the vehicle more than 24 hours after the return date and time on the rental agreement. If the renter fails to comply with the conditions applicable to the rate, including any geographic driving restrictions, a mileage charge, surcharge or other rates may apply.


    2. Driving Age: The minimum age to rent a vehicle at most locations in the United States and Canada is 21 years of age. Please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on driver ages at the location where you intend to rent and the applicable charge for drivers 21 to 24 years of age.


    3. Authorized Drivers: The DOLLAR vehicle may be driven only by an authorized driver. An authorized driver is the renter and any additional person who appears at the time of rental and signs the rental agreement. All authorized drivers must satisfy our age requirements, have a valid drivers license, and fulfill our other qualifications, which vary by location. Employers and co-employees of renters renting on corporate rate plans, if properly licensed and meet our age requirements, are authorized to drive the vehicle while acting within the scope of their employment duties. See our credit requirements and drivers license requirements below. The authorized driver and any additional authorized drivers may be subject to a driver record check (See below). No other persons are authorized to drive the vehicle.


    4. Additional Authorized Drivers and Fees: All additional authorized drivers are required to qualify to drive the vehicle. To qualify, DOLLAR requires all additional drivers, including spouses, to satisfy our minimum age requirements, have a valid drivers license and pay an additional driver fee. However, the following additional drivers do not need to pay an additional driver fee or separately qualify as long as they meet our minimum age requirements and have a valid drivers license: (1) government renters on official orders, (2) corporate account customers on corporate rate plans, and (3) drivers/companions of physically impaired customers. The additional driver may also be subject to a driver record check and an underage drivers fee. (See below). Because the requirements vary by location, please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on additional driver fees charged at the location where you intend to rent.


    5. Underage Driver's Fee: An authorized driver 21 to 24 years of age may be charged an Underage Drivers fee because of such driver's age in addition to the additional driver fee, if applicable. Because the requirements vary by DOLLAR location, please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on additional authorized or underage drivers at the location where you intend to rent a DOLLAR vehicle.


    6. Credit Qualifications/requirement: To qualify to rent the DOLLAR vehicle, the renter must present at the time of rental a major credit card or debit card (See Debit Card Usage below) in the renters own name with available credit. A hold will be placed on the renters credit card for the estimated amount of the rental plus 15% or a minimum amount, whichever is greater, as determined by the location where you intend to rent. The hold will be removed at the end of the rental when the final charges are settled. Because the requirements vary by location, please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on credit qualifications and requirements where you intend to rent a DOLLAR vehicle.


    7. Debit Card Usage: If the customer presents a debit card at the beginning of rental to qualify to rent, we will perform a debit card check and credit inquiry screening through Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc. This type of inquiry will screen out customers who present a greater driving risk to us, using a standard set of criteria. The credit inquiry is posted on the customer's credit report and may have an effect on the customer's credit evaluation. In the event that a customer's debit card check and credit inquiry fail to meet our debit card criteria, the customer will not be allowed to rent unless they provide a major credit card in their own name. Our debit card policy complies with all applicable U.S. federal and state laws. Debit cards are accepted for payment at the end of rental without a credit inquiry. Debit cards may not be accepted in Canada except for payment at the end of rental. Since credit requirements vary by location, please refer to the Local Policies for specific information on the acceptance and usage of debit cards where you intend to rent a DOLLAR vehicle.


    8. "Key Ring" Credit Cards: DOLLAR does not accept the small credit cards issued by credit card companies that fit on a key ring. In the event that a customer presents the key ring credit card at the time of rental, the rental location may ask you to present the standard size credit card or another form of payment.


