How to Rent a Car for a Week

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Renting a car for the week might be less expensive that renting by the day.
Renting a car for the week might be less expensive that renting by the day. (Image: Red cars image by Catabu from Fotolia.com)

To rent a car for a week can be less expensive than a daily rental. Some agencies offer deals for customers during particular times to encourage sales. Renting a car for a week works similar to renting per-day. For instance, you must provide payment and your driver's license. The amount of gasoline youw will use for a larger vehicle sholuld be considered. You might find weekly rentals for a sport utility vehicle more expensive in more ways than one.

Things You'll Need

  • Driver's license
  • Credit card

Pick the car rental agency that has th best options for what you need. There are many national chains like Budget, Enterprise and Thrifty. It is prudent to research cars available for rent with high fuel-efficiency standards to keep your fuel costs down. LowFares.com is a resource that can help you locate the best weekly car rental option for your needs.

Inquire about weekly rates. Find out if you can save money beginning your rental period on a weekday or on the weekend.

Provide your driver's license along with contact information. You will need to provide your address, telephone number and e-mail.

Look over the car you will be renting for damage. You should do an inspection of the vehicle before you sign any paperwork. The rental company representative should inspect the vehicle with you.

Pay to rent a car for a week. Provide your credit card to reserve the car rental for a week. Determine whether you should acquire insurance from the agency as well. Sometimes, your credit card covers car rental accidents or your car insurance company may provide protection. Check with each entity. You will be required to sign an agreement before you receive the keys.

Obtain a print out receipt for your weekly rental. Review the drop off details, such as the time it must be returned to avoid extra fees.

Tips & Warnings

  • Airport locations tend to be higher due the convenience factor, so you may opt to rent elsewhere.
  • Make sure to fill up the gas tank before returning the rental to avoid surcharge fee.

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