14562 days ago
I learned this trick in Orlando Florida while looking for a really cheap deal on a nice vehicle. I know for certain this works at airports, not sure about your local rental companies.
Go to one of your favorite online travel brokers, I personally use Expedia or Kayak, but I am sure any of them will do since this is not where the best deal comes into place. No matter what you want, book the cheapest vehicle available. Arrive at your destination, go through the process, and then wait for them to give you your vehicle inspection, it is at this time you are going to ask them what else do they have that is a little bigger.
Upgrade prices are about 50% off, once you are on the lot to pick up your reservation, they are also upgraded from the current price you have locked in for the smaller vehicle. So, for example, lets say you want a Ford Expedition, the retail price might be $100 per day, but instead you rented a Toyota Corolla for $20, once you are on the lot, you may be able to get that Ford Expedition for between $45-70.
The key is to book a cheap car you don’t want and then let them upsell you when it is time to pick up your keys.
Please make sure you are not traveling on a weekend or time period where car rentals may be an issue. I stayed in Houston one time where almost all available rentals were booked up, so make sure you aren’t going to get stuck with the smaller rental you might not be happy with.
Good luck on your next car rental, if you learn or know of any other tricks, please use the contact us page to let us know.