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FTC: Factor in fees before reserving rental car

'Pay attention to fees before you reserve your rental car,' FTC says

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – When looking for a rental car, you likely compare prices online before making a reservation.

But the Federal Trade Commission says it's important you compare the total cost, not just the advertised rate, as added fees can increase the base price.

"Pay attention to fees before you reserve your rental car to avoid surprises when you're at the rental counter or paying your bill," FTC Consumer Education Specialist Colleen Tressler wrote in a post Tuesday on the FTC's Consumer Information Blog.

According to the FTC, common fees include:

  • Taxes 
  • Early or late return fees
  • Airport surcharges
  • Fuel charges
  • Out-of-state charges
  • Equipment-rental fees
  • Additional drivers
  • Drop-off fees
  • Tolls

Click here for more tips from the FTC on renting a car.


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