Friday, January 12, 2007

One-Way Car Rental
The Snook and I are finalizing plans for our trip to the States in a few months, and one of the last hurdles is arranging ground transportation. We were hoping to do a bit of a road trip to Florida and then fly on to London from there, but the price of one-way car rentals is RIDICULOUS. As a last resort, I've found several great deals (not one-way) in Indiana with unlimited mileage. That would require us driving all the way back though. Have any of you done anything similar? Anybody have any suggestions?

(What I'm hoping to hear: "Hey, Kris, my cousin's been looking for somebody to drive his car from Indiana to Florida!" What I'm expecting to hear: "You're screwed.")

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It sounds silly, but you might look into renting a U-Haul instead. They do a lot more renting for one-way trips and may have better rates.
» Brittanie [www] » 2007-01-12 15:04:13
Something else I've heard of is buying a super cheapo used car (for less than you'd pay to rent, $500 or so) and driving it to your destination and then selling it for next to nothing ($50?) to be sure it goes fast. This requires a little bit of time and assistance on either end, but if you have family in both places, it might work out.
» Tricia [www] » 2007-01-12 15:21:44
I was going to make the same suggestion as Tricia. But seriously, you are going in a few months and you're finalising arrangements now??!! I'm going next week and I still haven't booked all accommodation yet!!!
» Rose Red [www] » 2007-01-12 15:31:01
It's just that we're booking the "round the world" tickets, and we need to know whether we'll be flying on from Chicago or Orlando. I'm not that anal. :)

I asked MetaFilter and somebody pointed out that you can get seriously cheap - like $60 - one-way weekday flights to Orlando from Chicago. So now I'm leaning towards flying down there and renting a car when we get there. We can still do a fair bit of "road tripping" in Florida, I think.
» Kris [www] » 2007-01-12 18:15:31
Do the flight. You can easily drive to Atlanta in a day if you want to. Prices of car rentals in FL aren't horrible either.
» miftik [www] » 2007-01-13 07:07:44
I don't have a cousin who needs the car in FL, but there are places that do that--hire someone to drive for them. you're allowed 'x' amt of miles and time to get there. It's true too...we've just flown r/t Indy - Orlando for $122. :-)
» Melinda [www] » 2007-01-19 13:35:52
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