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Suggestions for car rentals for a week?

Washington, DC
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Suggestions for car rentals for a week?

I'm a little shocked at the price of weekly car (modest - compact/economy) looking via Kayak and through AAA. Is there a trick I am missing? I am staying at a hotel with a shuttle from the airport coming and going, and was going to pick up and drop off car from hotel, and I guess cab back to airport. Is it just that expensive in florida in the summer?

I do need a car at least some of that time as I will be visiting friends outside of the area for part of the trip.

Your car rental tips are appreciated!

Melbourne, Florida
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1. Re: Suggestions for car rentals for a week?

Even tho you are visiting Tampa you might try researching or reposting this on the Orlando forum. Many visitors use that forum and can usually help. The one thing I can think of is are they trying to give you the Sun Pass toll program? I would ask on this forum where the cashless tolls are on the gulf coast. I think there is only 1 in that area. Most of Florida you can pay cash at the tolls except Miami which is almost all cashless and you have to have Sun Pass. Just an FYI, if visiting for the beaches, Tampa is a good 45 minutes to the nearest beaches.

St. Pete Beach...
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2. Re: Suggestions for car rentals for a week?

You can look at the MAJOR car rental companies that have an off airport site location as well as on site. It will save some money on the extra fees. There are many, many complaints about rentals that are not the major car rental companies. AAA, Costco, company/corporate discounts, military, all offer lower rates. DO NOT pay for sunpass, there is a big push from the car companies to have you sign up for the toll plate. They frighten people with stories of tolls being only cashless. This is not true. There are only 2 cashless toll roads in the Tampa area and you will not be on them.

3. Re: Suggestions for car rentals for a week?

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