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Hawaii Rental Car Checklist. We put together a number of tips that if used, will help make your experience a pleasant one. What you should know when reserving your Hawaii Rental Car.

Slash your car rental bill with your Airline reservations. I've been booking car reservations for clients for well over 20 years, saving money on your car rental starts when you're booking your airline reservations. Keep 2 things in mind: Watch your rental times, book your drop off time by or before your pickup time to avoid overtime/additional day charges. When booking multiple islands, you normally get a weekly rate whether you book 5 or 7 days. You could be overpaying by 2 days of rental across several islands over the course of a multi island trip.

During Peak Season dates & Holidays request a Prepay quote. It's not unusual to prepay and save up to 50% during peak rental dates ~ When do you know its a peak rental period? Anytime Economy cars are running between $175 & $300+ weekly, plus taxes. Prepay options are not just for the holidays, but anytime rates soar. We often save folks up to 50% on SUVs, Minivans and Jeep Wranglers. For a Prepaid Rate quote ~ {Use our Quote Form} {or, call 800-655-7989}

Start with a firm itinerary in front of you. One island, or multi island, have all location(s), dates, rental times and vehicle class all ready to go when booking. Book early, place a reservation at the best price you find. You're shopping around and you find an excellent rate, place a reservation. This can also apply in a peak rental period, prepay situation, if you find an excellent rate, check the early cancellation penalties. Often they're only $25. It's a little more of a gamble, but if you can save $40, $60 or $100 on that rental by booking early. And, if you don't find a lower rate, you don't lose anything and you will avoid sold out scenario's.

Smallest is not always the cheapest! An insider's tip: often the economy, compact classes are overbooked. This is not the fault of the car rental agency, people book these cars and simply do not cancel or show up, leaving the rental agency with a conundrum. A fine line these agencies walk everyday. Knowing this should give you a bigger picture and how difficult and highly stressful running one of these franchises must be.

Best value may not be the smallest car. You're searching for the lowest rate, this is typically the economy class. But, pay close attention, you may find the Midsize, Fullsize or sometimes specialty vehicles substantially lower. Car rental agencies have to constantly preform magic with a high stress balancing act. The smallest classes are typically the most booked and since there is normally over a 20% no show, no cancel rate, managers at these facilities have to figure out how to handle this on a daily basis. Promos: Alamo has Drive Happy, Dollar has The Lock and Low, Thrifty the Wildcard, Hertz the Managers Special. Other agencies have them too and when available we list them on our site. What you need to know for these specific promotions is, it's up to the management at the rental agency as to what vehicle class you're going to get. If you have 5 in your party, the rare possibility of a 4 seat Wrangler is in play, you must keep that in mind.

It's the little things in life that add up. I am often asked if GPS, car seats or insurance are included in the rental? Last time I checked, my last couple of phones were GPS enabled, a car mount and data plan, is all that's needed. You will have to weigh out the pros and cons of lugging your car seat(s) with you. Issues to consider are safety, cost and convenience. It’s an inconvenience but you will be motivated by knowing the safety rating, cleanliness, and what your budget can take. Many major US air carriers allow you to bring car seats onto the plane for no additional charge as long as it meets the guidelines of the air carriers. Check with your Airline. And insurance, well that's such a big subject, I have a separate article that covers many nuances.

Stop overpaying for car rentals! Has been our motto for decades. AA Aloha Cars R Us Inc, also widely known as Hawaiicarrental.com has been in business since 1986. We are here to take care of everything for you. So, you can use our advise or just contact us. We will do all the work, so you don't have to..

Look beyond the price. Think carefully about how many drivers you actually need, what an unpleasant surprise it is when you expect to have driving privileges for your spouse, etc only to find a counter agent with other ideas. It's often possible to have the same exact rate with a different company one may allow additional driver(s) on the contract at no charge, and the other may not. So, do your due diligence before you get to the counter, you'll be glad you did.

Why do quotes have estimated totals? The reason why you see estimated totals on most, if not all quotes is..... If Hawaii has a tax or fee structure change, it affects the bottom line of all existing reservations. Technically, if Hawaii passes new legislation, tax/fees can change at anytime.

One Way Fees. For convenience sake or just to see more of the island, consider a one way rental. Depending on the island/locations, expect between $15 and $85 one way fee. At times, we can waive Kona to Hilo, so please inquire with us.

Young Driver Fees. Drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 in Hawaii are allowed to drive and rent cars, they are subject to a daily fee. We provide a substantial daily discount for under 25.

Avoid the lines! Join a few of the major car rental's frequent rental programs. All of them have dedicated programs that will get you in and out much more quickly.

Early or Late Return Fees. By returning early or late, you change the length of the rental period and are subject to the agencies return policies. Two examples of rate changes: If you book a month and stay a week, do not expect a prorated week. Book a weekly rate for a 5 day rental, return a day early. Running a little late? Most agencies have short grace periods that allow you to return the car without a fee if you’re late by less than 30 minutes. You may have to pay a full day’s charge for optional items, like navigation systems and liability coverage options. If you must return the car early or late, call the rental agency and talk to an agent.