When in need of a rental car, chances are you’re going to need it for more than just a couple days. Dollar Rent A Car offers discounted rates for rentals lasting a week or more. Depending on the region you’re traveling, Dollar also offers promotional sales on certain vehicles and rental duration. In order to calculate the average weekly cost of your rental car there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account.
As pay rates, housing costs, and general standards of living vary greatly from city to city, so do the costs of rental cars. For example, an economy vehicle rented in Tucson Arizona will cost up to $200 less than the same vehicle rented at New York’s JFK International Airport while a luxury SUV can run you over $300 more if rented in San Francisco rather than at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Every state requires different taxes and various additional fees be included in the final price. Reserving the smallest vehicle that will fit your needs will go a long way in saving you as much money as possible.
The fuel efficiency of the vehicle is also a big factor in the overall cost of your rental. The estimated mpg, or “miles per gallon,” indicates the distance a vehicle can travel while using one gallon of gasoline under normal driving conditions. Gas prices are also quite different throughout the country. Driving a typical economy car and averaging 750 miles a week, in Seattle you’d be paying approximately $75 for gasoline, $10 to $15 more than in Oklahoma City. The larger the vehicle is the less fuel efficient it’ll be, increasing gas consumption and the amount you’ll end up paying at the pump. The number of people and the amount of baggage in the vehicle is also a consideration. Extra weight can decrease fuel efficiency, costing you yet more money.
Given these factors we can calculate the average weekly cost of several rental vehicles in various U.S. locations. Vehicle mpg, local gas prices, rental rates and additional fees are all taken into account. Averaging 750 miles a week in an economy car, such as a Hyundai Accent, you’d pay approximately $490 if rented in San Francisco, as opposed to $290 in Oklahoma City. A minivan, such as a Dodge Caravan, would end up costing you around $410 in Miami, while in St. Louis that week would average over $300 more. If a luxury SUV is more fitting to your needs, a Chevy Suburban for example, be prepared to pay upwards of $1320 in New York, or less than $800 in Chicago.
Each Dollar location has a different selection of vehicles available so you might want to check online to insure that the car you need is currently at the rental location near you. The final cost of your weekly rental will depend on a number of location and vehicle-specific factors. Renting can turn out to be much cheaper than an auto purchase but there are many things that you still need to keep in mind. Keeping informed will make figuring your average weekly rental costs quick and easy.