Frugal Find: Saving Money on Car Rentals with Costco

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      Frugal find: My husband & I rented a vehicle using Costco, through Avis. We reserved a 7-passenger vehicle. When we arrived, the guy took us to the very small lot and showed us our options. All of them were 5 passenger vehicles that he repeatedly said were the same class of car we had reserved.

      It didn’t sound right to me so as we walked back to the office to sign paperwork, I looked up pricing on my phone for the comparable 5 passenger vehicles. Over $100 cheaper (~18%). I showed him and then he gave us the lower price.

      Had I not taken a moment to look for myself and just listened to him, we would have spent much more than we had to.

      #94267 Reply

        You should complain to Costco.

        #94268 Reply

          How can a 5 passenger vehicle handle 7 passengers especially if there you have car seats or larger people? Sounds unfair to you. Glad you saved money though.

          #94269 Reply

            Bait and switch. Glad they honored price quote many would not.

            #94270 Reply

              Also, you gotta take pictures of every angle of the car cause sometimes they’ll tell you some little dent wasn’t there before you rented it.

              #94271 Reply

                Next time call Costco Travel directly while you are at the rental counter. They will handle it for you.

                #94272 Reply

                  We used Costco car rental as well. We lucked out with a bigger vehicle as they did not have our class of vehicle that we reserved. Happens at smaller car rental places.

                  #94273 Reply

                    Report to Costco. They may need to let this company know that bait & switch won’t be tolerated or they will lose their right to rent on their platform.

                    #94274 Reply

                      Yes, never trust any other but your own judgement!

                      #94275 Reply

                        We are our best advocates. Most people are trying to make the most money possible.

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