Car rental services often surprise their customers with quite hefty prices for their cars and additional taxes included, so here are some handy tips to get the best price for renting a car:

First of all, it is good to know that usually small car rentals offer up to 30% lower cost cars than the big international or national car-rental chains.

You can also look around for some promotional offers available in the region you are travelling.  Normally, new companies will offer start up promotions to attract clients and enhance name recognition among their potential clients.

Also, if you use most of the available online car rental comparison and search services, or car rental Smartphone apps, you will have quick and easy access to the best deals for car rentals in the area, as well as possible discounts for booking online or via your Smartphone.

Often the car rental companies offer coupons or discount codes on their websites as well, and sometimes they offer further incentives to registered and regular customers too. Certain ca rental agencies will offer you a discount if you are a member of an associated organization, certain type of card holder, frequent flier etc., so watch out for these offers too when hiring a car.

Always try to reserve a rental car in advance, and if you choose to prepay it, further discounts will be offered by the car rental company.  A good idea is to reserve your car for a slightly longer period than you intend, so that it covers the weekend too, because car rental companies usually offer some serious discounts for using their services on the weekends.

If you find it impossible to reserve a rented car in advance, then when looking for a more cost-effective car rental service you can always perform an internet search of the local services available, or use your Smartphone app to find one in accordance to your zip code, or address.

Remember, to stay away from car rentals which are located at Airport premises.  These can charge you with up to 30% more for the same car just because of their location.

Choose the smallest size car you are comfortable with driving and try to eliminate all unnecessary “extras”, which can load up the rental price as well.