I’m way overdue on talking about All The Money we spent on rental cars in July/August/September. The short version is that we spent about $200 in July, $250 in August and $350 in September (I know we’re still in September, but we have no more rentals planned). Renting in August and over Labor Day weekend was expensive because demand was higher, but also because we were taking longer trips with more people and I needed a guarantee for a bigger vehicle. Our total gas expenditure was about $250 for the summer. The vehicles we rented got way better gas mileage than our van does, so I figure we saved at least $125 on gas over what we would have spent if we were using it.
In August we went to Missoula to see Jeff’s sister. We rented a midsize SUV because we planned to bring the whole family and both dogs. We ended up with a Dodge Journey, which is technically a full size SUV and we didn’t bring Gunnar or Charlie, so we had tons of space for the 8+ hours each way and all the driving we did while we were there. My sister-in-law lives about halfway between Missoula and Hamilton, so anytime we go anywhere, we’re putting 20 miles on the car. We had a super fun time exploring and are already planning next year’s adventure, which will include a trip to Glacier National Park.
Over Labor Day we went to visit my mother in Port Angeles for her birthday. We ended up splitting the cost with my brother – he paid for most our our house rental and we paid for the car. We rented a Dodge Caravan to fit the 6 of us plus all of our stuff. I was not impressed, and will try to not rent one of those again.
I’m happy knowing that our most expensive transportation months are behind us now. We don’t have any plans for car travel between now and Christmas, which is a relief. As time goes on, I genuinely prefer being on foot or on my bike to being in a car.
And since this is a super boring post, here are some photos from our last trip. Having weekends like this is what makes the car rental worth every penny.