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Angie's List:: Save Money on Car Rentals

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Families dream of spring break getaways.

You've spent time book a hotel, checking out restaurants, but one thing you shouldn't overlook is a car.

In this Angie's List report, KULR-8 News' Emily Nantz will tell you how to save money on a rental car.

Megan McCain and her family are flying to their spring break destination.

Once they arrive, they'll need to pick up their rental car

"It was fairly easy. We went on the website and looked for a car that would fit five people with two car seats so we needed a car with a third row," says Megan.

Renting a car is a convenient option for many families, but it's often an afterthought.

Doing some legwork before you arrive at our vacation destination can really pay off.

"If your plans are pretty definite prepaying is a really good option. You can save up to 20 percent if you pre-pay. Now, there could be a fee if you cancel so that's got to be a pretty firm plan," says Jeff Neiman, Hertz Corporation.

"When renting a car, shop around. A lot of times people are picking up cars at the airport when they fly into their destination, but you may find it may be worth a cab ride to an off-site location because they might have lower fees," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List.

One common mistake consumers make when renting a car, not reading their rental agreement before they sign.

Also, think of the car as your car.

"Treat it like it's your own. What would you do if you got into an accident in your car? You'd report it to the authorities. You would come back and let the rental car company know and fill out an accident report and go from there."

Don't buy unnecessary insurance if you don't need it.

Rental car insurance can cost as much as 40 dollars a day, and you may already be covered by your existing auto insurance policy or credit card.

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