One Way Car Rental – We Test Drive Some Options

Posted on November 22, 2014 by in Avis / Hertz Car Rentals


A one way car rental can be an expensive business, as it's nearly always more expensive to drop a car off at a different place than it was picked up from.

We take a look at a few prices for a 25 year+ driver picking up an Economy car for a 3-day rental on 15th December from LAX and dropping off on the 18th December at Albuquerque International.


A Budget Economy car comes up an automatic Hyundai Accent (or similar) with air con.

For my dates for the one way car rental, Budget has two prices – if I 'pay at counter' it costs $404.97, but the 'pay now' rate is $364.47. I chose the 'pay now' rate and added on the fees to get a grand total of $416.75.

With Budget, you can purchase these extras:

Roadside Assistance – $6.49 per day
Supplemental Liability Insurance – $15.85 per day
Loss Damage Waiver – $9 per day
Personal Accident and Effects – $6.95 per day
Fuel plans at market prices


Car Rental Savers is a comparison site for discounted car rental.

For my dates for the one way car rental, Car Rental Savers found me an automatic Chevrolet Spark (or similar) with air con for $291.87 total including fees, with Alamo.

If needed, optional services like insurance waivers and fuel can be purchased when collecting your vehicle.


Costco Travel is exclusively for US Costco members. If you happen to be a member, you can save big on a one-way car rental with this comparison service.

For my dates for the one way car rental, Costco Travel gave me prices for Alamo, Avis and Budget. Avis worked out the best deal, with an automatic Hyundai Accent or similar with air con for $268.24 including all fees!

You can even upgrade to a Compact (like a Ford Focus) for just $16.15 total or to an Intermediate (like a Chevrolet Cruze) for just $32.29 total.

Even Costco Travel's Budget result was slightly cheaper than booking directly with Budget – $403 total.

Costco Travel also feature coupon discounts. Right now they offer $30 off a 5-day Avis rental and $25 off a 5-day Budget rental.

If needed, optional extras like SLI and LDW can be purchased when picking up your vehicle.


When looking for a one way car rental, we already know that it definitely pays to comparison search – and in this case it also definitely pays to be a Costco member!

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