When renting a car, I want to get the cheapest rate possible with the least amount of effort. You, too? If so, you need to use a free site called AutoSlash. I’ve used AutoSlash dozens of times since 2011. On one occasion, AutoSlash saved me a whopping $2,178 (74%) on a 27-day SUV rental. On at least 10 separate occasions, AutoSlash saved me more than 31% off the lowest rate I could find. Due to its considerable savings and ease of use, I highly recommend using AutoSlash every time you book a rental car.
In this post I’ll explain what AutoSlash is and show you how to use it to quickly save a ton when renting a car.
What is AutoSlash?
Simply put, AutoSlash (www.autoslash.com) is a free site that tries to find you a lower rate on most any car rental you book.
How Does It Work?
The simplest way to use AutoSlash is, first, to reserve a car however you typically book a car. Once that booking is complete, head over to AutoSlash and click on the tab that says “Track a Rental”:
Then, provide AutoSlash with your name, email address, rental car company, confirmation number, pickup-date, and reserved price for your rental. You can include any organizations or clubs that you might belong to (such as AAA) that could help AutoSlash get you the best possible rate:
Finally, click “Track.”
AutoSlash then goes to work. It doesn’t change the date, time, pickup location, drop-off location, or car type of your rental. Keeping all of those items the same, AutoSlash tries multiple times per day to bring your rate down by applying coupons and discounts. [Edit: If an upgraded car type is cheaper than your originally-selected car type, AutoSlash will provide you with the option of upgrading your car type in order to take advantage of the lower rate.]
If it finds a lower rate from the same rental car company, it automatically re-books you so as to lock in the savings, and it emails you your new confirmation number. If it finds you a lower rate from a different rental company, it emails you with instructions for how to rebook yourself.
My Experience with AutoSlash
I flat out love AutoSlash. As I mentioned above, I’ve used it dozens of times to save money on car rentals. And because it is so easy to use, the savings feel like free money.
Last weekend I conducted a test in which I created 10 car rental reservations for 10 different car types, in 10 different cities, spread out over the course of the next 10 months, for 1-7 days rental length each. I submitted those reservations to AutoSlash to track.
Within an hour, AutoSlash had brought the price down on 6 of the reservations by an average of 14%. Two days later, it had knocked 5% of a 7th reservation. And it will continue to work on all 10 bookings up to the pickup day for each of them.
And in my experience, AutoSlash is all the more powerful the more days you can give it to work. That is, the further out your car rental reservation is, the more days AutoSlash has to get you a great price.
As an extreme example, I once booked a car in July of 2014 for a Thanksgiving trip four months later. The best rate I could find at the time of booking was $185.42. For more than a month, AutoSlash couldn’t find a better rate. But then, over the next several months, it found these progressively lower rates:
- 8/21 = $173.30
- 9/4 = $168.01
- 9/17 = $158.53
- 9/22 = $148.53
- 9/25 = $143.25
- 9/29 = $137.99
- 11/4 = $113.74
- 11/8 = $85.47
In the end, I paid $85.47 rather than $185.42. AutoSlash saved me $99.95 (54%) with minimal effort on my part.
AutoSlash is genius. It makes saving money on car rentals so easy that I enthusiastically recommend using it whenever you book a car.
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