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Tutorial: How to be a master car rental bargainer in BidCars! Do’s and Dont’s.

BidCars is the perfect place to find a car rental in Rhodes. You can save yourself a lot of money by using BidCars to find your rental car.

But if you are going the traditional way (direct contact to rental companies) then you should consider a few tips in order to make your life easier.

In this tutorial, we will discuss some do’s and don’ts when trying to close the best deal.


A good Car Rental bargainer, does his research ahead of time

This is very important. Know what kind of car you want to rent, and what the going rate is for that type of car. Knowing the average bidding price for the desired time period can help you receive more answers and get the best deal.

To find out the average prices for each months and how to make the best bidding please read: Rent a car at ridiculously low prices: How to effectively bid. 

Do try to haggle

The BidCars system is designed so that you can get the best possible price on your rental car.  If there is a car that you really want, don’t be afraid to bid low and see if anyone is willing to accept your offer.

Be flexible with your date and time

The more flexible you are, the easier it is to find a great deal. If you’re willing to rent a car for a shorter period of time, or pick it up at a different time, you’re more likely to find a better price.

Although the BidCars platform asks you for a specific date you can easily change the time period you are interested in, when communicating with the car rental company.

Propose an upfront payment

When contacting the car rental company, you can tell them that you are willing to put down a large deposit or even pay the whole amount in advance in exchange for a better price.

The policy of some companies is to suggest it on their own, but even if they don’t suggest it, you can still do it yourself.

This increases your chances of getting an even better price than you would get under other circumstances.

Ask Questions

If you have the time, you can ask several questions to the car rental company after receiving their offers such as:

– Is there a discount for weekly rentals?

– Are there different types of insurance policy?

– Will I get a better price if I pay the whole amount upfront?

– What is your no show policy?

– Can I save some money by renting a similar model?

– Which other cars should you suggest with the current bidding?

You can take the answers, as trust indicators of each car rental agency.


Be a realistic Car Rental Bargainer!

While it’s important to try to get the best  price possible, you don’t want to low-ball your offer so much that the rental company isn’t even willing to negotiate. If you’re not getting any offers, it might be time to raise your bid.

Find the “Sweet Spot”

On the other hand, you don’t want to overbid and end up paying more than necessary.  Try to find the “sweet spot” between too low and too high.

Calculate the “Extra Sauce”

When you’re calculating your bid, don’t forget to factor in things like insurance, fuel, and other extras. These can add up quickly and increase the total cost of your rental.

Avoid Last Minute Bookings

It’s generally not a good idea to wait until the last minute to book your rental car.  Not only will you have fewer choices, but you’re also more likely to pay more.  If possible, try to book your rental at least a few months ahead. This way you will have more choices and better prices.

Don’t ignore your needs

Don’t book a car that’s too small for your needs. You may end up paying more in the long run if you have to upgrade to a larger car.  Likewise, don’t book a car that’s too large for your needs. You’ll just be wasting money on a car that’s too big for your needs.

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