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Going to LA next month - WHY are SUVs so much less expensive to rent??

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by exmediahack, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    Pricing cars to rent for a trip to sunny southern California. Renting during a weekday. Compact cars are about $70 a day -- but full-size Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs are $30, from Enterprise.

    Aside from the lower MPG from an SUV, what's the catch, guys? Some hidden California SUV tax that I'm not factoring in? Just seems a bit mysterious.
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I don't know if this is the reason for the price difference, but I do know from having spent some time in LA last month that SUVs are a bitch to park in certain parts of LA.

    And I would think gas prices factor in as well. Regular unleaded is still well over $3/gallon in most of California.
  3. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I was going to say, when I priced cars a few months ago the SUVs were like $89 a day and the compact cars were $27. Obviously not in LA.
  4. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    That's definitely odd. I rented a car in LA a few weeks ago on a weekday and the compacts were in the $30s and the SUVs in the $90s. Have you checked other companies?
  5. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    Perhaps they're running a special on SUVs. Or they have tons of them that no one wants to rent but the compact ones are being rented like crazy.

    Doesn't have to make sense, but if you can get on for that rate, go for it.
  6. exmediahack

    exmediahack Well-Known Member

    I did -- but kept the Ford Escape level instead of the Grand Cherokee for the parking aspect. Although, at this rate, I guess I have no problem with the $14 a day for the all-inclusive coverage (vandalism, parking dents, etc).
  7. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Not necessarily a catch. Some companies will adjust their rates based on supply and demand. If the above is your case, I can only imagine it involves either pricey gasoline, tight parking spots or a combination of both.

    Unusual to see SUVs costing less than compacts. But it's also possible that the location(s) you checked have too many SUVs sitting around while a waiting list exists for the smaller vehicles.
  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I covered a race once and they were out of midsize, so I got a free upgrade to SUV. Not happy. Choices were a Suburban or some other monstrosity. I took a deep breath and the Suburban; I really didn't want to drive that to a racetrack. Small miracle I didn't hit anyone or anything.
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