Costco car rental is a very popular service Costo offers to it members.
It’s part of Costco’s range of travel products they offer. When you travel, you may need to rent a car to get around. It’s a smart choice when you are in places where public transportation isn’t very good, or you want to go off the beaten path a little, or you simply don’t want to take taxi’s or public transportation around, which can sometimes be pretty expensive.
Today I wanted to go over what Costco car rental is all about and the type of car service they offer. After all, not every car renting place is the same. Costco generally provides services that are a bit cheaper than typical services you may find elsewhere, and that’s because you are a paying member with your Costco membership, and Costco kind of “rewards” you with cheaper services in that sense. But let’s see if thats the case.
Just one thing to note before I get into my Costco car rental review, and that is that to use Costco’s car renting service, you need to be a member with Costco.
Costco Travel Car Rental Service
So Costco offers a lot of other services beyond being a grocery store, as you already know I’m sure. One of their biggest services they offer is travel. With travel, renting a car is a fairly big service many people need in order to have that amazing vacation they’v always been dreaming of.
Car rentals are fairly straight forward in that you need to make your arrangements for your vehicle and you’ll get instructions on how to proceed with obtaining your vehicle when you get to your destination – wherever that may be.
How Car Rental With Costco Works:
It’s very similar to other car rental services. If you’ve ever booked a car with other companies that offer car rentals, then you’ll find the process very similar.
- The first thing you need to do is fill in your car rental criteria into a form that Costco provides you on their website. It’s very simple, as all you need to do is choose your pickup and drop off location. You can use an address or zip or city name to fill this detail out.
- Then Costo will search its partners to find the cheapest deal they can find for you. They will search current deals and coupons available and will return a search result of the best car rental rates for your selected dates.
Costco uses Alamo, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise as partners to find you car rentals. You’ve probably heard of a few of them, if not all of them before. They are very popular car rental companies. I think it’s always good to go with a company that’s been around for awhile. They seem to be better at working out kinks and in my opinion, better at trying to please you instead of small companies that can’t take the “hit” sometimes when things go bad.
Vehicles You Can Rent With Costco Travel
The vehicles available for rent is just about anything you would want in a travel car rental. Big car companies will have a wide variety of cars for rent, and since Costco partners with large companies for their car rental service, you shouldn’t find any issues with finding the exact type of vehicle you want to rent, if you book far enough in advance.
The range of vehicles will range the gamut. You could choose an economy car, compact car, full size car, premium car, various SUV vehicles, and premium cross overs.
And if you really wanted, you could choose luxury cars.
What I Like About Costco Rentals
Their system is very easy to use and understand. You are given information about your car rental quickly after you select which city you want to rent a car from and the dates you wish to rent a car.
They will give you a list of prices for various types of cars from all 4 of their car rental partners. The really nice thing is that they will list prices in RED which will indicate some sort of cheaper price/discount for renting a car. If you mouse over it you can see what type of discount is currently being offered for this type of bechile. You can sometimes find that these discounted prices will be $00-$300 cheaper than the same type of car with a different rental company that Costco partners with.
So it definitely makes things easy if you are price shopping or if money is a big deal and you’re just looking for the cheapest car rental available. Also, when you mouse over the price of any selection, you will be given information abbot the vehicle that is rentable at this price and some information about the vehicle, and some rules about it like where you can take the car and mileage rules. These links are great because they give you additional information about your rented vehicle right away so you don’t have to hunt around for it. It’s important stuff to know so I really like that it includes it right there in your face.
Costco Rental Car Service Comes With Live Service
If you ever get lost of need help with something, or have a question that you can’t figure out on their website, then I highly suggest you use their Live chat help. You’ll be able to speak to someone in person about renting a car which will probably save you a lot of time and maybe even some money too.
You Can Customize Your Rental For A Better Experience
Once you selected the car you want, you will be taken to a screen that will give you options to add stuff to your vehicle that will make your experienced better. These additions cost money. You’ll go over them and see if they are worth it for what you need. A few examples of things you can add is a navigation system, satellite radio, infant child seat, or a roadside safety net.
For example, if you are traveling a lot on the road and will be going to a lot of random places you’ve never been to, or you’re just a really bad person to navigate around, then a GPS may be a good idea. Likewise, if you have a toddler then a child seat is absolutely needed. Or if you are fan of radio and want a wide range of stations, then maybe satellite radio might do the trick for you.
The important thing is that you get these options laid out for you and it will also include the price of these added options to choose from.
Once you are done with this page, you will be taken to a page where you can choose a higher end car for more money if you like and then you will be taken to a page to enter your costco membership info and confirm your Costco travel car rental!
My Overall Opinion On Costco Rental Cars
I think the biggest thing I like about it is the overall ease of use. They partner with 4 different big companies and find the cheapest rate of each company and present them to you. This helps because you don’t have to search individually with each company to find a deal.
As far as price goes, I couldn’t find any thing that says they get you cheaper prices than other places. Someone can let me know if this isn’t the case. I think if you are booking your travels with Costco and need a car rental, it’s a bit of an added benefit to get it all done at once, including your travel car rental needs. So Costo benefits its members in that way.
Overall, Costo’s rental cars is a pretty solid place to fill your rental car needs. They do a good job finding you cheap prices and giving you a bunch of options to choose from, from vehicles to added features like a navigation system. If you’re a Costco member, I recommend using them.