Renting a car can put a huge dent in your wallet, especially if you plan on holding onto the vehicle for more than a couple of days.
If you're organizing a lengthy holiday or need a car for a two-month-long business trip, forget about booking the first rental car you find.
Take time to do some market research and then book your rental car knowing you got the best deal possible.
Visit Third-Party Travel Sites
Look into long-term car rentals through travel websites that regularly offer deeply discounted prices. Some rental companies boast of offering the cheapest prices for everything from airfares to car rentals, so conduct a search on a number of third-party websites for the best two-month deal possible.
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Also try online travel bidding sites. There, customers can name their own price for a car rental and often can receive up to a 40 percent discount.
Become a Loyal Customer
Some of the major car rental companies send out email promotions to customers who sign up for club membership, where new promotions are offered every month. If you sign up for membership, you might also be able to skip the lines and all the paperwork when renting a car.
Other companies offer rewards to its frequent renters. If you've rented with one company before, you can save from 10 to 20 percent on future rentals in the same year by booking online.
When renting a vehicle for two months, this can add up to a nice chunk of change.
Search for Coupons and Promo Codes
Search online for car rental coupons and promotion codes for discounts.
Also look for coupons in car magazines and entertainment guides. It's also worth visiting the social networking pages of the major car rental companies to see if they're offering monthly promotions -- post questions about two-month discounts while on these sites.
Use Your Frequent Flier Miles
If you're earning air miles with an airline, you can apply those well-earned frequent flier points to booking a rental car for two months.
Airlines offer their loyal customers air miles that can not only be redeemed for future flights, but for car rentals.
You might not get the miles to pay for the entire reservation, but if you've racked up enough points, it will definitely make a big difference.
Visit the Car Rental Company
If you've searched high and low and still can't find a good deal on a two-month car rental, speak to an agent or manager at your local car rental company. Simply explain what type of vehicle you're seeking, as well as the two-month time frame, and see if the company can give you a better deal.
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