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car rental Las Vegas n trip advice

hi, i am travelling alone in vegas and planning to drive out on 11-14Jun to grand canyon, antelope canyon and back to city. 
i need some advice on car rental and trip advice.

(1) i am kind of frustrated comparing the car rental price. the third party website like, carngo or seems cheap and they are getting the car from Hertz. but doesnt cover roadside assistance and though include GPS but before tax.
when i look at Hertz website, the cost is almost doubled, and certain coverage has to be bought over the counter. no GPS mentioned.

enterprise only includes base rate, all insurance coverage and equipment is to be purchased at the counter.

i have also checked from budget, sixt and advantage. seemed to me some dont mention if they cover 0 excess damage.

should i pay and reserve the cheapest from direct car company website and pay all the coverage when i am there or should i

go there to look for one?

(2) is the pace ok? should i throw in other attraction sites like valley of fire state park?
                   Day                               Stay

11-Jun sat Drive to Canyon park     williams

12-Jun sun Canyon park                 williams

13-Jun mon Antelop tour at 3pm     Page

14-Jun tue Drive back to Vegas

Posted by
113 posts

You might want to consult an atlas (a good map) to get a more realistic view of distances.
Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon is a good day's drive.
Staying in Williams which is 50 miles south of GC adds a lot of back and forth driving. Plus, you will be in a long line to get into the park each day.
Look for accommodations within the park and plan on a 3-night stay, which would give you 2 days to fully explore the park - lots to do and see.

Posted by
850 posts

As above, it's a fairly long drive from LV to the Canyon. But if you don't already have accommodations made you're not going to get them in the park in the next 5 days. they've been booked for months. Williams too is probably going to be difficult.

But as to car rentals, why would you need GPS? It's a fairly simple route, and if you have a cell phone you already have GPS. The car companies can give you a map, or you can print one from Google before you go.

Check with your current car insurer. Many cover rental car use, which saves you having to buy the expensive short term policy the carriers offer.

Be aware that temperatures will be in the 100's and plan accordingly. Always carry a couple gallons of water.

Posted by
2674 posts

Consider staying in the town of Tusayan just outside the south entrance to the park. Just did a dummy booking for your dates and there are rooms available. Won't be cheap but it will save you 2 hours of driving each day from Williams.
And do get an early start each day - both to beat the crowds and to avoid the worst of the heat of the day.

Posted by
12 posts

yes, i already got accomdation at williams. accomdation near the park are too expensive.

i am from singapore. i have no car insurance but to buy from the car rental company. i stay in fremont st and going to rent a car from nearby.

e.g. option A - if offers $223 from Hertz for 4 days with $0 collison damage and third party liability BUT buy roadside assistance at the counter
option B - Hertz offers $543 with all three coverages.
option C - Budget $451, but to buy third party liability at the counter
option D - Enterprise $282, but buy all coverages at the counter.

which will be cheaper?