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Car rental

A car rental, hire car, or car hire agency is a company that rents automobiles for short periods of time, generally ranging from a few hours to a few weeks. It is often organized with numerous local branches (which allow a user to return a vehicle to a different location), and primarily located near airports or busy city areas and often complemented by a website allowing online reservations.

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Spending a week away from home can make car rentals expensive. What makes them even more expensive is purchasing the rental company "insurance" when it's not needed. Know if your credit card or your own car insurance actually protects you, and understand what extra charges the rental company will bill you for should something happen.

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