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Cheapest way to rent a car based on your needs

Need a car for a weekend? How should you navigate finding the right car rental dealership? Should you car-share or compare between car rental companies?

There are options everywhere that offer up rental cars are different prices, from booking one online to going into a brick-and-mortar shop, how can you be sure you’re getting the best deal?

Steer away from airport rentals if you’re looking for something affordable. Though they may be convenient when you’re travelling, they will not offer you the best bang for your buck.

First, you need to decide what type of car will best suit your needs.


The compact car rental will best suit drivers needing short, quick trips. Perhaps you need to zip across the city for a meeting, or out to the suburbs to visit family on short notice. You might get a really tiny car, but it’ll be cheap!

For this short-term purpose, it will be more cost effective to sign up for a car-sharing service that has cars planted in convenient municipal parking lots.

Companies like car2go and ZipCar include insurance, parking and gas in their relatively low prices. Rent these compact cars by the “minute, hour, or day.”

Great flexibility with parking packages make these short-term car rentals a good bang for your buck!


So now you need to travel a farther distance, perhaps city hopping or getting away for a weekend. You might have more than a passenger or two, with luggage and the like.

If you’re looking for a midsize car, SUV or van, consider shopping around for the best prices. Looking at sites that compare options (Kayak, Expedia or others) allow you to see the differences between rental companies. You can reserve your car through the site as well.


Ah, looks like you just found the perfect apartment and need a cube-van or moving truck to transport all your things. This is where I would stick to the tried and true U-Haul or Budget options. Try to find offers that include the kilometres in the total price, especially if you’re going to be driving quite a distance.

These sites have discounts available for long distances and business needs.


If you don’t have insurance, because you don’t own a car, ask your parents to add you to their insurance policy so you won’t have to pay the extra cost of insurance on the rental. Maintain a good driving record and you can expect to rent a car for the advertised price.