    9. Gasoline Policy: The renter must refill the gas tank of the vehicle within a 10-mile radius of the rental return facility and present a fuel receipt to avoid a refueling charge unless the renter chooses the prepaid fuel option. If the renter chooses the prepaid fuel option, the renter will pay a specified charge as set forth in the rental agreement and have no obligation to return the vehicle with a full tank of fuel. There is no credit or refund given for any fuel in the tank at the end of the rental. If the renter does not choose the prepaid fuel option and does not return the vehicle with a full tank of gas, the renter will be required to pay a fuel charge to compensate DOLLAR for the cost and service of refueling the vehicle. The fuel charge is based on the estimated number of gallons needed to refill the tank multiplied by the rate per gallon charge specified in the rental agreement. DOLLAR locations may use different methods of estimating the number of gallons needed to refill the tank and these methods of estimation necessarily rely on human judgment. Most DOLLAR locations estimate the number of gallons needed to refill the gas tank either (1) by reading the fuel gauge to estimate the approximate amount of fuel needed to refill the tank (for example, one-half tank) and multiplying that number by the manufacturer's specified fuel tank capacity, or (2) if the renter did not purchase any fuel during the rental, by reading the odometer to determine the amount of miles driven during the rental and dividing that number by the vehicle's estimated average fuel efficiency (miles per gallon) based on the manufacturer's fuel efficiency specifications. When renting in Canada, miles and gallons shall be kilometers and liters.


    10. Geographic Limitations: At most locations, driving is restricted to the continental United States and Canada. A Canadian resident is prohibited from driving a U.S. owned vehicle into Canada. Please refer to the Local Policies for specific information regarding geographic limitations at the location where you intend to rent a DOLLAR vehicle.


    11. Disabled Renters:


    1. Available Driving Aids: If the renter will require driving aids to operate a vehicle, please contact us at 1-800-800-3665. This will ensure availability of equipment and allow DOLLAR personnel to install such equipment prior to the rental.
    2. Pick-up: We would also ask that you call 1-800-800-3665 prior to your arrival so that we may pick you and your traveling companion up, if any, upon arrival at the airport. At most locations, courtesy telephones are also available in the airport to contact us for pick-up.
    3. Additional Authorized Drivers: If a traveling companion shall serve as the driver during the rental, please advise the DOLLAR representative at the time of rental and pick-up. There is no additional charge for an additional authorized driver for non-driving disabled renters.


    12. Driver Licenses: The renter or any additional authorized drivers wanting to drive the rental vehicle must present (at the beginning of the rental) a motor vehicle driver's license that is valid for the entire rental period. A valid motor vehicle drivers license means a drivers license that has not been suspended, expired, surrendered or revoked and includes an expiration date occurring after the end of the rental period. The following motor vehicle drivers licenses are generally acceptable in the U.S.
    1. A valid motor vehicle driver's license issued by any state, territory or possession of the U.S.
    2. A valid temporary driver's license issued by any state, territory or possession of the U.S.
    3. A traffic citation issued by any state, territory or possession of the U.S., as a temporary license, valid for the entire rental period (the court date being the expiration date) accompanied with a second form of photo identification with signature (excluding the credit card used for rental).
    4. A valid U.S. military identification card plus an expired driver's license for active duty U.S. military personnel in those states where active duty U.S. military can drive on an expired driver's license.
    5. A valid driver's license issued by a province or territory of Canada.
    6. A foreign drivers license* issued by the country of residence of the renter and additional drivers. If the drivers license in not in English, the renter and drivers will be required to present both the foreign issued drivers license and a current International Drivers Permit (IDP); or, if from Japan, a Japanese Translation Service. An IDP does not give a person the right to drive, but provides a certified translation of the valid foreign drivers license. An IDP can be obtained in the driver's country of residence only with a valid drivers license. An IDP (or certified translation) without the foreign issued drivers license is not acceptable.

    *If the foreign issued drivers license is from a country where permanent or non-expiring drivers licenses are issued, the renter and any additional drivers will also be required to show their passport, visa or other current U.S. issued documentation at the beginning of the rental authorizing the renter or driver to be present in the USA at the time of rental.

    13. Driver Record Checks: In the U.S., before we will rent a vehicle and when the customer arrives at our location, the customer and any additional authorized drivers may be subject to a driving record and license check with the DMV. In the rare instance the driving record and license check fails to meet our criteria, we reserve the right to deny the rental based on the DMV report. A list of our criteria follows:
    * The drivers have a valid license that is not currently suspended, revoked, expired, or surrendered; and,
    * The drivers have not, during the last 24 months, accrued 8 or more points; and,
    * The drivers have not, during the last 36 months, pled guilty or paid a fine for, or otherwise been convicted, of:
    o three or more moving violations,
    o two or more accidents, and,
    * The drivers have not, during the last 48 months, pled guilty or paid a fine for, or otherwise been convicted, of:
    o one or more reckless driving,
    o one or more accidents with a fatality or bodily injury,
    o operating a vehicle, or permitting the operation of a vehicle, without a license or without insurance,
    o possession of a stolen vehicle or using a vehicle in a crime, or,
    o failure to report an accident or leaving the scene of an accident; and,
    * The drivers have not, during the last 72 months, been convicted of DWI, DWAI, or DUI.

