Rental Car Tips and Tricks for Saving Money

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Rental Car Tips can help you have a lot of money when traveling.

Renting a car can be costly – in fact, depending on the size of the car you need and length of time, your rental could end up costing quite a bit more than your plane tickets. Get the most out of your vacation dollars with these rental car tips.

Look past brand names. National chains pay big bucks on advertising and prime airport locations, making the cost of the rental higher for you. Instead, consider renting from lesser-known companies, like Payless and Fox Rent a Car. You can find other companies based on location at CarRentals.com and similar sites. Expect to pay prices as much as 15 to 30% below those of the national chains.

Look for online discounts. Check coupon sites like CouponWinner.com for coupons for rental cars. If you’re part of a frequent flier program, or belong to AAA or other partnered organizations (like Costco), ask for discounted rates.

Stay away from the airport. If you can help it, don’t pick up your rental car at the airport, which can tack on fees that amount to 30% or more of the total rental price. If you can find public transportation or a shuttle to a location in town, you’ll stand to save some big bucks.

Over-estimate. It’s better to book an extra day or two in advance, then add time on at the last minute. If you’re travel plans are flexible, it’s worth booking the car for the longest amount of time you’ll need it, which could actually reduce your daily rate.

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Car Seat Safety Myths that Won’t Quit

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Check out some of the most common Car Seat Safety Myths

In belated honor of Child Passenger Safety Week (which was September 13-19th), Toyota and Cincinnati Children’s national education program, called Buckle Up for Life, has taken on some of the top car seat safety myths in this news release. When it comes to the wellbeing of our children, it’s worth taking the time to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to keep them safe in the car.

Here’s a rundown of the top three car seat safety myths.

  1. Used car seats are as good as new car seats. Care-givers need to do their research here. Car seats not only have an expiration date, but they are useless if they’ve ever been involved in any kind of accident. Unless you know a car seat’s full history and expiration date, skip the hand-me down and splurge on a new seat.
  2. Older kids can sit in the front seat. All children under the age of thirteen are required to sit in the backseat, regardless of if they have grown out of their booster seat. Refer to your state’s laws before allowing a child to sit in the front seat. Better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Children don’t need booster seats. Children under a height of 4’9” should always sit in booster seats. Because seatbelts won’t correctly secure the child, the seatbelt could do more harm than good in an accident.

Proper restraints and seats are just the beginning of the safety equation. Stop by Glen Toyota today to see our lineup of car that feature today’s most advanced safety technology!