so friends, i need your help. i have never rented a car, ever. we are taking the opportunity to go visit my son and the family he works for, flying from montana into philly, and being picked up there to go to the bethlehem/allentown area. we are flying in on a wednesday, staying in downtown bethlehem for two nights, and then need to rent a car on friday, travelling from bethlehem through the poconos, almost to the ny border to the familys lakehouse. staying that weekend, and then leaving with our son on monday and driving to newport ri. area, seeing another friend and going out on his boat. thursday back to the cabin complex, or bethlehem and then back up for the second weekend. home sunday, get taken to the airport monday morning. so, we need the car from friday through the following sunday, 9 days. guessing that the total mileage will be be 800 miles or so. have been told by my insurance agent that yes, you are covered, but you should still just let yourself be upsold with the insurance, because if there is an incident, the car rental companies charge you the daily charge for the car while it is out of commission, and that is not covered by your regular insurance. so, for a first timer...hertz, avis, enterprise, rent a wreck? probably want a car similar to a lacrosse, avalon, maxima. looking online, have found locations for all of the above in the bethlehem area, should i call the local locations, or use their corporate level websites? do have some discounts available through member ships, AAA and industry groups, but not sure if they really are worth much in the long run? does one get the booking going, and then ask what discounts are available? (that seems to be the best way for hotel rooms) because otherwise it seems that some choices are "unavailable". so, any hints and suggestions that you can offer will be appreciated. thanks!