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Are chains needed with a rental car in January? Are they offered by the rental agencies...

Are chains needed with a rental car in January? Are they offered by the rental agencies at the airport? SUV's are hugely expensive for a weekly rental and we are wondering if renting a car and having chains is just as beneficial!!
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     asked this on November 01, 2008 at 08:45 AM
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Unless you really need the space..big family, etc. you don't need to rent an SUV. Roads are mostly clear even in January.
Yes, it snows, and is cold, but major roads are worked 24-7. Worst case: road closure for maybe 1 day! But rare. Usually, being caught in snow storm on the highway, might only delay you 2-3 extra travel hours. Late model rental car with all-season tires should do fine. My ski/mt. transportation is a Ford Focus..no chains. Pay attention to weather & reports. Drive carefully, keep it on the slow side, stick to major highways/streets, and you'll be O.K. Your real enemy is traffic! Weekdays good! Weekends bad!
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     answered this on September 08, 2009 at 10:05 AM
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You should check with the rental agencies individually, though my sense is they generally don't encourage use of chains on their cars (for that they want you to, yes, stump up for the burlier SUV!). But conventional wisdom says, that while chains may be needed for some passes in Colorado, the major roads are usually pretty clear and well-maintained, particularly if you're looking at any of the ski resorts off the I-70 corridor (eg. Vail, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain).
  • An anonymous user
     answered this on November 07, 2008 at 10:34 AM
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