Comments by Visduh

You may turn down rental car insurance and still pay for it

Regardless of the rental company, the charges for insurance coverage have always been very high, and had to be a wonderful source of revenue for them. I've never been charged for coverage once I declined it, but I have been on the receiving end of some hard selling to get me to buy. While it is a little off-topic, all this merger mania in the car rental business doesn't bode well for the consumer. Just a few years ago, there were close to a dozen players in the industry. But now, as pointed out, Hertz owns Dollar and Thrifty. Budget and Avis have combined. Enterprise how has both Alamo and National. While some of them continue to operate under all those names in some areas and airports, combinations are underway. All of it points to reduced competition, and higher prices (and higher profits for the surviving corporations.) While traveling over the years, the car rental part of trips often seemed like a bargain compared to hotel/motel room rates. Air fares vary widely, but seldom seemed cheap. Car rentals, when I traveled a great deal for business, were a mixed bag. Of the "top tier" of companies, I disliked Hertz intensely, but had good experiences with both Avis and National. Of the "bottom feeders" I had a wretched experience with Alamo and swore to stay away. Dollar wasn't much better. So, there is little surprise that Dollar is being sued. Hey, they do what they gotta do to survive in a dog-eat-dog world.
— February 11, 2015 8:37 a.m.

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