airport tax, if you are renting from an airport location.
concession fee, for the rental company's booth or counter inside the airport.
stadium or tourism tax in some cities.
under-25 penalty if you are a young driver.
vehicle license fee.
loss or collision damage waiver (LDW): $20 a day, if you want them to insure the car, instead of your own insurance company.
extra driver fee, if you plan to have a second driver who is not your spouse.
-And don't forget the
fuel charge of $7 a gallon if you don't fill up at return time.
So the bottom line: Check fees carefully.
Anderson feels that websites should disclose the fees up front, like airlines do, saying "when you go to pay, some people might not notice the price, or even if you do you've already started the wheels rolling, and it's too late to back out and start over."
One way around fees
One way some savvy travelers save, if there's a free shuttle service from the airport: rent at a downtown or hotel location, rather than at the airport. Of course, this won't work if you have to pay a cab to get you to the rental desk.
But if you can rent at a hotel, you won't have to pay airport fees and taxes, which can be $20 a day in some areas.
That way you don't waste your money.
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