I'm looking for a major car rental company that also rent roof top cargo box. Anyone know of any company that offer this service?

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    @ChairmanMeow: for US$40, who cares? Do you think you'd really save money by renting one? – Flimzy Apr 24 '14 at 19:52
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    I understand that's your question. But presumably you're asking the question because you have a problem to solve. And if the problem can be solved as well or better by buying a cargo carrier, one might expect you to appreciate that information. But maybe I'm being silly. – Flimzy Apr 24 '14 at 20:18
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    But why don't you want to buy one? To save money? If you can buy one cheaper than renting, it won't save money. THAT is the point. – Flimzy Apr 24 '14 at 20:24
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    You're not answering my question. I suppose you're more interested in arguing than getting an answer. I'm off to do better things. – Flimzy Apr 24 '14 at 20:43

In my experience when rental car companies rent you anything that you might want to add to a car (extended roofrack, car seat, etc) the price per day is a large fraction of the total price of the item. For example $20/day for something that costs $35. I suppose this is to cover all the paperwork and hassle of making sure you return the item with the car, storing the item somewhere when nobody is renting it, and dealing with potential liability around the way the item is attached to the car.

As a result your best bet is to buy the item outright, and either resell it, give it to a charity, or leave it at the side of the road for someone to just take when you're done. It can be argued that it's inconvenient to drive your just-rented car to some kind of store to get the accessory before carrying on with whatever you're renting the car for, and I'm not going to argue with that, but unless you're renting for just one or two days, the extra cost is going to wildly outweigh that inconvenience.

Without more details (the length of your trip, the reason you want the box, the constraints that make it very difficult to get the box anywhere other than the car rental company) you're unlikely to get a better answer than this: drive your rental car to a store that sells roof top cargo boxes, and buy the cheapest you can.

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    Or rent a bigger car? – Bernhard Nov 16 '14 at 18:06
  • I'll second this. Per day, the cost to rent a child's car seat as an extra is typically more than the cost to rent a car. – DJClayworth Nov 17 '14 at 2:21
  • @pnuts want to elaborate why, so Kate can improve her answer? – Mark Mayo Nov 25 '16 at 7:37
  • @Kate - hopefully you can expand on this old answer? – Mark Mayo Nov 25 '16 at 11:09

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