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If you want a car from the airport, a car by the hour, or anything especially unique, we’re pretty sure Hertz has you covered. It seems like each year the rental car giant expands into more and more areas, as they do their best to be all things to all customers. Well now it looks like they’ve got some new vehicles on the menu, as Hertz Dream Cars is now an offshoot of the main brand.
It’s exactly what it sounds like, as Hertz is now renting out cars that you’ll just never be able to own. Think Ferrari, Aston Martin, and Lamborghini. There’s some Porches, Audis, and Mercedes in there as well, as those are pretty good if you’re looking to make a little bit less of a statement.
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In case you missed it, Silvercar is the coolest rental car company around. They only give out silver Audi A4s, and a lot of the rental car magic is done from the comfort of your mobile device. Right now they’re pretty much doing their thing down in Texas, but if things catch on we’re sure they’ll be up for a little expansion elsewhere.
The best news from them is their new partnership and promotion with Virgin America, as they’re pretty much giving away rental cars—no strings attached. Travelers arriving aboard a Virgin America flight—and who are Virgin America Elevate members—are welcome to try out a one-day rental car free of charge upon arrival.
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As far as rental car companies are concerned there’s plenty of copycat strategies when it comes to keeping up with the competition. The latest news comes from Hertz, as it looks like the company is totally taking a page from the car sharing industry in order to breathe a little extra life into their usual business model.
Through the Hertz 24/7 service they’re looking to make plenty of cars available to plenty of people exactly when they need them. Right now there’s around 35,000 cars available for the taking at any given time, but they’re getting ready for a decent sized expansion. Once 2016 rolls around they might just be pushing roughly 500,000 ready-to-go vehicles worldwide, as these cars are prepared and equipped for anytime access.
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The Chappy ferry!
Welcome to summer! Let's talk island, hm? We just got back from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the notoriously expensive Martha's Vineyard and this week we'll share with you all the awesome, not-so-spendy stuff we loved on the sandy bit of land off the coast of Massachusetts. Pack your wayfarers, your preppiest pants, boat shoes (no socks!), and away we go!
Part 1: Getting there by air
Part 2: Getting around
At 100 square miles, Martha's Vineyard is no tiny island. In fact, it can boast of the fact that it's the "largest island not connected to mainland by a bridge or tunnel on the East Coast of the United States." As such, there's a plethora of ways to get around and see all rose-covered picket fences, lighthouses (5 still standing!), cottage bakeries and ocean vistas your heart desires.
Each individual town is very walkable, and the island offers many trails and hiking-friendly areas. There actually is an annual cross-island hike if you're really keen on seeing the entire island by two feet and two feet only, but we'd recommend you stick to that official event (next scheduled for June 7, 2014).
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Earlier this year we saw the annual return of the one-way rental car deals out of places like Florida, but this year the deals weren’t as extreme as in years past. Thankfully the rental car companies must have come to their senses, as it looks like the deals have expanded and become an even better deal.
Up first is Avis, as they have too many cars down in Florida and need to move ‘em elsewhere. You’ll be paying $9.95 per day for subcompact through standard car options, and you have through June 30 to book things and to get moving.
Enter AWD # S705900 when you’re ready to confirm, and you should be all set. All the details including the pickup locations can be found right here, as well as the drop off locations which include spots like New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Illinois and Colorado.
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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.
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If you’re renting a car anytime soon consider yourself lucky. Sure you might not get a Camaro or a Corvette to zoom around in during your weekend away; however, it’s the car that you’re not going to get that’s the most enjoyable. We’ve known for a while that the iconic—in a bad way—PT Cruiser was well on its way to being history, but now it sounds like things are pretty much official.
Travelers are now safe to approach the rental counter free from fear, as the PT Cruiser is no longer an option at most of the major rental car companies. The big boys like Hertz, National, and Avis have long gotten these off the rental car lots, as the last of the PT Cruisers rolled off the assembly line back in 2010. Bloomberg Businessweek wrote an obituary dedicated to the car, but they do note that with those new car sharing schemes that it might be a while before it truly ever disappears.
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Silvercar is still very much the new kid on the block when it comes to rental cars, but they’re already trying to connect with the cool kids who flock to Austin. Unfortunately they’re not quite ready to open up at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport just yet, but they are heading into town in advance of this year’s edition of SxSW.
In case you need a quick refresher, the deal with Silvercar is that everyone gets the same car—a silver Audi A4—and the whole process is pretty much completed from the comfort of your mobile phone. Right now they’re just doing their thing in and out of Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, but like we said they’re on the move down to a temporary home in Austin.
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It’s been a few months since we introduced you to the newest idea in airport parking and rental cars—FlightCar. Just in case you need a brief refresher, basically FlightCar offers the opportunity for those parking at the airport to rent out their cars while they’re not using them. Seems like a clever idea if you ask us, and now it looks like the first cars are available to rent.
Up first is San Francisco International Airport, and they’ve got room for those looking to rent out their cars and for those looking to rent cars. Rates are supposed to be competitive with what’s offered from the big boys, though FlightCar is so far claiming they'll have 50% cheaper rates than the usual rental car companies. Free insurance, free GPS, and pick-up right from the terminal look to set FlightCar apart from the usual suspects in the rental car garage.