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Renting a car over the Holiday weeks - Beware

Every year, I hear sad stories where travellers have booked a car / van over the holiday period (Xmas, NY, Easter) only to arrive at the airport and find out all the cars are sold out or you MUST have to upgrade to a more expensive one.

Many agencies will not ask for a deposit (makes you worry if they will then hold a car for you)

Even my favourite America Car agency overbooks

This time of year is also one of the MOST expensive rental periods.

My advice:

- email the agency just before you arrive and them how to GUARANTEE the rental

- have a backup plan - a taxi or private transfer agency you can call

What would I do:

- use a private transfer (very dependable) to your hotel/condo

- use taxis later or rent a car for a few days of the trip