Renting cars in the US and some major international markets my methods include Capital One, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Costco, Priceline, occasionally airline booking codes, and rarely, car rental agencies or major 3rd-party sites like Expedia.
Auto Europe, in business since 1954, has lately joined my portfolio, producing tremendous deals in markets that many of the above methods show no availability while the agencies quote outrageous prices. I have recently used them for rentals in Cyprus, Bulgaria, Macedonia (FYROM) and Oman where they were 50% or more less than every other option I tried.
Auto Europe works with major rental agencies, which are disclosed at booking. They provide rentals worldwide, despite the name, and include neighborhood locations as well as airport, another area where many alternatives fail.
Searches show options displaying the agency and package. Numerous countries have mandatory insurance coverage that is accurately reflected in the price, in contrast to other sources that often leave this out or bury it in fine print. Also of great importance, they seem to always offer unlimited miles. My Auto Europe-Europcar rental in Oman had unlimited miles while every other option, even booking direct with Europcar, had barely enough kilometers to reach downtown from the airport, with a charge of about US$0.25/kilometer above that.
Prepayment is required. Reservations canceled with 3 days’ advance notice receive a full refund.
Readers, what are your Auto Europe experiences? Other alternatives you like?