Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Personal Finance Columnist Published 4:22 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 How's this one for a summer vacation horror story? Rent a car, return it and then, three or four months later get a bill for $500 or more for damages. Maybe you're being charged for dings that you're convinced weren't there when you turned in the rental car. It's one potential rip-off to avoid during summer vacation season. Angry consumers who have found themselves staring at a bill have turned to the Better Business Bureau and others to complain about their billing and collections incidents involving rental cars and damages. One consumer complained late last year to the BBB saying: "I rented a car from Budget and returned it on July 5th of (2017), 5 months after returning the car I get a bill from Viking Billing Service stating that I damaged the car and claimed $798.01. I know there was no damage while I had the car." Another consumer was upset about a … [Read more...] about Why a bill for rental car damage arrives long after a trip
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Last Updated Oct 5, 2010 10:46 PM EDT I flew across the country recently, and spent most of the flight doing offline things with my laptop and iPad -- reading a book, playing games, working in Word. I could have logged onto the Internet, but I didn't, because I was too cheap to pay about $10 for a paltry 5 hours of Wi-Fi. At least the next time I go, I'll be better equipped to get cheap or free in-flight Internet access. Unplgged recently discussed a handful of ways to get cheap or free in-flight Wi-Fi. Here's what you need to know the next time you fly the friendly, wireless skies: Buy a package in advance. GoGo Inflight Internet, for example, sells package deals on their Web site, which you can use to save as much as 35%. Search for coupon codes. Check out RetailMeNot for discount Wi-Fi coupon codes. You might also find better deals by Googling (or, dare I say, Binging). Get a package deal. You might be able to get Wi-Fi bundled with some other aspect of your travel, like a rental … [Read more...] about Get Cheap (or Free) Wi-Fi the Next Time You Fly
A frenzy of trades and free agent signings made for a stunning day in the NFL, clearing the stage for two great running backs who played at the University of Oklahoma. Rumor Sooner. Tuesday, the Vikings announced that they had re-signed running back Matt Asiata, and the team agreed to terms with offensive lineman Joe Berger and backup quarterback Shaun Hill. The excitement of these moves could be eclipsed only by a contract extension for punter Jeff Locke. While the Vikings were playing pull-tabs, other teams were acquiring second mortgages to play roulette in Vegas. Patrick Willis, the best linebacker of the decade, retired. Jimmy Graham, the most prolific pass-catching tight end through the first five seasons of a career, was traded to a team that came within one completion of winning a second straight Super Bowl. Darrelle Revis, perhaps the best cornerback in the NFL, became a free agent and then rejoined the Jets. Eagles coach Chip Kelly traded his quarterback (Nick Foles), lost … [Read more...] about Souhan: After blur of NFL deals, eyes turn to fate of AP, Murray
Want to get a one-way rental car for dirt cheap? The calendar can be your friend twice a year! RELATED: Here’s how your passport could be useless, even if it’s not expired Have you ever heard of a re-positioning cruise in the cruise ship industry? That’s where you get a super-cheap price on a cruise simply because the cruise line has to move the ship back from where it already is to a hot vacation market ahead of a peak travel time. Not a lot of people know this, but it’s possible to get the equivalent of this in the car rental industry. Twice a year, car rental companies have to move cars around to meet demand. They will give you a great deal on a one-way rental if you can help them! Right now, we’re about to enter one of those periods. What you need to know about re-positioning rental car deals As peak season comes to an end in Florida, car rental companies need to get their vehicles out of the state and move them up North along the East … [Read more...] about How to get a cheap rental car — Clark Howard style!
If and when self-driving vehicles are adopted, seismic shifts are expected in just about everything, including how and where homes are built. Clare Trapasso, provided by Published 5:00 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017 Photo: Mercedes-benz.com; IStock; Realtor.com Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Mercedes-benz.com; IStock; Realtor.com Self-Driving Cars Will Transform the World as We Know It—Including Where We Live 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The revolution is coming—and it's driving itself. As autonomous cars make their autobahn-paced transition from fanciful, emerging technology to mainstream reality, they're expected to leave a forever-altered world in their rear-view mirrors. And it isn't just highways and commutes that will be transformed—it's also the homes and … [Read more...] about Self-Driving Cars Will Transform the World as We Know It—Including Where We Live