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What is the cheapest way to rent a car in LA for 3 months?

Asked by rskaletz (81 points ) June 11th, 2010

The problem is I’m under 25 so it always costs more, but does anyone know any lesser known places that rent cars for cheap? (I already contacted Hertz, Rent-A-Wreck, and Enterprise) and the cheapest price I have been quoted is $750 per month.

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forestGeek's avatar

If you don’t need the car every day, all day, you might try a car share like www.zipcar.com.

WestRiverrat's avatar

You might consider just buying a used car that you can sell after you are done with it. I have done that a few times.

grumpyfish's avatar

Ditto both above—I’ve used Zipcar in SF & Pgh to great success. Haven’t tried it in LA.

I know folks who have bought total beaters and driven them until they die. Much cheaper than $750 a month, even if each car only lasts 6 weeks. Not at all reliable, but it’s a good option if you don’t mind being stranded every month or so.

But yeah: the resale value of a used car is pretty close to its original purchase price after 3 months if you take fine care of it.

JLeslie's avatar

http://www.budget.com/budgetWeb/html/en/deals/monthly.html

Or, maybe hotwire.com?

Are you looking at airport prices? If so try something a location away from the airport where you won’t incur all of the taxes that are added on there.

If you work for a company maybe they get discounts with certain car rentals.

The Entertainment book usually has good coupons.

Your car insurance might get deals with car rental companies.

I just got through Delta miles a discount and 5,000 frequent flyer points for renting a car for a week at Budget. Or maybe it was Dollar? I would have to check, but I think it was Budget. Maybe there is a deal with the airline you fly with.

jaytkay's avatar

If you only drive occasionally then Zipcar.

Otherwise, buy a used car. As @grumpyfish wrote, the selling price after a few months will be about the same.

JLeslie's avatar

How much is the premium for being 25 years old? All of these people saying to buy a car, it is only going to be $600—$900 a month probably and it will be reliable. A cheap used car has a good chance of breaking down.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Don’t want to be a wet blank- – - – - BUT

Don’t you have to have a valid driver’s license for California to buy a car in California?

And get it registered.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@Tropical_Willie I didn’t need to, but I can get cars anywhere and have them registered in my own state by mail. You can usually get a temp tag to cover the time it takes to get the plates mailed to you.

I am covered by my normal insurance, no extra expense there. And if it is an old beater, I only need the bare minimum anyway.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Ok use to having used cars inspected and cleared for emissions at a garage in my state.

YARNLADY's avatar

@WestRiverrat You can only do that if you choose to disobey the law. California requires that a car be registered and driver’s license changed with in 20 days of moving here, and you must submit proof of insurance and a smog certificate.

When I was in Colorado to help my elderly parents for a few weeks, I rented from a local place called “Rent A Wreck” which rented used cars at a very low rate. Maybe there is one like that in L.A.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@YARNLADY It was my understanding that @rskaletz was going for only three months. And then was going to return to her own home state, in which case it would not be a violation of the law.

YARNLADY's avatar

@WestRiverrat What you say would be true if the driver brought a car he already owned in the state for three months, but to buy one here, all the California state regulations must be followed.

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