Rental Car Companies Impose New Ancillary Fees

A video story by Chris Clackum of NBC News illustrates the trend regarding the increase in creative ancillary fees being imposed by car rental companies, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday season. The video also offers some good advice.

For example, if your rental car runs out of gas, gets a flat tire or the battery dies, assistance could cost you a fortune if you did not purchase roadside assistance insurance.

The new rental car fees — which seem to increasingly be imitating the ancillary fees being imposed by airlines — have reached the point that even the travel industry is cracking jokes: “I just heard an analyst the other day… he wouldn’t be surprised when rental car companies start charging for steering wheels,” said Bill McGee of Consumer Reports.

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