"Renting a car" Driving Tip by Ann75

Driving, Vancouver: 19 reviews and 21 photos

  Our mini van rental from Avis a few years ago
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  • Our mini van rental from Avis a few years ago - Vancouver
      Our mini van rental from Avis a few years ago
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  • SUV from Avis a few years ago...free upgrade! - Vancouver
      SUV from Avis a few years ago...free upgrade!
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  • SUV we rented from Thrifty Car rental this year - Vancouver
      SUV we rented from Thrifty Car rental this year
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A lot of you that will visit Vancouver are probably visiting as a part of a trip through BC/Alberta/USA. I would think that some of you will choose to rent a car and explore the area that way. There are many car rentals in Vancouver, you can find them at the airport as well as other places in the city.

We rented an SUV a few times ourselves in the summer time so the whole family (including in-laws) would fit in the car. We have rented from Avis and Thrifty before and we've had great experience with both car rental companies!

A few helpful tips when renting a car:

*Always make sure you check out if there is any damage on the car and take photos if necessary!

*Check if the inside is cleaned, sometimes it's not cleaned properly and they may charge you extra for cleaning fees when you return the car.

*Make sure you only pay what you asked for, some of the extra insurance may come in handy but most of it is not necessary! We never take the extra protection and the damage waiver and so far we haven't had any problems with it. This is a personal choice and if it makes you feel better/safer to drive then I would just add it on.

*When you live in North America and have your own car insurance you may be covered through that as well. Ask you own car insurance company what you might be covered for and what not.

*If they do not have the car you have reserved (or something similar in the same class) when you get there they should give you a bigger vehicle at no extra cost! We had that once, we reserved (and paid ahead for it already) a 7 passenger minivan, but when we went to pick it up they didn't have one available. We got a huge 7 passenger SUV instead at no extra cost!

Here are some of the most popular car rental places:
Avis Car Rentals

Alamo Car Rentals

National Car Rentals

Hertz Car Rentals

Thrifty Car Rentals

Rent A Wreck

Budget Car Rentals --> Be aware that there have been many complaints about Budget charging their customers too much,they have been in the media a lot the last year and there have been law suits. So, if you have another choice of car rental don't go with Budget!

Type: Car/Motor Home

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 27, 2013
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