    If a driver wants to verify that their driving record meets our criteria prior to arriving at the rental counter, please request the "TravelCheckTM service provided by our vendor TML at 800-388-9099. TML will charge you a fee of $9.95 to process a driver record check prior to rental. This service is not available in all states.

    14. One-way Rentals: One-way rentals within the U.S. and within Canada vary by DOLLAR location and vehicle availability. A one-way drop fee will apply.
    15. Optional Equipment:
    1. Child Safety Seats: For an additional charge, which varies by location, infant, toddler and child/youth safety seats are available at many DOLLAR locations.
    2. Ski Racks: Ski racks are available at some locations where travel to ski resorts is anticipated during the winter season. There is an additional charge for ski racks.
    3. Global Positioning System(GPS): Many DOLLAR locations offer a GPS unit for use during the rental for an additional daily charge. The small, dashboard-mounted device is programmed for multiple languages and contains mapping details of the entire U.S. with nearly six million points of interest, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and tourist attractions. The GPS unit can be programmed to avoid toll roads.

    16. Optional Services:
    1. RoadSafe™: RoadSafe is a service offered by us at some locations for a per day charge. This service provides you with accidental towing, lock-out, flat tire, and fuel and battery service during your rental. Not available with the StyleSeries rentals.
    2. Electronic toll by-pass option: In a few cities, we offer an option to purchase an electronic toll bypass service for a per/day charge that allows the driver to bypass all toll booths and avoid electronic toll charges on all the toll roads in the city or state, as applicable; and, as many times a day as necessary. If you decline to purchase the toll bypass option, you will pay us for all unpaid toll road violations (including violations captured by camera) charged by the toll authority plus a $25.00 administrative fee per violation. If you have a personal transponder or account, it may not transfer to the rental vehicle and you will be charged a toll violation. Please be advised that some toll roads are managed electronically and have no manned booths. GPS units rented from us can be programmed to avoid toll roads.

    17. Additional Fees: At most DOLLAR locations the renter may incur one or more of the following charges and fees: (i) an (airport)concession recovery fee or off-airport access fee; (ii) an (airport) consolidated facility charge; plus, frequent flyer surcharges, and vehicle license fees which are the estimated average per day per vehicle portion of our total annual vehicle taxes, licensing, titling, and registration costs, and other governmental fees or charges on top of the daily rate and any optional products and services the renter selects. These charges are calculated either as a per-day or a per-rental charge.


    18. New York Resident Surcharges: Higher rental rates for New York City (Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens) residents renting in New York, Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia may apply as follows;
    * For Brooklyn residents the rates will be $77 higher per day.
    * For Bronx residents the rates will be $65 higher per day.
    * For Queens residents the rates will be $7 higher per day.


    2. LIABILITY, INSURANCE AND OPTIONAL PROTECTION PACKAGE


    1. Loss or Damage to the DOLLAR Vehicle: The renter and any additional drivers are absolutely liable for any loss or damage to the rental vehicle, even if someone else caused it or the cause is unknown, whether due to theft, fire, hail, flood, collision, vandalism, or any other cause, subject to limitations imposed by the law where the vehicle is rented. This liability will not exceed the full value of the vehicle, plus:
    * Actual towing and storage charges;
    * Loss of use;
    * Diminution in value, regardless of whether the vehicle is repaired or not;
    * All rental charges through the date you report the incident if not returnable or the return date, whichever is later;
    * Any out-of-pocket expenses incurred by us as a result of the loss or damage to the vehicle;
    * A reasonable administrative fee; and
    * Pro-rata license plate fees, all as allowed by law.


