When it comes to fees, never underestimate the car rental industry’s creativity. If you do, you might miss the six percent surcharge that Avis slipped on Monica Huchro’s bill last week.

Most car rental companies charge what’s called a “concession recovery fee” when you pick up a car at the airport. The fee used to be included in the price of a car rental, but companies figured out they could break out this surcharge, which covered their lease and cost of van service, and then add it to their price after the initial price quote, making their rental rates seem lower. But the fees were limited to airports.

Not any more.

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