Cheapest way to get a rental car. Is insurance worht it?

Posted on 2012-08-30
Last Modified: 2012-09-03
Planning a week long trip to Vegas and need something for 5 people and luggage so I was thinking about renting a minivan.

I looked around and it seems like Hotwire has the best prices and insurance is only $9 a day.

Price line bidding might work but even at $30 a day compared to HW $37 a day the insurance cost may offset it since it doesn't seem like PL offers a deal on insurance so you are at the mercy of whatever company you get the car from.

Are there cheaper sites I can look at?

Is it worth the insurance? I have full coverage that covers me but I am just thinking we are dividing the cost by 5 people so it's not much for each person and it would prevent my insurance from being dinged if anything happens and no deductible.
Question by:REIUSA
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    My wife and I use whoever is cheaper between hotwire/travelocity/priceline/etc.  We rented a van for our last trip to Hawaii to haul the whole family around and we ended up doing it through hotwire.  My wife watched the rates for weeks to make sure that we were getting the best deal.  She tried a low ball bid on Priceline while checking rates (incrementing slightly each day).  When the price bids got up to around the same price as everyone else, we just booked it the normal way.

    As for insurance, if it's $9/5 = $1.80 per day and it gives you peace of mind, then go for it.  We never bother with insurance.  Our insurance policy covers rentals and I have never been in an accident, so there is no reason to think that I will get in one while I'm on vacation.  That's a judgement call you'll have to make.

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