Renting a car in Canada can be a little overwhelming. Finding the best (aka cheapest) rate often means a lot of extra effort and planning on your part. You call or search online all the different car rental companies, get quotes, and hope that price doesn’t include a lot of hidden fees.
Luckily, there are great sites online that do all the work for you. Here are our top five picks for the best car rental sites to compare rates:
1. Orbitz.com – Orbitz offers a no-nonsense, straightforward car rental search engine that displays a grid pattern for your search results. Orbitz will break down all available rental companies by class of car (economy, compact, midsize, standard, SUV, mini-van, etc.) and price (per day, week, and total). You are also able to view your car rental options by price. This will give you a more comprehensive overview of the available rental car including number of passengers, luggage space, car features, mileage information, and pick up location.
2. Hotwire.com – Hotwire claims they can always get you the best price. Often, they are right but there is a catch. When you book a Hotwire Hot Rate rental, you’re always guaranteed a car from one of the following companies: Avis, Enterprise, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, or National. But you won’t know what company you are renting from until after you confirm and purchase. If you aren’t picky about rental car companies, this is a great option for you.
3. Kayak.com – Kayak offers instant car rental search results from over 80 companies. It is a simple and effective car rental search engine with lots of flexible search options to help you find the perfect rental car.
4. CarRentals.com – Carrentals.com is another very simple and easy car rental search engine. A currency option is included in the search results, offering rental prices in over 35 major currencies, which makes it a lot easier when you are trying to calculate the exact price.
5. Expedia.ca – Expedia.ca has a best price guarantee. That means if you find a cheaper and identical price within 24 hours of making your reservation, Expedia.ca will refund you the difference and give you a $50 travel coupon. Expedia also gives you a grid pattern for your search results and lets you compare your rentals by class of car and price.