    2. Third Party Liability Claims: Unless otherwise required by applicable law, a renter and/or any additional authorized driver (and the respective insurance company of each) is primarily responsible for all third party claims of personal injury, including death, and property damage caused or arising from the use and operation of the DOLLAR vehicle during the rental. (To the extent DOLLAR is required to provide coverage, in spite of the terms of the rental agreement, it shall only be in an amount necessary to satisfy the minimum financial responsibility limits required by applicable law.)


    3. Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Where permitted by law, DOLLAR does not provide uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. In those states or provinces where DOLLAR must provide such coverage, DOLLAR will only provide such coverage up to the minimum limits required by law. In some U.S. locations, DOLLAR offers the option to purchase Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection ("UMP"). Please refer to the Optional Protection Package below for an explanation of this coverage.


    4. Optional Protection Package: At the time of rental, DOLLAR offers for purchase at the option of the renter, Loss Damage Waiver ("LDW"), Personal Protection Plan ("PPP"), Protection Plus (PP), Personal Accident Insurance ("PAI"), Personal Effects Insurance ("PEI"), Emergency Sickness Protection (ESP), Supplemental Liability Insurance ("SLI") and Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection ("UMP"). The per day cost, coverage, provider and availability vary by location, vehicle category and rate. Please refer to the locations Local Policy to determine whether SLI is required for travel into Canada and the cost of such coverage. The optional products offered by the rental company may duplicate coverage provided by the renters personal automobile insurance or insurance the renter may have through another source. Purchase of optional products is not required to rent the vehicle. Separate brochures available at the rental location summarize the optional products. We charge a per day fee for each day or part of a day the vehicle is rented for any optional products you select.



    1. Loss Damage Waiver ("LDW"): If the renter purchases one of the optional LDW plans, DOLLAR will agree to waive the renters responsibility for loss or damage to the vehicle in full or in part (depending on the LDW plan accepted). LDW is not insurance or an insurance product.

    LDW does not apply if: (1) the renter uses the vehicle in violation of the rental agreement; (2) the renter fails to remove the keys, or close and lock all windows, doors and trunk, and the vehicle is stolen or vandalized; (3) the renter fails to notify us and the police immediately after the loss; and (4) the renter fails to pay the charges under the rental agreement; or (5) other exceptions as allowed by the applicable state or provincial law.

    Before deciding whether to purchase LDW, the renter may wish to determine whether their own automobile insurance or credit card agreement provides coverage for rental vehicle damage or loss and determine the amount of the deductible under their own insurance coverage. The purchase of LDW is not mandatory. LDW is not insurance.

    2.

    Personal Protection Plan ("PPP"): PPP includes Personal Accident Insurance ("PAI") and Personal Effects Insurance (PEI) and where offered must be purchased together. PPP is not offered in Canada

    1. PAI provides benefits to the renter and the renters passengers for accidental medical expenses, ambulance expenses and accidental death benefits during the rental. If this optional coverage is purchased by a renter, the renter is covered twenty-four hours a day for all accidents, whether the renter is actually in the rental vehicle or not at the time of the accident. Passengers in a DOLLAR vehicle are only covered for accidents occurring while the passengers occupy the DOLLAR vehicle.


    2. PEI insures the personal effects of the renter and any member of the renter's immediate family traveling with the renter. A member of a renter's immediate family must permanently reside in the renter's household. If this optional coverage is purchased by the renter, PEI covers only personal effects with which the renter or immediate family member are traveling. The maximum Personal Effects amount per covered person is $650. The maximum total benefits that shall be payable in the aggregate for all covered individuals is $1,950. PEI pays covered claims even if the renter's homeowner's policy provides coverage.


    3. Supplemental Liability Insurance ("SLI"): Where available, and for an additional daily charge, a renter may purchase SLI at the time of rental. If accepted, SLI provides the renter or any additional authorized drivers listed in the rental agreement, with automobile liability coverage against third party claims (excluding claims by the renters and any additional authorized drivers family members related by blood, marriage or adoption and any other person residing with the renter or additional driver) for bodily injury, including death, and property damage resulting from an automobile accident in the DOLLAR vehicle, during the rental period, in excess of the coverage provided under the rental agreement up to a maximum protection of $1,000,000 combined single limit (CSL) per occurrence. The availability, cost and coverage can vary from location to location depending on the program details. Check with the rental location for details of their program. SLI does not provide coverage for uninsured and underinsured motorist protection except in New York. SLI does not apply in Mexico. SLI is not offered in Canada.


