Plans can change on purpose or unexpectedly, make sure your vendor can accommodate potential date adjustments.
Drivers that add or remove days will experience price fluctuation. But, drivers that need to move their reservation, without adding or removing days, might be able to keep their original quoted price. It all depends on the vendor’s policy. Check with the representative during the booking process and ask about the effect of date adjustments on price. If they agree to freeze the quoted price, make sure the vendor representative sends a confirmation email stating that the price will stay the same even if the dates change.
Vendors have different price tags for different dates. Some dates are popular for traveling therefore vendors will increase their prices because of high demand. High traffic days are influenced by local events or holidays when people are most likely traveling in and out of town. Ask the vendor rep about rates leading up to and following the original reservation dates. Knowing the cost difference in advance can save the shock of a surprise price fluctuation if your trip gets moved up or pushed back on the calendar.
Using a third party site? Third party sites get prices from their vendors so rate changes will still occur. Making drastic date changes might require a phone call with the specific vendor to discuss the details with a representative. Ask the vendor rep if they can update the reservation and freeze the original rate. Also, talk to representatives about their date change policies to prepare for the possibility of a date change. Like mentioned earlier, any verbal agreements discussed with a representative should be reiterated in a confirmation email. If trip plans are not completely solidified then date adjustment policies should be a deciding factor between car rental vendors. Pick a vendor that can freeze quote prices or a vendor with low rates on the days surrounding the original dates.
Ask the right questions, prepare for any situation and get driving!