I was searching for car rental rates for a Paris trip recently and was weighing my options as to whether I would use the shuttle from Paris’ Beauvis airport (serviced by low cost carriers like Ryanair) or rent a car. I am usually the type that likes to get a car since I like to go where I want/when I want without worrying about public transportation. While I was searching for cars to rent, I stumbled on the cheapest car rental rate I had ever seen – and I still turned it down!
The Cheapest Car Rental Rate I Have Seen
With airlines, it is not uncommon to have an airline rate that is under $1 for an international fare – with a ton of taxes, fees, and surcharges tacked on to get it up to what is more normal for that route. This could mean a total price at the end of around $600 or more – up from a $1 base rate!
I do not typically see that with car rental rates, however. Of course, they put extra taxes and fees on the rental car rates, like if the city is paying for a stadium or something and they want to pass the cost along to visitors to their city (looking at you, Kansas City), but the actual car rental rate is not usually as low as this.
When searching, I found that the car rental rate was only 56 cents per day! After the taxes and fees got done with it, it went up to $55.32. I checked with other car rental providers and that amount of taxes and fees was legitimate in that it was on top of rates that were even $20 for the day (so, that $20 was the base rate and then the $27 in taxes and fees). I couldn’t believe that car rental company was actually only charging that little, especially for summer travel in Paris!
I wonder if the car rental company(s) gets some kind of help from the airport to actually offer cars at this more remote, smaller airport location and that is why they charge such low rates? I am not seeing rates like this on all dates so it may have been some fluke. In the end, I passed because even though it was so cheap, I would have still had to pay for parking and dealt with Paris traffic. 🙂 The better option for us, that time, ended up being the shuttle to and from the airport (more on that in a future post).
For those wondering, this was from and through Avis.
What was the cheapest car rental rate you had ever seen?
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