CheapCarRental.net Lists Most Expensive U.S. Cities for Car Rentals

CheapCarRental.net released March 21 the results of its survey comparing 50 destinations in the United States based on their car rental rates over the past 12 months.

New York City topped the list with renters paying an average of $72 per day to rent the cheapest available car. New Orleans and Honolulu ranked second and third with daily rental rates at $64 and $63 per day, respectively.

Among the least expensive destinations was San Diego, Seattle and Los Angeles with averages at $30 per day. The cheapest U.S. city to rent a car was Milwaukee with rates averaging $27 per day, according to the survey.

Top 10 Most Expensive
U.S. Destinations

1 New York City $72
2 New Orleans $64
3 Honolulu $63
4 Washington, D.C. $59
5 Houston $56
6 Boston $55
7 Newark $54
8 Charlotte $53
9 Austin $49
10 Sacramento $48


The car rental rates expressed in the survey were established via CarTrawler, a car rental comparison engine, according to CheapCarRental.net.

For 50 destinations in the United States, the average daily rental rate for the cheapest available car for the time period from April 2012 to March 2013 was calculated. Each city’s main airport was chosen as the “pick-up” and “drop-off” location. Rates were established about one to two weeks prior to the pick-up date and for a rental duration of five days.

For the full rankings of the survey, click here.

Comments

  1. Chris [ March 25, 2013 @ 06:35PM ]

    Interesting but of questionable utility. Many of these cities have extremely seasonal swings that make the "average" rate have little bearing on actual rates paid. For example, Anchorage does 42% of its annual rental volume in the three months of June, July, and August and 37% of its volume in the seven months of September through March, yet the average daily rate during those three summer months is ~$60 while the average daily rate during the seven winter months is ~$40. The average rate for the entire city of Anchorage (all agencies) in April of 2010 was $14.01, while for July it was $73.58. So, it's hard to say that the number "$46" for Anchorage has any meaning for the consumer.

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