Just about every segment of the travel industry is rife with rip-offs, but the folks who rent cars have risen gouging to an art form. The worst rip-offs are the extras that you often need for your trip and can't obtain through alternative sources. Other bad ones include unconscionably high prices for options that you can avoid and various fees that are added onto base rates rather than included as they should be.
Fortunately, there are work-arounds that will allow you to bypass most of these rip-offs. But you have to be careful—car-rental providers want to overcharge you whenever they can. Here are seven ways to beat them at their own game.