Whether you are moving house, planning a road trip, or you just want some freedom when you go on your next holiday, a car rental is a great idea. And car hire can be a lot cheaper than you might think—at least when you have some money saving tips and tricks up your sleeve. These five tips could help you save a bucket load on your next car rental.

Don't rent at the airport. So, you are touching down at the airport and you want a set of wheels straight away. Resist the temptation to rent at the airport because the fees are likely to be much higher there. This is because rental companies are aware that many people are reliant on a car from an airport. But if you can get a taxi or public transport into the town or city centre and find a rental place there, you'll find that the savings could be significant.

Do some online research. Most towns and cities are serviced by more than one car rental agency and this makes it easy to compare prices. Before you actually part with your cash, source online quotes from car rental companies in your area so you can be sure that you will get the very best price.

Avoid unnecessary fees. Often, car rental agencies will have certain stipulations for drivers, and if they are not met, they are charged an extra fee on top of the rental price. Some of these can be as simple as making sure there is a certain amount of petrol in the car when it is returned. For this reason, it is important that you read through your whole car rental contract and meet the demands so that you only pay the base fee.

Rent an older model. Is it really necessary for you to drive around in the latest, swankiest model of car? If so, you will pay a premium for it. But if what you ultimately want is the freedom to get round as you please and to do so at an affordable price, peruse through the company's list of older cars. They will still get you where you need to go but at a fraction of the cost.

Rent for longer. You'd think that the longer you rent a car for, the more expensive it would be. It's counter-intuitive, but this is just simply not always the case. So as well as asking about day rates, make sure that you ask for weekly rates to see if you could be getting a better deal by renting a car for more time. This will also help you relax in case your plans change or you don't want to rush back to the rental place to be on time.

Learn more about your options by contacting car rental facilities like Meteor Car & Truck Rentals.