The Car Rental Insurance "Scam"
Of course, the first thing they talk about is the insurance options. I think this is the biggest ‘thing’ when it comes to renting a vehicle. You should know that you DO NOT have to buy this. For most people, their auto insurance, including collision coverage, extends to your rental. If you are not sure, check with your agent. Next, YES, if you rent with your credit card, depending on the card, you might be covered too with either primary or secondary coverage. Lastly, you can purchase insurance from another third party provider. There are companies out there that offer travel insurance for way less than what you would get at the counter. The only thing we will recommend to you, is that you do purchase our windshield protection. Given the amount of gravel roads in Montana, there are rocks EVERYWHERE. Even on roads that are paved and you don’t expect. If you are unsure about your insurance options, give us a call at 406-530-5337. We would be happy to talk to you.
I will say that we have seen both sides of this. We have had guests that have bought the additional insurance and used it. It saved them thousands of dollars. We have also had guests who did not purchase it and wish they had.
The Car Rental Upgrade "Scam"
The Car Rental Gas "Scam"
This one is rather simple. We will give you the Jeep with a full tank of gas. Please return it with a full tank of gas. We don’t have hidden fees here but we will be direct, we will charge you the price of the gas to fill it up and a small fee for our time. But no way are we charging you $10 a gallon for gas. Unless gas becomes $10 a gallon, but we aren’t there yet. We don’t offer a prepay option or anything else. We can also share the receipt with you so you can be sure we aren’t pulling anything “weird”.
The Car Rental Child Seat "Scam"
This one is easy. We aren’t going to force you to pay to protect your child. We have a baby girl. Scratch that, as of this writing she is saying she is a “big” girl. Traveling with a car seat is a pain and you shouldn’t have to do it i f you don’t need to. Child seats and boosters are free. Call us to discuss. 406-530-5337.
All the Hidden Fees in Car Rentals
We do not charge any ‘hidden’ fees. the price you see when you check out online is what you will see when you are done. The only thing that changes the price is if you extend your trip and decide to keep the Jeep for a day or more. The only ‘fees’ that we can’t control is the tax and the Airport concession fee. This is just money that we collect that goes directly to the state and to the airport. If you really want to avoid that airport fee, give us a call. Generally, the fee comes out to a little less than or just as much as an Uber. We can help you figure that out if you give us a call.