    OPTIONAL LIABILITY COVERAGE IS SUBJECT TO SPECIFIC BENEFITS, EXCLUSIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS WHICH ARE SUMMARIZED ON THE SEPARATE BROCHURES AVAILABLE AT THE RENTAL LOCATIONS. See the Notices below:

    If you purchase SLI in New York: In New York, for an additional daily charge, two SLI products may be available: (i) SLI with an uninsured/underinsured motorist protection up to $1,000,000 Bodily Injury per accident limit; and (ii) an SLI with a $100,000 Bodily Injury each person/$300,000 Bodily Injury per accident limit (a Supplemental Tier).

    If you rent in Texas: The renter may not need the automobile insurance offered by the rental car company. The purchase of automobile liability insurance is not required as a condition of renting an automobile. This insurance does not apply to any bodily injury or property damage arising out of the use or permitting the use of a rental vehicle by any driver while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in violation of the law.

    4. Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Protection ("UMP"): If the renter purchases SLI, the renter may have the opportunity to purchase UMP. UMP provides the renter; any authorized additional driver and anyone else occupying a DOLLAR vehicle while operated by the renter or an additional authorized driver, with coverage for injuries and damages caused by an owner or driver of an uninsured or underinsured third party vehicle. This coverage is excess above the minimum financial responsibility limits for uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage required by law, if any. UMP provides coverage for the difference between any uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage available to the renter in the rental agreement, if any, up to a maximum of $1,000,000 combined single limit (CSL) per occurrence. UMP is included with the SLI purchased in New York and may not be offered or sold separately. UMP does not apply in Mexico. UMP is not offered in Canada.


    5. Protection Plus (PP): In Canada, where available, if the renter purchases PP, it will provide limited benefits to the authorized driver and passengers of the vehicle during the rental for accidental medical expenses, ambulance expenses and accidental death, repatriation, rehabilitation, legal defense, emergency road service and mechanical breakdown towing benefits, and loss to personal belongings if certain terms and conditions are met.


    6. Emergency Sickness Protection ("ESP"). ESP is available in Florida to all renters who are non-U.S.citizens including Canadians who possess valid non-U.S. passports at the time of rental. ESP provides certain medical benefits for some sicknesses that may occur during rental periods of thirty days or less. ESP also covers individuals possessing valid non-U.S. passports at the time of rental traveling with the renter. Benefits include up to $10,000 per person for reasonable and customary cost of necessary medical care for covered sickness, including (A) medical or surgical treatment; (B) hospital services, supplies, x-rays and laboratory fees; (C) local ambulance and (D) visits to a physicians office, and are subject to a $100 deductible per person per sickness. ESP does not provide coverage for any sickness for which symptoms began or treatment received during the twelve months prior to the beginning of the rental period; expenses incurred outside of the U.S.; expenses for eyeglasses, contact lenses or hearing aids; losses incurred while participating in racing, professional club, intercollegiate or interscholastic sports; losses from an accident, cardiovascular disease, cancers tumors, tuberculosis, organ transplant, congenital conditions, deviated septum, cosmetic surgery, dental care, sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, fertility/infertility treatment, pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, and emotional or mental disorders of any kind; and losses while traveling against the advice of a physician or while traveling for the purpose of receiving medical treatment. ESP does not apply in Mexico.


    3. "STYLESERIES" VEHICLES

    We offer elite vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz Sport Sedan, Jaguar S Type, Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, Hummer H2, Cadillac Escalade and the Mini Cooper for rent in some locations as part of our StyleSeries rental program upon certain pre-conditions.


    1. Proof of Insurance: Unless the renter purchases the Loss Damage Waiver offered at the time of pickup, the renter and all of the drivers will be required to provide proof in writing that their own personal or business automobile coverage will cover both physical damage to the vehicle and third party automobile liability coverage. Many insurance policies will not cover this class of vehicles often referred to as elite vehicles so check with your insurance carrier before you make a reservation. Proof of insurance should include the insurance agent name, telephone number, company, policy number, and expiration date.


