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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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No need to utilize your GoPro the next time you’re away from home, as it looks like Hertz will be recording your vacation. Okay—so we’re exaggerating a little bit here, but there is news that the rental car giant has started to install cameras and microphones in some cars as part of their proprietary GPS and navigation system.
Right now the driver facing cameras can only be found in a selection of vehicles, and specifically it is those cars using version six of Hertz NeverLost. According to Hertz right now there is no plan to switch these cameras on or anything like that, and apparently the bandwidth and technology isn’t even there yet.
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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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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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Back when Zipcar first starting doing its thing there was a little less competition then there is now, and that’s why the rental car company is expanding its offerings to provide customers what they need. This fall is when Zipcar ONE>WAY will start doing its thing, as it is designed to offer up one-way rental options thanks to fleet of 2015 Honda Fit automobiles.
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We’ve talked about FlightCar before, and in case you don’t remember—we will fill you in. Basically it’s a car sharing program over at the long-term rental car parking lot. When you drop your car off it’s paired up with someone looking for a car. The renter gets a better deal by borrowing your car, and you get a better deal because you make some money instead of paying for parking. It’s all licensed, insured, and what not, as they realize that there needs to be some guarantees and promises to get everyone comfortable with things.
Right now FlightCar is an option at airports in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, but what we wanted to share is how they’re changing things up for business travelers. The company isn’t just interested in the leisure market, as they’re now trying to get road warriors interested in their services.
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Those looking to head out of town have a new option when it comes to the long-term parking lot, as FlightCar has recently started up shop over at Los Angeles International Airport. In case you don’t remember the deal with FlightCar—basically you rent out your car to others instead of just leaving the car in the parking lot. Someone gets the wheels they need, you don’t have to pay for parking, and you even make a little money on the deal.
The peer-to-peer car sharing system hasn’t really gone gangbusters as of yet, but the head honcho at FlightCar—he’s 19 years old—reports that the company has roughly 3,700 listings for the not really rental cars. We guess we would be a little concerned letting someone else take our wheels out for a spin, but at the same time the insurance, the liability, and other guarantees do provide some kind of warm and fuzzy feeling. Overall we think the idea is kind of awesome, and yet again we're jealous that we didn't think of this first.
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Although we love public transportation as much as the next person, there are times when the rental car is a travel necessity. Things get a little bit more complicated when the rules of the road are flipped, and you find yourself navigating the other of the road. Here’s a few tips to help you take the high road:
· Get a co-pilot:
To be clear, our other side of the road is driving on the left rather than the right, so we found it pretty darn helpful to have someone along for the ride. This person reminds you where to turn, which lane to use, and to elbow you when you’re hugging the left side of the road way too much. Here, a backseat driver can be more of a lifesaver than an annoyance, because a reminder to stay on the correct side is certainly welcome. After all, two heads are better than one, right?
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It’s no longer just random parking lots and city locations for ZipCar, as they’re moving into the airport rental car lot as well. They've been doing their thing at the New York City airports for quite some time, but now they’re heading into other airport location as well. Some of the first cities that will see the ZipCar brand up close and personal during this second wave of airport arrivals will be Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Jose, Austin, Philadelphia, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, and Toronto.
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We’ve mentioned various bits and pieces of car sharing programs in the past, but if there’s one that’s leading the pack it might just be RelayRides. The basic premise behind these programs is that you can offer up your car to someone else when you’re not using it. Feel free to take the neighbor’s car for a spin if you’ve been eyeing it in the driveway, and he or she can do the same with your car when you’re away for the weekend. RelayRides takes care of insurance and all the other boring details, so you just put the pedal to the metal and go.
So far RelayRides has cars in almost 1,500 different cities across all 50 states, but they’re eager to expand even further. Now they’re bringing their car sharing idea to social media, as they’re getting ready to do the Facebook integration thing.
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Once again we’re a little bit jealous when it comes to rental car options outside of the nifty fifty. Sure we’ve got some decent options and the PT Cruiser is thankfully no longer one of them, but putting the pedal to the metal just isn’t the same when you’re stuck inside a Chevy Impala.
Over in Europe it’s quite a different story, as the continent seem to get all the good cars—as long as you’re willing to pay extra for them. Hertz is the latest company to add some exotic and fancy pants options to their Euro rental car lots.
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We’ve seen some pretty good rental car deals in the past, and that’s especially been the case during the spring and the fall. Rental car lots are filled with cars that need to get out of the warm weather states—or heads toward them—so they’re usually pretty good with giving away one-way rental cars for little more than the cost of gas and taxes. Hertz has always been at the forefront of these road trip sales, but it looks like things aren’t quite is fun this year.
In the past Hertz has offered one-way rental cars for as little as $5 per day, but this year they must be in need of a little more spending cash. They’re still ready to run their Florida Drive Out and Arizona Drive Out sales, but this year the deals start at around $18 per day.