How to Save Money on Rental Cars with AutoSlash | How I Saved $250 on My Recent Car Rental

How to Save Money on Rental Cars with AutoSlash | How I Saved $250 on My Recent Car Rental


Renting a car can be a complicated and expensive
process. Not only are there many options to consider,
but there are so many affiliations and discounts out there that it’s hard to make a comparison
to find the best price. Hey, how’s it going everyone? It’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In this video, I’m going to share my personal
experience of using a service called Autoslash, and how I was able to save about $250 on our
car rental for our upcoming trip. As some of you know, we’re planning to take
a honeymoon road trip to visit seven national parks in September. A big expense on that trip is our car rental. We decided to book through Avis earlier this
year since we’ve had a solid experience with them in the past and we get a discount
with them since we have a Chase Sapphire Reserve. Since we’ll be potentially driving off-road
at a few national parks, we opted for an intermediate size SUV. I usually go for the cheapest car available,
but this time, we thought we would get a car to cover all our bases. My booking through Avis ended up being $1185
for about 15 days. I ended up prepaying it and thinking we were
done. That is until I heard about a site called
AutoSlash and decided to give it a try. Before we jump into AutoSlash, if you’re
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consider subscribing. I first heard of AutoSlash a while back when
researching a video on rental car tips. I didn’t think much of it. I just figured that I could probably find
the best rate by searching online on my own. Then I saw other bloggers talking about it,
and I still was a bit skeptical. But I decided to check it out. So this video is going to give you a real
example of how we used the service, and how I was wrong to dismiss it as just another
discount travel search engine. AutoSlash is a website that performs three
specific functions. It gives you quotes for new car rentals. It can track an existing car rental and see
whether it can find a better deal. The site also has a ton of coupons available,
though I have to admit that I don’t think the coupons are as valuable since you can
have AutoSlash search for a car rental for you based on all the available coupons and
discounts. They even have a message at the top of the
page recommending that users request a quote rather than trying to apply a coupon manually
on their own. Since I already had a booking, I decided to
Track a Rental for price drops. I selected the rental company used, which
was Avis, and entered the confirmation number. From there, AutoSlash asked for the pick-up
date and also the reserved price. I was then asked to confirm the name on the
reservation. Next, it asked to select groups and association
where I am a member. This includes associations, credit cards,
loyalty programs, and warehouse clubs. Once I made my selection, it asked for my
email address. And that was it. A confirmation appeared, and I thought I would
see if I would get any better rates in my inbox. About 15 minutes later, I got an email. Surprisingly, AutoSlash found a lot of cheaper
prices. In fact, the prices started at $513, which
was less than half the price that I was paying for my Avis reservation. You’ll see that most of the lower price
rentals were with less premium rental car companies. For example, the lowest price was at Fox,
which has a lot of questionable reviews online. I probably wouldn’t care as much about the
quality of the car, except that we’ll be driving it for two weeks. And it’s a honeymoon. So, I decided to use Enterprise, which is
one of the larger and more established rental car companies. It definitely wasn’t the cheapest. But at $882, I was still saving around $300
from my original booking. Also, since we’ll be driving a lot of miles,
we wanted to have a reservation that allowed us to have an additional driver so that Fiona
and I could split up the driving. Interestingly enough, you’ll see that AutoSlash
accounted for my Costco membership when identifying this deal. The booking mentioned that I would need to
show proof of membership when picking up the car. Also, when I moved forward to complete the
booking, AutoSlash directed me to Priceline. I don’t know if they are owned by them or
just affiliated, but it was a bit strange at first. But I went ahead and proceeded with the booking. I will caveat that I ended up only saving
a little bit less than $300. Since there was a $50 cancellation fee associated
with our pre-paid Avis reservation, we ended up saving about $253. Still, that’s an extra $253 that can be
put toward something else. And AutoSlash did practically all the work
of finding the cheaper rental. I would say that I am pretty happy with the
results. Needless to say, I definitely recommend AutoSlash
the next time you are looking for a car rental. And if you’ve already booked a rental car
for any upcoming trip, I recommend having the service track your current rental to see
if there might be a better deal available. I know that I often don’t have a lot of
time to spend searching through every portal and discount code to save money. Having AutoSlash do it was very convenient
and easy. I’m assuming that AutoSlash makes money
by redirecting customers to bookings through Priceline. There wasn’t any visible fee tacked onto
my reservation for using the service. I think it’s a fair service, and I know
I’ll be using it for all my future rental car reservations. As always, I wanted to share some additional
tips for those of you thinking of using the service. 1. Always enroll in the car rental loyalty program:
Before completing a booking for any rental car, you’ll want to join their loyalty program. It’s a very simple and straightforward process
and is free. Doing so will help speed up the process of
picking up your car. In some cases, you can pick-up your car without
even stopping at the rental counter. And if you do have to go to the counter, it
often means a separate one for members that is less crowded. I also recommend downloading the rental car
company’s app before your trip and logging into your account. This can help speed up the process as well,
especially if keeps you for having to stop at the rental car company counter. 2. Unsubscribe from your notification: Once you
book your new reservation, you’ll see still receive notifications from AutoSlash about
discounted bookings. AutoSlash doesn’t automatically cancel your
tracked reservation, so you’ll need to do so by clicking on the link the email notification,
or by deleting the tracked reservation on the website. 3. Rates can change: Between the time that you
receive your notification and the time you check it online, the rates may change. Though I wouldn’t expect it to change drastically. It’s just something to be aware of when
using the service. 4. Research the rental car company: In my case,
I didn’t opt for the cheapest rental car company. Some of you might think I’m crazy for not
opting for the cheapest one, but I’ve had some bad experiences in the past with some
of the budget rental car companies. It’s all about doing the research and seeing
how much risk you want to take. For me, personally, I’m willing to pay a
bit more in order to get better service and potentially a better functioning and maintained
car. 5. Check out our video on rental car tips: We
did an entire a video a while back on tips for renting a car. Make sure you check out that video for more
tips and ways to save. For example, we discuss how to save money
by opting out of the insurance offered by the rental car company. This is especially relevant to those of you
that have premium travel credit cards that offer primary car rental insurance, like the
Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve card. So make sure you check out that video for
more details. Have you used AutoSlash before? If so, were you able to save money? Please share your experience below. Hope you enjoyed the video and found it useful. If so, please give us a thumbs up and consider
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and community. Until next time, travel safe and travel smart.