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Hotwire Car Rental Tips & Cautions

Use these Hotwire car rental tips to maximize your savings and to avoid unpleasant surprises.

1. Best Hotwire car rental deals?

For lowest prices per day —

2. Will I drive a crummy vehicle?

Unlikely. Hotwire "Hot Rates"—the low rates you want—come from

These usually offer most convenient airport locations.

3. What's the catch with Hotwire?

No refunds or changes with Hotwire Hot Rates.

4. One-way rentals?

Yes, but you pay more.

5. How late can I book?

Currently, two hours prior to pickup, if discounts still available.

6. Unlimited mileage?

Nearly always with a Hot Rate. If not, Hotwire warns you before you pay.

7. What if my flight will be late?

Hotwire car rental policy: "Hot Rate rentals are held for up to 24 hours after your scheduled pick-up time . . . If an airline cancellation or schedule change prevents you from picking up your car within 24 hours of your scheduled pick-up time, you will be able to cancel your reservation upon Hotwire's verification of the changes. Be sure to include your flight information during the checkout process so the rental agency will be aware of any schedule changes or delays."

8. How old do I have to be?

9. Do I have to buy collision insurance?

No, but otherwise you become liable for full value of vehicle. If may already have insurance, make sure that it applies.

10. Can I pay for someone else?

Yes, but book reservation in name of driver, not yours.

At rental counter, driver must present her credit card with a name that matches her driver’s license. There must be adequate available credit available, even though rental prepaid.

11. Can other people drive?

Yes if at least 25 and meet rental company requirements, such as having a credit card in their name.

Add extra drivers to rental contract when you pick up the car. The person named on the Hotwire reservation must be with them. That person cannot give the reservation to someone else.

Car rental companies may charge extra for additional drivers paid at rental counter.

Hotwire car rental best tip

NEVER let someone not listed on your rental contract drive. That voids your insurance.

12. Other Hotwire car rental tips and cautions?


Enjoy your Hotwire car rental savings!