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So I went through the booking process online to rent a car from hertz and got a pretty damn good deal. But in the final ring up it says "MISCELLANEOUS LOCATION FEE MAY APPLY AT COUNTER". Does anyone know what this means? I would hate to get the price they said I was getting and then slam me when I get there to pick it up the day of my trip. Thanks

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Yikes. That IS shifty and a new one on me.
Seems like a phone call is in order, and certainly a back up res.
Meanwhile, perhaps you could share your damn good deal. That is, in fact, why this board was created.....also, specifying location would be helpful, as perhaps others have rented from there.

ETA: Is this a one way rental? A quick search makes it appear it might be so. Also, since it's on topic (sort of ), I also found this article:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30033404/ns/travel-travel_tips/t/cre...

riaesq said:    Also, since it's on topic (sort of ), I also found this article:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30033404/ns/travel-travel_tips/t/cre...

An interesting article. Its conclusion:

"Most of these fees can be avoided by pre-paying for your car through one of the “opaque” travel sites such as Hotwire.com or Priceline.com, or by buying through an online travel agency that guarantees its rates. But car rental companies are trying to find a way to stick it to customers with prepaid vouchers, too. I’ll have more on that in a future column. "

But I think most rental car website allow you do a reservation without any pre-paying. It's much easier to cancel the reservation without any fee than pre-paying, isn't it?

Binghuo,
Definitely.
The general consensus here on pl/hw is, don't do it til VERY close to your date. Because plans can and do change, and there are no refunds. When the deal is amazing, it might be worth that trade-off; but sometimes you can get equally amazing deals without using the opaques.

I rent from Hertz for all my business travel. I do not remember paying location charges. I always had good experience with Hertz. They took care of the car when I had a flat tire and I had to catch the flight. The taxes and other charges are roughly arround 50% of rental charges. To give you an idea, Here is the charges from 2 receipts.

Rental location : Toronto(YYZ)

DAYS/JOUR(S) 4 @ 40.00 160.00
SUBTOTAL/SOUS-TOTAL 160.00
DAMAGE WAIVER LDW/EDP 39.80
LICENSE & TAX REIMBURSEMENT 3.08
CONCESSION PASS THRU FEE 32.41
ENERGY SURCHARGE 0.88
AIR CONDITION RECOVERY FEE 4.00
HST/TVH 13.00% 31.22
AMOUNT DUE/NET A PAYER 271.39 CAD



Rental location : LAX

DAYS 2 @ 42.00 84.00
SUBTOTAL 84.00
CONCESSION FEE RECOVERY 9.90
CA TOURISM FEE 2.94
VEHICLE LICENSE FEE 4.18
ENERGY SURCHARGE 1.03
CUSTOMER FACILITY CHARGE 10.00
TAX 9.75% 9.67
AMOUNT DUE 121.72 USD

Tips:- Do not opt for gas. Its cheaper for you to fill in assuming you cannot bring the car back with empty tank

Rental car companies make it expensive to share the driving:

http://www.freep.com/article/20110508/COL21/105080370/Rental-car-companies-make-expensive-share-driving

They are very greedy now!

kkmekadba said:   I rent from Hertz for all my business travel. I do not remember paying location charges. I always had good experience with Hertz. They took care of the car when I had a flat tire and I had to catch the flight. The taxes and other charges are roughly arround 50% of rental charges.That all depends on the rental location, some airport locations are even more than 50%, others are much less. I have a rental at the Des Moines airport around the weekend of the 4th of July and the the basic vehicle is $80 - with all taxes and fees, it's $91.

In most case those fees would be similar no matter which agency you use at a given airport. Renting offsite sometimes reduces the fees, sometimes renting as a local can reduce the fees as well, but local rental may not carry unlimited miles (generally the case here in Orlando.)

Another reason to compare apples to apples and verify the total cost.



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