    2. Driver and Drivers Age: Renters and drivers must be at least 25 years of age to qualify to drive the vehicle.

    3. Credit Qualifications: Only major credit cards accepted (no debit cards). An authorization of at least 15% of estimated rental charges will be placed on the credit card at the time of rental.

    4. No One-Way Rentals: Vehicles must be returned to the renting location.

    5. Guaranteed/Advance Reservation required: A credit card is required to secure advance reservations. No-shows will be charged a fee equal to one day rental unless cancelled 24 hours prior to pick-up.



    * Revised Effective August 2007.

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    I'm in Albuquerque, and I've reserved a car (dont want to drive my own all that way), through travelocity, from here for a full week (tuesday to tuesday), and it came to $155, with fees. This was with Advantage, an intermediate size car (Sebring or similar). Another tip I can give is try to also look at rental places that aren't at an airport. Sometimes the fact that they're on the airport site causes them to tack on extra fees.
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    call me when you get a chance pete,

    i've got two other people even to split the car between the three of us

    then we can work out flight times and all that

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    a bump for people who need this...
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    I have a couple things to add:

    PRICELINE! I rented a car for a weekend to vegas, it was $14/day for a std car (got upgraded to a full size sedan when i got there, woot)

    remember to fill up before returning it, can't stress it enough.

    also, very important, return it on time. if you're late, they will not charge you an additional $14/day, but full price, even for a couple of hours you're late.

    If you're under 25, Enterprise will rent to you, as will Hertz.

    If you don't have a credit card, you can still rent, but they will put a hold on your check card, usually around $200, and you won't be able to touch that money until you return the card (sometimes until the next day).

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    To add to the below, most rental companies (especially airport) give you a 29 minut grace period for returns (it used to be 1 hour). After that you are charged for that extra hour of rental. Ask what the grace period is when you rent, and plan appropriately.

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeII View Post
    I have a couple things to add:

    PRICELINE! I rented a car for a weekend to vegas, it was $14/day for a std car (got upgraded to a full size sedan when i got there, woot)

    remember to fill up before returning it, can't stress it enough.

    also, very important, return it on time. if you're late, they will not charge you an additional $14/day, but full price, even for a couple of hours you're late.

    If you're under 25, Enterprise will rent to you, as will Hertz.

    If you don't have a credit card, you can still rent, but they will put a hold on your check card, usually around $200, and you won't be able to touch that money until you return the card (sometimes until the next day).

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    another bump for the still uninformed
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    For UK renters:

    I thoroughly reccomend www.carhire.co.uk. I spent ages comparing prices and looking at US websites, but this place was by far the best and cheapest, and all their rentals including FULL INSURANCE COVER, which is obviously a bonus.
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    Just use priceline. We got a car fri - mon full size for $97 total with tax and everything.

    Don't buy the insurance if you have full coverage insurance it is a waste of money.

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    Something else that's useful to know: if you reserve a compact car, the odds are *tremendous* that they won't actually have any, and will give you a free upgrade to a larger one.

    I've *never* reserved anything other than a compact, and i've never actually gotten a compact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aphrael View Post
    Something else that's useful to know: if you reserve a compact car, the odds are *tremendous* that they won't actually have any, and will give you a free upgrade to a larger one.

    I've *never* reserved anything other than a compact, and i've never actually gotten a compact.
    This has happened to me too. Both times I've rented in L.A. as a matter of fact. One time I reserved a mid-size, and got upgraded to a full sedan both times. The only drawback is you eat up a little more gas. But then again, if you're gonna cram a bunch of people in a compact car, the gas will get eaten up anyway. So accept the upgrade if you get it (they DON'T charge you extra for it).
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    It's about that time for another bump with the fest within a few months now... I don't think most of this info has changed much in the past year. Anyone that has good info to add feel free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yosemite81 View Post
    Just use priceline. We got a car fri - mon full size for $97 total with tax and everything.

    Don't buy the insurance if you have full coverage insurance it is a waste of money.
    I just did this too.

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    I don't really need to rent a car but it might be fun to drive something different. I'd like to rent something fun like a solstice or miata but those are hard to come by. Might settle for a Cobalt or Fusion.

    Was looking at Costco.com and they offer a free "weekend day" and XX% discount on rates for 3 days or more with some of the rental companies.

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