are good option to consider when exploring new cities, moving or planning a
road trip and flying home.
can potentially save money by being cheaper than flying. This is something to
consider for out-of-state trips or moving. Those who want to explore new cities
but don’t want to pay for a round trip flight can rent a car for a one-way trip
and fly home. An economy sized vehicle for $60.92 per day (Autorentals.com). Renters who drive with a group can split the cost and save
money getting to their destination.
Those who are
making a big move to a new state can rent a truck instead of flying and hiring
a mover service. For example, hiring a long distance moving service can cost, on
average, $769. This price can fluctuate with moving distance, amount of
furniture and number of boxes required. In addition, one-way flights cost, on
average, $340 according to the Bureau of
Transportation Statistics. Again, this price will
fluctuate depending on the time of year, number of people traveling and number
of bags being checked.
For example, if
two people are moving from New York, NY to Tampa, FL, the average economy-sized
rental costs $60 per day. If those same two people moved via flight, the
tickets will cost about $282 (Delta.com) before checking bag which
is an addition $25 per suitcase. In addition, they would need a moving service,
which costs $750 (newyorkfloridamovers.com). The
entire move, at minimum, adds up to $1,032.
one-way trip can sometimes come with rental discounts if your drop-off location
needs more vehicles in their lot. The supply and demand of rentals at all
branches will fluctuate throughout the year. If you’re traveling somewhere that
is low on cars, you may be able to get a deal on your one-way trip. Inquire
with rental suppliers and compare prices on third party sites, like AutoRentals.com, to save money.
suppliers charge one-way fees. This fee depends on the rental company, the
pickup/drop-off locations and time of year. Renting during a busy travel season
may increase the fee because there is a high demand for rentals.
While the law of
supply and demand can save money, it can work against you and cost money. If
your one-way trip follows a popular travel pattern then the drop-off location
may have a surplus of vehicles in their lot. This scenario may require branches
to have to relocate their vehicles to other destinations, which will translate
into a fee for the consumer. Compare prices and speak with branch
representative to avoid a high fee.