The last time I traveled, I was able to get a good deal by comparing prices and having one company match—and finally better—another company’s offer. Renting a car infrequently is great for people who aren’t normally required to drive.
In my area, there is a company called ZipCar that allows you to own a time-share on a vehicle. You share a car with other members of the organization and reserve it for the time period you will need it in advance. This seems like it would a more cost-effective solution than renting if it weren’t for the monthly fee.
Updated March 5, 2014 and originally published July 16, 2003. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.