Old Jun 17, 10, 5:47 am
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Originally Posted by LeoKarlo View Post
You should have checked the rules and restrictions of your car rental company first! And don't be lured by the cheap advertisement. There are some car rentals that have hidden charges. Try to go a transparent car rental company that gives you fixed figures. Alternately, you can check different car rentals company and compare prices and services.
Reading the OP's post, I don't get the impression there were any hidden charges. The one-way drop fee was noted to the OP at the time he attempted to make the reservation--it just wasn't displayed on the initial page (where you select the size of vehicle and see the base pre-tax rate), instead being noted on the last page (where you are shown the total price including taxes).

Actually, if anything, Dollar's method is MORE transparent than the other companies, who hide the one-way fee within the rental rate, making it harder to see the true cost of the one-way. With Dollar's method, you can easily see what the difference is between a normal and one-way rental without any extra clicking.

Dollar's method also often works out cheaper for longer rentals, since a flat fee doesn't increase with length of rental. This instance--a $500 fee for a couple hundred miles--is kind of extreme (and likely has some to do with hassles involving cross-border transactions, or simply that Dollar is currently trying to discourage rentals in that direction because of a fleet imbalance), but I've seen a 400-mile rental with a drop fee of only $150, which was great for a two-week-long rental (the drop fee was half of what other agencies were charging--$20/day extra times 14 days).
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