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Old May 20, 10, 2:55 am
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LAX Car rental

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I'm going to rent a car for two weeks in august and the cheapest company seems to be Dollar. I'm just wondering what is the difference between their ICAR and IDAR car classes? If I understand right, they both are intermediates, but what does the C or D mean? The price difference is only a few dollars, but if the cars are the same, I will of course choose the cheaper one (ICAR)...
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Old May 20, 10, 8:56 pm
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Welcome to Flyertalk. I could be wrong but I think the IDAR is reserved for Intermediate SUVs that don't otherwise fit the SUV category. An example would be the Kia Rondo.
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Old May 24, 10, 1:42 am
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Welcome to Flyertalk. I could be wrong but I think the IDAR is reserved for Intermediate SUVs that don't otherwise fit the SUV category. An example would be the Kia Rondo.
Actually, that would be IFAR--the F ostensibly standing for Four-wheel-drive.

ICAR is a standard Intermediate CAR. Technically, the IDAR code stands for Intermediate two-Door CAR and is used to differentiate two- and four-door cars in various booking classes. However, there are not too many two-door cars around anymore, and so the code is not always applied consistently.

So, for all intents and purposes, -DAR and -CAR are interchangeable. If you really need four doors, though, and the price is the same, go for the -CAR option--not that it'll do anything, but it'll make you feel better (and may help you should you need to register your dissatisfaction with Customer Care later).
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Old May 24, 10, 7:32 pm
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Thanks for putting me straight Jackal, you do know your rental cars.
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Old May 25, 10, 1:51 am
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Originally Posted by CMK10 View Post
Thanks for putting me straight Jackal, you do know your rental cars.
Well, in all fairness to you, what I know is largely limited to the forum in which I am currently posting.

Also, I had a friend recently doing a LARGE amount of research into different rental agency booking codes (e.g. CCAR, SFAR, Group W, etc.) for a project. There is little to no consistency among brands not only for type of car but also for what a given size is called in the booking engine. It's probably more confusing than the lack of standardization in airline fare codes (e.g. G, T, M, etc.)!
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Old May 25, 10, 5:06 am
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Thank you, seems that it was even simpler than what I thought.
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