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Renting a motorcycle isn’t exactly a new concept, as Harley-Davidson and other dealerships have been renting out bikes for quite some time—assuming you know how to ride one. However, this week things are a little different, as one national rental car company is getting in on the motorcycle renting business.
Enterprise—known for their ability to pick you up—is breaking the mold and will be offering up more than just compact and economy cars. In case you couldn’t figure it out on your own based off our hints, they’re now renting out motorcycles as well.
Of course the perfect place to test things out is Las Vegas, so now you can enjoy all things motorcycle while making your way down the Strip—or riding out to the Hoover Dam. For now this is their only spot renting out two-wheeled vehicles, as they’re doing it from the existing Enterprise location at 4517 W Flamingo Road—kind of near the Palms.
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That's right. Before his travel writing days, this Jaunted contributor was kinda/sorta/not really in the travel industry as a management trainee with Enterprise Rent-a-Car at a California airport. He learned that he hated wearing a shirt and tie to work, but also picked up tips on how to save a buck on a rental:
Enterprise employees may walk and talk like they're your friend, but they're really just trying to butter you up so you'll dig deeper into your pockets. One of the best kept secrets in the rental industry revolves around taking advantage of this aggressive approach.
When I was at Enterprise, one of my regular sales goals was centered around getting the customer to spend more money than their reservation intended. This was accomplished by selling insurance, pre-paid fuel, or through upgrades at the counter. Even if it was just a little more money, like a dollar or two, it was to my benefit to upgrade customers in order to increase my numbers so long as we had the cars available.
Because of this, one of the best things a customer looking for a deal can do for themselves is book an economy car and upgrade at the counter. This is a tried and true approach, one you should definitely utilize if you have a reasonable amount of flexibility. Because this trick is dependent upon availability, you shouldn't do this if you have to have a certain type of vehicle -- it all depends on what they have on the lot.
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While they’re not exactly an exotic or sports car, we certainly wouldn’t mind testing out the newest and trendiest rental car, the electrically-powered Tesla Model S, with a
couple donuts quick cruise down the coast to see just how good the gas mileage is.
Advertised as approaching 100 miles-per-gallon, the electric hybrid is now available via Hertz at two airports over in California, as both Los Angeles and San Francisco will be adding these rechargeable vehicles to the rental car lot. Road trip, anyone?
At this point there’s more than a few rental car companies offering up electric cars to get you and your crew from here to there, but now there’s an entire city that’s going all in with the electric movement. The theme capital of the world—AKA the greater Orlando area—is looking to link visitors with some of these voltage vehicles, and they just announced a whole new program to do so.
Drive Electric Orlando is a friendship between the area’s rental car companies and the city, as both look to make utilizing an electric vehicle just another slice of vacation fun. Those who choose to skip the pumps will enjoy all kinds of perks like free valet parking at the hotel, preferred parking in the area, and plenty of places to conveniently charge your car—even at the theme parks.
The new enclosure, in progress
It opened to the public on July 19, 2012. It closed only a few months after, in late October, when Hurricane Sandy swept through New York City and, well, huffed and puffed and blew its house down. We're speaking of the Space Shuttle Enterprise on the Intrepid aircraft carrier, of course, and the latest image showing progress on the reconstruction of the exhibit hints at exciting things to come.
Compare the construction of the new structure (above) to the old tent-like one (below). First observation? It's not a tent! Hallelujah, break out the champagne because now the exhibit may actually have a chance of surviving the next huge storm to hit NYC (knock on wood). Secondly, we notice increased space. Perhaps the single staircase to view the nose of the shuttle (through scratched plexi glass, mind you) will mercifully be replaced by an actual viewing platform? And perhaps it won't all feel like some temproary, low-budget exhibition, which is definitely is not.
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Commercial airplanes may have escaped damage from Hurricane Sandy by canceling flights early enough on Sunday and Monday to get themselves off the east coast tarmacs to safer (and mostly warmer) climes, but one bird that's no longer able to fly sat scarily exposed on the deck of the Intrepid Museum aircraft carrier, floating in the Hudson River at Manhattan's west side docks.
