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One of our favorite parts of the travel experience is snagging a rental car. Maybe it’s because our 2001 is kind of a clunker at this point, but we do really enjoy a brief interlude of new car smell and air conditioning that actually works. Anyway, The Wall Street Journal has some interesting insight regarding rental cars — and the current odds of what type of ride you'll get.
Based on the odds, you're most likely to score a Chevy Cruze as your rental. Why? While SUV sales are still strong, sedans aren't moving as fast as they used to. According to the WSJ, about 21% of the compact cars and 20% of the midsize cars sold during the first three months of the year actually ended up at rental car firms rather than in, say, your neighbor’s driveway: "The Chevy Cruze had the highest volume of cars going to rental car fleets during the quarter, amounting to about 45% of the compact’s total sales, followed by the Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry and Chrysler 200."
These options are all fine and dandy, but we’ll still keep holding out hope for that one time — just one time! — that we’ll be upgraded to a Mercedes. Or—we could just use SilverCar to get our German car fix.
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Just before Memorial Day weekend, Uber announced it would be bringing its car share service over to New England's summering spots of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. Good news, right? Well maybe if they had enough drivers for all those folks looking for a weekend ride.
According to Boston.com, things came up a little bit short during the service’s summer debut. Bringing up the app seemed to only reveal a car or two at times, not really enough to keep up with demand — especially, we assume, after last call at all those beach bars.
Uber promises that they’re adding drivers to their platform, so more cars should be available sooner than later. But if you’re headed out to Cape Cod and the islands any time soon, better program a backup number into your phone — you know, for a traditional taxi — just in case.
[Image from Uber Facebook]
[Image from Uber Facebook]
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The annual migration out of Florida has started yet again, and that means it is now a wonderful time to take a one-way rental car road trip. Companies from Hertz to National need their vehicles elsewhere for the spring, and they’re offering up rental rates for as little as $10 per day—and no drop off fee!
Hertz calls their promotion Florida Drive Out, and they’re asking renters to pick up a participating vehicle from both airport and neighborhood locations in Florida. After that travelers are free to drop off their cars in spots all along the east coast from places like Georgia to Maine.
The rates are good between April 6 and June 30, but just remember that RQ ICFLT1 is what to enter into their site. Get the full details from the folks at Hertz right here—they’re even doing something out of Arizona!
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The wind in your hair, the radio turned up, sunglasses on fleek, and every hottie on the sidewalk glancing your way. You're driving a convertible, baby!
The transformer of automobiles is frequently associated with men in mid-life crises and women who list "trophy wife" as their occupation, but there's no reason it's not also for you, for at least a few days. Convertibles are best enjoyed as a rental car, but making the decision to lay down the dollars for the upgrade is the worst part of the experience. In fact, it's a dilemma we faced hardcore in Hawaii this week.
Arriving to the Avis rental car counter at Kauai's Lihue Airport, we asked about the availability of an upgrade to a convertible. This being Hawaii, the lot was packed with Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro convertibles, and the agent noted that typically they cost $129/day to rent (Priceline actually has them from $65/day at the LIH Airport location), but the upgrade price is significantly less on a prepaid economy reservation such as ours.
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The New Year is already painful for travelers; as for one all those frequent flyer annual balances reset back to zero. Making things a little bit worse is the news from Hertz, as the rental car giant is upping prices and raising rates just in time to bust out the new 2015 calendar.
We can only assume that a reservation is a reservation, so if you’re booked at a current rate you should be good to go; however, it never hurts to check. What it does sound like is that Hertz has increased rates for vehicles being picked up after January 1. The financial types seem to like this kind of news, as the company’s stock has been headed up in recent days—but clearly not the best news for those looking to pick up a car for the weekend.
No time to swing by Starbucks on your drive to a meeting? Fear not. Just make your passenger play barista.
Just in time for the desperate final throes of Christmas shopping, allow us to introduce Handpresso: a portable espresso machine that will make a unique gift for the gadget-loving java junkie in your Secret Santa swap.
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There are Christmas trees, festivals, markets, and even holiday kitsch; however, we’re suckers for some quality time behind the wheel where we can check out some dancing reindeer and a shimmering Santa—all illuminated for the season. Sure it might be a little tacky—or just a little much—but with a hot chocolate in the cup holder it can’t be beat. Here’s five places where we’d gladly shell out some holiday cash in exchange for some lights and a smile:
Offered up by the folks at Johns Hopkins and Howard County General Hospital, this annual event does its thing in and around Symphony Woods. Expect a nice 30-minute drive through all kinds of lighted creations. Organizers promise a “fantasy of color, design and animation,” but we’ll let you judge for yourself. Things run through January 4, and it’ll set you back $20 per car. Just note that it’s cash only, so swing by the ATM before making the journey.
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If you think back on your last few rental car encounters there’s probably a decent chance that one of your vehicles was something like a Chevy Impala. The New York Times takes a look on why your car seems to be the same make and model time and time again, and it makes us want to pay a little extra to get something a little more unique, comfortable, and less Impala-y.
The Chevy Impala has been the top selling rental car for the last couple years, and just in 2013 alone they sold roughly 90,000 of the things—destined to sit at the airport awaiting your arrival. In fact more than half of the Impalas sold in the United States last year joined rental car fleets rather than heading to driveways.
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We might be a little bit weird in our love for rental cars, but seriously, picking up the car after getting off the plane still gives us a little thrill each and every time—especially when we score a good one.
Good news if you feel the same way, since there are a few good rental car deals kicking around right now. The fall is the perfect time for a road trip, so check out some of these rates, book something, and get driving.
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Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to head out on the open road for fresh sights and fresher air. After all, the classic road trip is one of America’s favorite travel traditions, no matter the season. Love for adventuring by car hasn't changed over the years, but surely some aspects of it have.
Well, Edmunds.com conducted a survey in August to see what 1,000 ordinary adults were thinking when it comes to hitting the road (and taking selfies while doing so).
Here's what they found:
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Now that the summer travel season is pretty much over it’s time to plan your shoulder season escape. The weather is better, the crowds have gone back to school and work, and it’s time for you to enjoy. If you’re still stuck on what to do there’s always a little weekend road trip, and thankfully Enterprise is ready to hand you a car for just $9.99 per day.
The offer is available at neighborhood locations, so no need to head up to the airport for a pick up. The deal runs between September 5 and May 20, so there’s plenty of time to check out a vehicle. You do need to rent for the whole weekend, so that means picking up your ride on Friday and dropping off your car on Monday.
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From renting cars by the hour to picking up rides with strangers there’s always something new in the wild world of rental cars. Hertz is often one of the leaders when it comes to thinking up new ideas—or borrowing good ones from other companies—and now it looks like they have a new plan to get you into a car when you need a ride.
It looks like things are being worked out in some corporate boardroom, but the plan is to put Hertz rental cars right in the parking lot at your local Walgreens pharmacy and drug store. They actually just finished up a test in where they offered up cars at around 30 locations in the greater Chicago area as well as the area in and around San Antonio.