How to Rent a Car With Priceline

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Unless you get lucky and hit upon one of the times of the year when rental car companies are having a sale, it can run into hundreds of dollars to rent a car for your vacation. One alternative to the traditional car rental companies is a website that is becoming an icon in the travel industry. Priceline allows you to bid on prices for rental cars, among other travel amenities, and will attempt to find a company willing to rent a car at a price that you offer to pay, in many cases, and will show you the least expensive alternatives that they can find.

  • Log on to the Priceline.com website. You will see portions of the page devoted to airfare, hotels, autos, vacations and cruises. Click on the portion of the page devoted to car rentals.

  • Fill out the text boxes in the form that will pop up. You need to name the city or airport that you will be receiving the car, the city or airport at which you will drop the car off and the dates and the times that you will need the car.

  • Click on the "Search Now!" button when you have filled in all of the text boxes. You will be taken to a page to wait while the prices are compiled, and then to a page with a listing of prices and sometimes an option to name your own price. This option is not available for all itineraries.

  • Search the page with prices to see if a price and car combination appears that is acceptable to you. If so, click on the price to reserve your car. You will be taken to a form to include your identification and credit card information to reserve the car.

  • Click on the portion of the page for bidding on a car if no acceptable price is available. You will be asked your desired car type, pick up and drop off location, optional flight information if you are using an airport rental service, the name and age of the driver and the price that you bid for a car per day.

  • Check the information carefully on the next page. You will have instructions for filling in other text boxes, including your credit card information. Make sure that everything is satisfactory. When you click the button at the bottom after entering your information, if Priceline finds a car company willing to rent a car for your bid price, you have automatically rented that car.

  • Print all information pages and acknowledgment emails that you may receive and bring them with you when you pick up your car. You will also need your driver's license and the credit card you used on the site.

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