If you've come to About.com Budget Travel, chances are good that you shop for the best deals you can find prior to each journey. You use the Internet to find good airfares and you seek out the best room rates for each night of your trip.
Do you give car rentals the same attention?
Many travelers operate under the misconception that car rental rates are all about the same, and that shopping is a waste of time. But rates do vary--sometimes by quite a bit--between companies and destinations.
Another truth: car rental companies reward people who make life easy for them and penalize those who don't know the ropes. What follows are five tips, in no particular order, for lowering your car rental expenses.