My friend and I are going on a 24-day, 8,000 mile cross-country road trip. I had planned to rent a car from Enterprise but just found out that they charge 30 cents per mile for every mile over 150 miles/day once I get past the Mississippi. This will add almost $2,000 to the original rental price of $700! I’ve looked at other websites and the starting price is $1,000 for each, without even calling to find out about hidden fees.
I’ve decided to take my own car. It’s a 2002 Toyota Corolla. I spent about $1,000 to get new brake pads, alignment, oil change, and other things that I don’t remember now. I know I need to take it in again this week because every time I go over a pothole/bump, there’s a creaky sound under the car like something is loose. I’m also rather afraid it will simply die on this trip. My mechanic said the car will survive…he isn’t so sure about me!
Here’s the thing–my mom just called and offered for me to take her 2010 Subaru Forester for the trip, and she will take my car for the time I’m gone. I know it might get worse mileage than my car, but it’s in great condition (at least, for now…).
Should I take my mom’s car (and risk damaging it), take my car (and risk destroying it), or take a rental (and risk spending $1,000+ unnecessarily)? I have enough money that if I need to buy a car when I get back, I can put about $3,000 into one just to get back and forth to work and grad school.
Oh….and the trip is in 12 days.