Finding Cheaper Hybrid Rental Cars Just Got a Lot Easier

Getting a hybrid rental can be an expensive business. Depending on the specific details of a rental deal, getting a Prius from Hertz at any airport around the nation can cost you anything between $85 a day and $100 a day. Certainly, hybrid car models like the Prius are a bit more expensive than equivalent simple gasoline-run cars; but they aren’t that expensive. And this fact certainly isn’t lost on people who pay for these cars to rent. But now with a new program from Hertz called Hertz Connect, there is a way to almost halve the price of a Prius rental. Hybrid rental cars are suddenly cheaper in participating cities. Let’s look at how this is done

Cheap hybrid rental cars are available from other services too – ones like Zipcar. They call their plan a car sharing service. They don’t charge you extra for hybrid rental cars than they do for regular cars. Zipcar will often even give you a discount that makes their hybrids cheaper than a regular car for quick rentals for driving within the city. They do this because the way they see it, they are not in the rental car business at all. They’re in the car sharing business.

Car sharing is a concept they see as the next step in the direction carpooling started us off in. While carpooling makes sure that you drive only with a full complement of passengers, car sharing makes sure that every car bought is used as much as it should be. This is a concept that helps families make do with just one car. A stay-at-home-parent doesn’t have to consider buying a whole new car just so that they can be mobile the next time they wish to run out to the supermarket. They can instead, just call for an affordable choice in hybrid rental cars with a service like Zipcar.

The rental companies know this, and price their rentals more affordably for this market. Their prices even include the cost of the gas used. Whatever they lose on this business, they try to make back raising prices in the regular Rent-A-Car services they run at the airports. So are hybrid sharing services really cheaper? You bet they are; of course, you do need to add in the price of applying for membership to such a program and then maintaining it. But that would just set you back by the price of one regular car rental.