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If you have an upcoming car rental...

#1 Post by SpacemanSpiff » Thu Jul 15, 2021 11:43 am

... you might want to double check the pricing, especially with Hertz.

I learned through a Disney fan-related website that Hertz, who had a longstanding special rate with this group, has basically yanked the promised discounting pricing out of existing reservations and adjusted them upward without warning.

I have two future ones (one with Alamo in October, one with Budget over New Years) and double checked, and they appear to be ok - for now. But, considering there are only really three major car rental consortiums left (Enterprise/National/Alamo, Hertz/Thrifty/Dollar, and Avis/Budget), I fear that once one starts doing something, the others will follow suit.

This isn't a small thing -- the current market rate for my October rental is roughly double what I booked it for, and the New Years' one is about 25% higher currently.

Just keep an eye on things, folks.
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#2 Post by Ritterskoop » Sat Jul 17, 2021 4:01 pm

Drivers didn't lease new cars last summer because they were not on the road as much, so the fleet of newish used cars that forms the rental corps was decimated.

But i didn't think they would raise prices once you'd made a reservation. That defeats the purpose of a reservation.
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#3 Post by SpacemanSpiff » Tue Jul 20, 2021 10:18 am

And, of course, whenever there is a scarcity, the scammers come out:

https://www.al.com/news/2021/07/rental- ... arcer.html

The article was originally from the Orlando Sentinel, but it's behind a paywall.

Here's all you need to know to realize it's a scam (and, BTW, never prepay for a car rental; it's difficult to get money back at best, and it limits your flexibility).
Looking to take advantage of record-high prices, fake websites are popping up, offering rental cars for cheap. The sites then ask the buyer to use a gift card or pre-paid debit card to pay for the vehicle.
Yep, the old "prepaid / gift card" trick. As soon as someone trots that out, run away from it.
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