Renting a Car--How to Survive Financially!

Written by Larry Denton

Car rental agencies, along with other factors, have played a vital role in increasingrepparttar ease of traveling whether for business or pleasure. The ability to rent a vehicle of nearly any style, size and model at reasonable rates has been a boon to travelers, world-wide. The process of renting a car, however, can be about as daunting as buying a used car. You should proceed very carefully, armed with knowledge aboutrepparttar 135562 rental industry and information about your specific needs.

In short, there are four different kinds of basic rates charged by car rental companies: daily rates with all mileage billed extra; daily rates with a limited number of free miles per day; daily rates with unlimited mileage; and a rate that has free mileage over an extended period of time. Naturally, all rental car agencies charge different rates based onrepparttar 135563 size and style ofrepparttar 135564 vehicle, with most firms renting economy, compact, intermediate and deluxe cars. Tip--renting a car for a full week is often cheaper than renting for five days.

An important consideration when renting a car isrepparttar 135565 length of time you will be needingrepparttar 135566 vehicle. If it's less than a week, you'll probably find lower rates with a major, national company like Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz or Thrifty. For rentals of a week or more, you may get better prices from local companies, especially auto dealers. Be wary of local companies if you plan to drive quite a few miles; if you have a break down or an accident, they usually lackrepparttar 135567 services and support ofrepparttar 135568 major companies.

The basic rate you see advertised in big print in magazine, newspaper and television ads, are onlyrepparttar 135569 tip ofrepparttar 135570 iceberg when it comes to car rental costs. Surcharges (usually inrepparttar 135571 form of taxes) are sometimesrepparttar 135572 result of greedy cities, states, airports orrepparttar 135573 rental car company itself. Whoever is at fault, these nasty little add-ons can boost your total rate by as much as 50%. Sales taxes, airport taxes, concession fees, vehicle leasing fees, and drop-off fees often don't show up when you're quoted a base rate for renting a car. Renters sometimes find themselves charged other miscellaneous fees, such as a bill forrepparttar 135574 shuttle that brings them fromrepparttar 135575 airport torepparttar 135576 car rental parking lot, or an expensive fee for additional drivers.

The best remedy to reduce "contract shock" is to use travel agents, booking services and Web sites that disclose all fees in advance. Some companies are taking awayrepparttar 135577 mystery surrounding car rental rates by offering "total pricing" for their cars. Your total rental cost will be calculated prior to makingrepparttar 135578 reservation, guaranteed to be within one percent ofrepparttar 135579 actual rate.

Auto Lemon –Can Your State's Lemon Law Help You?

Written by Charles Essmeier

Buying a car is not like buying a radio; you cannot return it torepparttar store for a refund if you do not like it, or if it has a manufacturing defect. In fact, for many years, if you purchased an automobile that came fromrepparttar 135527 factory with defects, you were just stuck. You could try to getrepparttar 135528 dealer to repairrepparttar 135529 problem, but ifrepparttar 135530 problem continued andrepparttar 135531 dealer could not repair it, you were out of luck.

In 1982,repparttar 135532 luck of owners of so-called “lemons” changed forrepparttar 135533 better, as California and Connecticut passedrepparttar 135534 nation’s first “lemon laws.”

These laws, spawned by consumers who had waged tireless battles against major auto companies, allowed owners of defective automobiles to seek compensation or replacement withrepparttar 135535 help of their respective states. These laws swept like wildfire throughoutrepparttar 135536 country, and now all 50 states have some form ofrepparttar 135537 lemon law.

The specifics ofrepparttar 135538 lemon laws will vary from state to state, but in general, they define a “lemon” as a vehicle that:

  • Has a “nonconformity” that affectsrepparttar 135539 safety, use, or value ofrepparttar 135540 vehicle, and
  • The nonconformity has not been successfully repaired after a “reasonable” number of attempts, and/or
  • The vehicle has been out of service for a total of a certain number of days for repair ofrepparttar 135541 nonconformity.

  • The length ofrepparttar 135542 warranty period also varies; coverage typically runs anywhere from one year or 12,000 miles to two years or 24,000 miles. As previously stated,repparttar 135543 specifics vary from state to state, particularlyrepparttar 135544 number of repair attempts that constitute “reasonable” andrepparttar 135545 number of days thatrepparttar 135546 vehicle must be out of service in order to qualify. In some states, repairs that affectrepparttar 135547 brakes or other safety equipment need only one repair attempt to qualify as “reasonable.”

    Restitution is fairly consistent from state to state; it usually requiresrepparttar 135548 manufacturer to either replacerepparttar 135549 vehicle with one of comparable value, or refundrepparttar 135550 purchase price, along with taxes, registration and delivery fees. Some states leaverepparttar 135551 option of replacement or refund torepparttar 135552 manufacturer, but most giverepparttar 135553 option torepparttar 135554 consumer.

    What should you do if you think you have a lemon? You should:

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