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Have you ever had that moment of panic when driving on a Florida highway as you realize you have no idea how to pay the associated tolls? Some of Florida's toll lanes don't have cash tollbooths, but they do have plenty of signs warning drivers when they're about to enter, causing unnecessary anxiety for some out-of-state visitors.
Most Florida residents have a SunPass that offers lower toll rate, but those who don't can still take Florida's toll lanes. However, the tolling cameras will take a photo of their license plate and mail the car's registered owner a TOLL-BY-PLATE invoice including all of their tolls for that month, plus a $2.50 administrative charge.
Out-of-state visitors driving their own cars don't have to worry about paying tolls either because they'll get the same TOLL-BY-PLATE invoice mailed to their home. If planning an extended stay in Florida, anyone can also register for a SunPass, without being a Florida resident.
But if you're in a RENTAL CAR, the bill for the toll will go to the rental car company, who will send it to you with some added fees. Joy.
For those lucky enough to be heading out to Arizona for this year’s big game, be sure to keep an eye out for any goodies left behind in your rental car. We’re not just talking about your phone, wallet, and belongings—but other more Super possessions as well.
The rental car lot is often home to forgotten treasures, but none is more valuable than the recent discovery inside one vehicle from the folks over at Enterprise. It wasn’t the rental agent this time, but it was actually an NFL agent who discovered it—after he was checking under the seats for his own goodies.
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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.
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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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Regardless of which Hawaiian Island you're traveling to, one thing you'll really want to have is a rental car. On Oahu, you'll want to be able to escape Waikiki and explore the North Shore. On Maui, there are too many awesome towns, such as Lahaina, Kihei, and Paia, to stay put in one place. And on Kauai, the island's two main attractions, Waimea Canyon and Hanalei Bay, are over an hour apart. And don't forget about all the coastal highways - each island has its fair share of beautiful drives.
That said, having a rental car might be even more valuable on Molokai and Lanai. Scratch that. You don't just want a car - you want a four-wheel drive vehicle. Exploration is easy on Oahu and Maui thanks to the abundance of paved-road infrastructure. This is not the case on Molokai and Lanai, the latter having only three paved roads on the island. The rest? They're dirt roads, ready to be explored by the adventurous.
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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.
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So you probably know that Colorado has legalized marijuana—in all kinds of forms—for recreational use. However, you probably didn’t know that there’s a new place to acquire the state’s latest cash crop. It’s your rental car!
Okay—not really, but it does sound like unwanted marijuana has found a second home within the rental car garage. Most of the stuff is left behind at Denver International Airport right in the rental car, and sometimes it’s even offered up to the agents by those departing the state.
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There’s nothing worse than a dirty, smelly, or otherwise not up to par rental car. We always get a little thrill getting in our rental for the first time, and that’s especially the case if we’re doing a good chunk of driving. Thankfully Hertz understands our passion for an awesome set of wheels, and they’re introducing a new set of promises and certifications.
In a way this just sounds like they’re putting a new spin and marketing angle on something they should—and might be—already offering; however, we’ll try to give them the benefit of the doubt here. Basically the new Hertz Certified Clean & Safe program is a 35-point checklist to ensure the car you’re picking up is truly good-to-go.
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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.