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Reasons to Rent a Car You Might Not Have Considered



Rental cars are for more than vacations or business travel. You don’t even have to go to the airport to rent a car! I asked Costco Travel employees what are some of the reasons they’ve rented a car, and they came up with some scenarios I had seriously not considered (but will now).



Let's go on a visit to Grandma's house!

Family Visits

At the top of the list for Costco Travel employees is family visits. If you’re not sure you can all squeeze into Grandma’s car or are tired of caravanning to the beach, why not rent an SUV or van so the entire family can head out together in comfort? On the flip side, maybe you love your family but want the freedom to get away for a little quiet time. Renting a car or SUV can reduce stress during family visits while providing you with freedom and flexibility.

    Family Visits

    At the top of the list for Costco Travel employees is family visits. If you’re not sure you can all squeeze into Grandma’s car or are tired of caravanning to the beach, why not rent an SUV or van so the entire family can head out together in comfort? On the flip side, maybe you love your family but want the freedom to get away for a little quiet time. Renting a car or SUV can reduce stress during family visits while providing you with freedom and flexibility.

      Let's go on a visit to Grandma's house!

      Enjoy a scenic drive down a coastal highway in a convertible.

      Rent a Fun or Sporty Car

      You can make any trip more special by renting a fun or sporty car. Rent a convertible in San Francisco and drive down a scenic coastal highway to San Diego. Surprise a friend or family member with a ride in a fun car for their birthday or a special event. Go ahead and treat yourself or someone you love to a ride in something special.

        Save on Wear and Tear

        Whether you are heading to a festival 800 miles away or driving the softball team to an out-of-state tournament, you can save wear and tear on your personal vehicle by renting a car. It’s also a chance to upgrade to something that has additional features or space.

          Special Occasions

          Rental cars offer some additional benefits when attending a wedding. With all of the places you need to be -- the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, your accommodations -- renting a car can save you a lot of money when comparing it to a rideshare. Plus it’s a lot more convenient to get around without relying on family members or friends.

            Car in the Shop

            It’s not nearly as fun as some of the other reasons to rent a car, but you can avoid being without a car due to a sudden repair or accident. There are many rental car locations outside of airports in city locations, most of them are super-fast, easy, and with no line. Our website allows you to book same day rentals should you find yourself in this unexpected situation.

              A road trip with good friends is a great way to spend your vacation!

              Road Trips

              Whether you are taking a road trip with your best friends or your family, renting a car can make it a more fun and memorable experience. Renting a larger vehicle for road trips can not only help you keep your car clean from “kid mess” but it can also help save your sanity. You might not hear “Mom, her shoulder is touching me!” for the millionth time if you go with something larger than what you’ve got at home. Renting a car also allows you to choose where you want to start and end your road trip. Fly to Chicago and check out Route 66 whether you live in Seattle or New York. It also helps to have space for those last-minute provisions you grab at the closest Costco before hitting the open road!

              There are so many reasons to rent a car… what’s yours?

                Let's go on a visit to Grandma's house!

                Family Visits

                At the top of the list for Costco Travel employees is family visits. If you’re not sure you can all squeeze into Grandma’s car or are tired of caravanning to the beach, why not rent an SUV or van so the entire family can head out together in comfort? On the flip side, maybe you love your family but want the freedom to get away for a little quiet time. Renting a car or SUV can reduce stress during family visits while providing you with freedom and flexibility.

                  Family Visits

                  At the top of the list for Costco Travel employees is family visits. If you’re not sure you can all squeeze into Grandma’s car or are tired of caravanning to the beach, why not rent an SUV or van so the entire family can head out together in comfort? On the flip side, maybe you love your family but want the freedom to get away for a little quiet time. Renting a car or SUV can reduce stress during family visits while providing you with freedom and flexibility.

                    Let's go on a visit to Grandma's house!

                    Enjoy a scenic drive down a coastal highway in a convertible.

                    Rent a Fun or Sporty Car

                    You can make any trip more special by renting a fun or sporty car. Rent a convertible in San Francisco and drive down a scenic coastal highway to San Diego. Surprise a friend or family member with a ride in a fun car for their birthday or a special event. Go ahead and treat yourself or someone you love to a ride in something special.

                      Save on Wear and Tear

                      Whether you are heading to a festival 800 miles away or driving the softball team to an out-of-state tournament, you can save wear and tear on your personal vehicle by renting a car. It’s also a chance to upgrade to something that has additional features or space.

                        Special Occasions

                        Rental cars offer some additional benefits when attending a wedding. With all of the places you need to be -- the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, your accommodations -- renting a car can save you a lot of money when comparing it to a rideshare. Plus it’s a lot more convenient to get around without relying on family members or friends.

                          Car in the Shop

                          It’s not nearly as fun as some of the other reasons to rent a car, but you can avoid being without a car due to a sudden repair or accident. There are many rental car locations outside of airports in city locations, most of them are super-fast, easy, and with no line. Our website allows you to book same day rentals should you find yourself in this unexpected situation.

                            A road trip with good friends is a great way to spend your vacation!

                            Road Trips

                            Whether you are taking a road trip with your best friends or your family, renting a car can make it a more fun and memorable experience. Renting a larger vehicle for road trips can not only help you keep your car clean from “kid mess” but it can also help save your sanity. You might not hear “Mom, her shoulder is touching me!” for the millionth time if you go with something larger than what you’ve got at home. Renting a car also allows you to choose where you want to start and end your road trip. Fly to Chicago and check out Route 66 whether you live in Seattle or New York. It also helps to have space for those last-minute provisions you grab at the closest Costco before hitting the open road!

                            There are so many reasons to rent a car… what’s yours?


                              About the Author: The above piece was compiled by Penny Anderson, mother of two young athletes, and Merchandising/Ecommerce Manager at Costco Travel. Penny has been a Costco employee for 23 years, 15 of these years at Costco Travel.


                               
                               
                               
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