She's the NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise, and though Sandy seems to have spared her dock-neighbor, the British Airways Concorde G-BOAD, the spacecraft didn't fare so nicely.
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There’s been an on-and-off battle over recalled rental cars for quite some time, one which has been in and out of the new for at least the last few years. Basically, car rental companies haven’t been doing their best when it comes to pulling recalled cars off the lot or sending them in for the necessary repairs. Obviously this isn’t a good idea, and that’s especially the case when it results in injuries, accidents, or other bad stuff.
Obviously there’s certain rules and regulations that have to be followed, but the basic premise is that rental car companies need to yank recalled cars off their lots as soon as possible. The new legislation requires the companies to stop renting out vehicles no later than 24 hours after getting the official recall notice, but the time period stretches up to 48 hours if the recall affects more than 5,000 cars within their garage.
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Vineyards and wineries just haven’t been the same ever since liquids at the airport became illegal contraband. Sure you could always check your souvenir bottles, but there’s always those pesky baggage fees—not to mention you need to pack it up all snug and tight. Alaska Airlines isn’t going to pack your bags for you, but if you’re flying out of certain cities they’ll be happy to check all your wine bottles and they’ll do it for free.
As part of a clever tourism campaign known as “Taste and Tote,” Alaska Airlines will be offering to check one case of wine at no charge to its passengers. Participating airports are in Washington State and include spots like Walla Walla, Yakima, and Pasco/Tri-Cities.
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If you’re dreaming of going green with your next car rental you might get your wish by the end of the month. Keys to the Chevrolet Volt are just beginning to fall into the hands of drivers across the country, and that means that rental car companies are also getting to spend some time behind the wheel.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is putting out the claim that they’re going to be the first to offer the Volt as a daily and weekly rental car before February rolls around. Just don’t expect be able to pick one up at your neighborhood airport or rental office, as it looks like the very first Volts will be arriving at Enterprise's Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, California. It sounds like they’re already hard at work installing the new charging stations, so reserve your spot in line now!
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If you’re less than enthused about waiting in security lines for your chance at a free frisking, then driving to your holiday dinner table might be an option. Since you’ll be battling against other holiday travelers along the country’s interstates, it might be worth choosing a rental car. Just ensure you pop for the optional insurance, and you’ll be worry free as you block other cars from merging into your lane as you spread a little bit of holiday cheer.
There are so many different companies offering their vehicles to the masses, but JD Power and Associates has just released their picks for the best companies in the country according to customer satisfaction. This year Enterprise Rent-A-Car—they’re the ones that will pick you up—came out on top. One of our personal favorites, National Rental Car—we always get a thrill about picking our own car through their Emerald club—came in second. National, along with Alamo, are owned by their big rental car brothers over at Enterprise.
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Car rental companies have been promising the electric slide at the rental car aisle for many months now, and now it looks like another vehicle will be making an appearance next year. Enterprise is teaming up with CODA Automotive to put about 100 of the all-electric automobiles into the hands of everyone from the crunchy-granola-type to those in business suits.
These new cars might not have the same brand recognition of the forthcoming Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt, but they definitely know how to do their thing for quite a bit of time without a need to swing by the pumps. Full charges usually take around six hours, but if you’re short on time, just two hours on the charger will result in a 40-mile range.
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If you’re trying to save the earth but still can’t stand the thought of using public transportation on your next trip, give Enterprise car rental a call. Besides offering to pick you up, they’ll also sign you up for an electric vehicle. The rental car firm plans to offer up plenty of Nissan Leaf cars starting early next year.
By January 2011, the rental car company will have signed the papers on 500 of the eco-chic cars, and eventually they’ll thrown down the cash to get some other alternative vehicles from other manufacturers. We’re thinking that means the Chevy Volt, but we’ll have to wait and see.