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fartness
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Car rentals

If I rent on a Friday and the place is closed on Sunday, but I want to return the car on Sunday, will I get charged the extra day (as if I am returning it on Monday)? What about if I don't know what time I'm coming back Sunday but the place is 24/7? It seems these are affecting the price of my looking.

I want to take a weekend trip to either Toronto or NYC where I don't want to drive my own vehicle. That's why I want one.

Lowest rental I can find is $27 a day for a tiny little thing. I thought there were good deals to be had. That seems industry standard price around here.



CylonRed
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It will likely vary - call the rental car company and ask...



pike
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reply to fartness

Have you considered foregoing the car completely? Both of those destinations have a fantastic public transit infrastructure.



Hall
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reply to fartness

If you rent the car at 4pm and return it the next day at 3pm, that's 1-day rental. If you return it 5pm, that's a 2-day rental. They MIGHT have a grace period of +/- 30-60 minutes, but don't presume they do.



runnoft
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reply to fartness

The meter stops when they check you in. If they're closed when you drop the car, you'll be charged until they come back and get around to checking the car in, so yes, at least Monday if closed Sunday.

If you're staying in Manhattan and think $27 seems high for a base rental charge, you don't want a rental car. You'd pay more than that to park five minutes in Manhattan. The good deals on car rentals have gone away since the rental car industry has consolidated sharply the last few years with the feds saying, Right thi$ way, boy$.

In NYC, consider Zipcar if you have a specific need public transportation won't meet.


AsherN
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reply to fartness

If you're considering Toronto, check with the rental company if you are allowed to cross the border with the vehicle.


Austinloop

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reply to fartness

Check with the car rental company about their Sunday hours. I have never seen a rental company closed on Sunday in any large city.



Hall
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Around here, most of them are except for the ones at the airport.



Msradell
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reply to fartness

Just rent it from an agency at the airport. They had very long hours, so you can return it when you get back!



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reply to fartness

I believe you are not allowed to rent at the airport if you are "local".

That said -- you may want to try one way trips where you would drop it off in NYC, commute around via mass transit, and pick up another rental when you leave which you would pick up another car and take that home. It's a bit more expensive since your doing one way instead of round trip but you might save money overall as you wouldn't have to pay for parking or the extra days.
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jester121
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reply to fartness

You need to be looking at weekend rates, normally pick up after a certain time Thursday and return up until noon-ish Sunday. You can probably get a car for $50 before taxes.

I'm not sure if it's still the case, but when I was traveling the east coast car companies banned you from driving into NYC without declaring ahead of time and paying a hefty surcharge. Too many people doing what you're trying to do, and bashing the shit out of the rental car.



habskilla

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reply to fartness

Make sure the car is back in their lot before they open.
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reply to fartness

I used to suck an extra day out of Enterprise when i told them i would return it on Saturday late afternoon and then just return it on Sunday when they were closed and none the wiser. This worked up until about 2-3 years ago and now the car is only considered returned once they process it when they open. I rented from Hertz this past December and they also have the same policy.
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SCADAGeo

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reply to fartness

said by fartness:

If I rent on a Friday and the place is closed on Sunday, but I want to return the car on Sunday, will I get charged the extra day (as if I am returning it on Monday)?

In my experience, yes, you'll be charged the extra day.

said by fartness:

Lowest rental I can find is $27 a day for a tiny little thing. I thought there were good deals to be had. That seems industry standard price around here.

If you have a Costco membership, you may want to consider Costco Travel.

said by Austinloop:

I have never seen a rental company closed on Sunday in any large city.

said by Hall:

Around here, most of them are except for the ones at the airport.

said by Msradell:

Just rent it from an agency at the airport. They had very long hours, so you can return it when you get back!

Locally, most rental car companies are either closed on Sunday, or are open for half a day (8:00-12:00 am).

The airport location has longer hours, but it is also cost more to rent from the airport location.


AVD
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reply to PhoenixDown

said by PhoenixDown:

I believe you are not allowed to rent at the airport if you are "local".

I rent at newark airport all the time.

As per the OP: Most facilities have an after hours check in procedure. It varies by location to location, talk to the general manager for the location.
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LazMan
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reply to pike

said by pike:

Have you considered foregoing the car completely? Both of those destinations have a fantastic public transit infrastructure.

Toronto's public transit is FAR fron fantastic... It's functional, at best. There's only two subway lines (A north-south "U" and a east-west line midtown)... The rest is buses or streetcars.

That said - most everything a tourist would want to do (CN Town, Royal Ontario Musem, NHL rink and MLB stadium, Art Gallery of Ontario, Eaton's Centre, etc) are within pretty easy walking distance, or accessible from the subway.

Unless you're planning on driving TO Toronto, I'd say you could easily get to where you wanted to go without a car... Unless you had a non-downtown core destination in mind.

NYC - I drive there as little as possible - Taxis and subway - parking is insane.


chip89
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reply to fartness

Wou don't want a car in NYC their is no parking and if you find a spot. Once I want there I my car I had to set timers so I could feed the meter in time.



Fir_Na_Tine
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said by chip89:

Wou don't want a car in NYC their is no parking and if you find a spot. Once I want there I my car I had to set timers so I could feed the meter in time.

Best bet it to park outside of the city and take a train in.


craig70130
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reply to fartness

All this grief for $27? LOL


Frederick

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reply to fartness

Yes, allow me to chime in also, $27 a day for renting a car in a major city these days is a good deal...


Frederick

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reply to runnoft

"The good deals on car rentals have gone away since the rental car industry has consolidated sharply the last few years with the feds saying, Right thi$ way, boy$."

I'd be curious to know what is meant by this if you care to respond. Or anyone else's thoughts. Thanks in advance.



pike
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Sure, I'll bite.

Over the past decade nearly all the major rental car companies have combined into three megacorps. You now have Hertz-Dollar-Thrifty as one, and then Enterprise-National-Alamo as another, and finally Avis-Budget-Zipcar. Hence sharp consolidation.

The Federal Department of Justice is supposed to enforce anti-trust law, thereby ensuring competition exists so that consumers pay a fair price. But many consumers, presumably including runnoft See Profile, feel the DoJ is just another corrupt bureaucracy offering its seal of approval to the highest bidder. Hence the $$$ signs.



runnoft
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pike said it better than I would have, but that was it in a nutshell. Thank you. I'm really not some socialist radical, but our government has become of, by, and for the corporation instead of the people, bought and paid for with campaign contributions and PACs. Corporate mergers that would not have been allowed in Nixon's day are routinely approved now. It's happened with car rentals just as it has in telecom.

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Frederick

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Re: Car rentals

Thanks for the response Pike and runnoft... Interesting.

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reply to fartness

Re: Car rentals

Most rental agencies have surplus vehicles during off peak non holiday periods. I've gotten as low as $15 per day for a sub compact with unlimited mileage via Priceline, that was 10 years ago though. The Priceline site scripts told me I was bidding too low, but one of the majors took my $15 offer.

Forgive me if way off topic - Passage into Canada is often prohibited if any non traffic arrests are within one's past. DWI, ancient Marijuana issues, shoplifting - or any similar convictions will often prevent passage. Not preaching, just that some travelers are not aware of this. Car rental firms will usually run your MVR prior to lease as well. A bad MVR, like a DWI or excessive moving violations means no rental. I've seen their MVR checker work in less than 30 seconds. Don't know how they can do it that fast, but they do. An online reservation is not a guarantee of car availability if a bad MVR surfaces at time of actual rental at agency desk.

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