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First timer renting a car for 1 day.

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by dfalk, Jan 16, 2013.

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  1. dfalk

    dfalk VIP Whale

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    So I've never rented a car in Vegas (or anywhere in my life) but need to for 1 day while I am there. I am staying at PH and I see there is a Hertz there that I can pickup/drop off. Right now I can get the cheapest car for $72 for the day, is that a good price or should I keep looking? Whats a good price for a 1 day rental, and are there cheaper companies on the strip, preferably close to PH?
     
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    If that price is inclusive of all taxes and fees, that's about as good as you're gonna get on the strip.
     
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    Thanks, and yes that's the final price with all taxes and fees.
     
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    There's a Dollar Rent-a-Car at the Treasure Island.
    A "compact" for one day, with all taxes & fees goes for about $60 ... depending on if it's not a "high-demand" day of the week.
     
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    I am not sure of the prices on the strip. But we rent a car for the week every year. Usually a compact car at the airport costs us between $140-160 after taxes and fees for 7 days. This year it is a little high so far. We have a compact car reserved for a week for $223 after taxes and fees. We aren't going til may so it may get a little cheaper. Usually it is cheaper to rent in advance as opposed to walking up to the counter.
     
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    ~70 seems close to what I've always seen for a 1 day strip rental. You could look around at different hotels(each hotel probably has a company). TI seems to have a lower price mentioned above, but then it just comes down to how much convenience is to you.

    Rentals cars are very much supply and demand, so it can just happen that some place is randomly cheap on the day you need. Like the rest of Vegas, always a gamble. :)
     
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    Another thing to consider, I've gotten 3 day rentals from the airport (technically the McCarran Rental Center, accessible by a short, free shuttle ride) for less than $70 all inclusive. It might be worth checking rates for the whole trip. You can park free at most casinos when you're not using the car and it saves you the cost of transportation t and from the airport.
     
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    I just checked there and they are $50 for the day so I'll probably go with them.

    That's a damn good deal but having a car in Vegas would be a waste of money for me. I am drunk before my plane even lands and stay drunk till I leave. Staying sober for just this 1 day is gonna be tough.
     
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    Good deal ! Just another tip ... Even if you book that Dollar rental for $50, keep doing more price checks, especially on Tues., Wed., Friday nights, and Sat. mornings. Rental car prices go up & down, and the closer you get to your trip, you will probably see your price drop.

    I will often rebook a new price deal 2 or 3 times for a rental, and then just cancel the other one right online. There are no charges for cancellations, since you don't pay until you pick up the car. Just keep all records, confirmation numbers, and printouts.
     
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    Tell us a bit more about your situation, and the folks here might be able to help you.

    Since this is your first rental, do you plan on using a credit card, or debit card?

    I would also consider any agencies in hotels near your hotel.
     
  11. dfalk

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    Me and my friend need to get out to the Vegas Speedway for the day. I've read a round trip cab ride would be about $100, or you can take a shuttle provided by the speeday for $40 per person ($80 for the both of us). Renting a car for the day is cheaper than all the other options so I was thinking about going that route.

    But now the more I think about it, I really don't want to have to deal with going to pick the car up, then driving, then parking it for the night and having to return it in the morning. I think I'd rather just pay the extra money for the shuttle.
     
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    Not sure why you would have to return it in the morning, as most have after hours drop off. But, even if you did... not too big of a hassle. You did notice if this was a big event at speedway or what. Shuttle might have better traffic options. Will you be drinking? That could have an impact.

    Side perk of getting a car is that you can include your trip downtown while you have the car.
     
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