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Old 07-13-07, 09:27 PM
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Automobile rental advice?

I'm going to be renting a car here pretty soon for a relatively long term, but I've never rented a car before, so I don't really know what to expect.

I turn to you, Denizens of Foo, for your advice, expertise, and thoughts (with a dash of smartassedness and sarcasm, no doubt). What can I expect? Will not having a credit card be an issue? I do have a debit card, and I'd be willing to put down a deposit if required. Also, I pass the age test, so no worries there. Which agencies have you had good/bad experiences with? What sayeth Foo?

I've been told that the insurance offered is pretty much a ripoff. If this is the case, it would be a relief, because such a thing would add over 50% to the cost of the rental. I'm going to try to get ahold of my current car insurance provider to see what kind of coverage they offer in such a situation.

While the rental agency offices at airports seem to have a better selection of cars, the 11% tax for picking up there is a killer. Unfortunately, it seems that most rental agencies "proudly" offer mostly Ford products. There are a few GM products sprinkled in, and Hertz even offers a few Toyotas, a Mazda, and a Subaru.
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I've heard the insurance was a ripoff, but I'm not sure. I rented a car a few years ago and got into an accident with it. My insurance company (state farm) said I was covered, but much of costs were not covered. I still had to come up with $1200 out of pocket.
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I don't have good advice about the rest, but as for the make of the car, who cares? Most major agencies rent out very new vehicles. You most likely won't have a problem with the car no matter what brand it is. Besides, a Ford Focus is a perfectly fine car. I happily drove one for five years.
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I'll rate the Rentals I've used:
1-Hertz
2-National (they have new keyless Altimas now)
3-Avis

They are so expensive, if you are paying for it yourself, especially with the insurance, but the advantage is that you have no out-of-pocket when you take all the insurance options.

Another alternative is Flex Car, where you share a car at a much lower cost than renting.
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Old 07-13-07, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by KingTermite
I still had to come up with $1200 out of pocket.
Well, considering I'd be looking at $400-500 for insurance, I'd be willing to take the risk of having to shell out $1200. My driving record so far is spotless, and hopefully that will continue.

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I don't have good advice about the rest, but as for the make of the car, who cares?
I'll be driving the thing for thousands of miles over the course of as much as a month, so I wouldn't mind getting something I somewhat like. The Focus I'm fairly indifferent to (I've heard that the newer ones are actually not bad, more of a European Ford I guess), but the next step up in the Rental Ford line is the Taurus, and I hate Tauruses.

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I'll rate the Rentals I've used:
1-Hertz
2-National (they have new keyless Altimas now)
3-Avis

They are so expensive, if you are paying for it yourself, especially with the insurance, but the advantage is that you have no out-of-pocket when you take all the insurance options.

Another alternative is Flex Car, where you share a car at a much lower cost than renting.
Hertz is kind of looking like the way to go at the moment. Just wanted to see what experiences people have had, to make sure that Hertz isn't just the 800-pound gorilla. As for the price, I was surprised at how affordable it looks like it's going to be. I never would have thought that prices would be starting at $650-700 or so. Makes me feel kind of dumb that I waited so long to consider renting a car.

The FlexCar thing looks interesting, but I don't think they'd appreciate me picking one up and putting that many miles on it over that period of time.
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Old 07-13-07, 10:15 PM
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Ford cars of all types other than old Tempo's beat the hell out of a Chevy Cobalt, that's for sure.
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Old 07-13-07, 10:22 PM
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I don't know about that, but the Cobalt ain't high on the list, either. Warmed-over Cavalier, woo.
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I rented one once. A Cobalt that is. And my gear head friend who sells Chevy's agrees with me. Such underpowered trash. Kinda good on gas though.
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I remember when my father's car was involved in an accident, insurance paid for a rental car. They didn't pay for insurance though, and I think he ended up paying 28 dollars out of pocket for two days. It's expense, but I would be reluctant to go without it. If something does happen, something serious, you could be really screwed. It only takes a split second.
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I'd go with the insurance. Yes, it costs, but the ability to just walk away if there is a wreck in a remote town is more than worth it. It beats repeatedly flying into the town for court dates and other bogus crap.
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My only advise on rental cars is don't be the DD when the two jackasses in the back seat decide it'd be a good idea to have a beer fight.



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Old 07-15-07, 11:02 AM
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I remember reading in Consumer Reports once to only purchase the insurance if you don't already own a car and have insurance on it.
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Ask your insurance agent about the insurance. You will get a straight answer, not an anecdote that may not apply to your situation. I never bought it.

I have used Enterprise whenever I need a rental. When I was working, I drove old junk (cheap) cars to work and rented a nice one for trips, vacations etc. Enterprise was the best deal. They have newer cars of various makes. They will pick you up at home. They almost always have discounts or coupons available... they won't tell you about them if you don't ask. It's worth it to ask, they usually run about 15% or more.
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Nobody has spoken up w/ the credit card issue. So I will say this, You cannot get a rental without one. A debit card will work as well. I rent quite frequently and find this charge and that charge adds up. If you have ins and a good policy, I would not opt for their ins. An upgrade is not a lot of money. The last one I rented was a new Camry at only 4 dollars a day over a clunky Cobalt. How much comfort you want is relative to how much you want to spend. If you can get a Focus for $17 a day, why not get a Camry or equal for $22 a day? What is the big deal even over a weeks time? Shoved in a Focus all week compared to the comfort of an upgrade is well worth the cost.
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Originally Posted by donnamb
I remember reading in Consumer Reports once to only purchase the insurance if you don't already own a car and have insurance on it.
I'll be contacting the insurance company to confirm, but that's good to know.

Originally Posted by Dogbait
I have used Enterprise whenever I need a rental. When I was working, I drove old junk (cheap) cars to work and rented a nice one for trips, vacations etc. Enterprise was the best deal. They have newer cars of various makes. They will pick you up at home. They almost always have discounts or coupons available... they won't tell you about them if you don't ask. It's worth it to ask, they usually run about 15% or more.
I had looked at Enterprise, and the prices seemed pretty good, even before the discounts you mention, but the mileage restrictions are a killer:
Originally Posted by Enterprise
MILEAGE IS UNLIMITED WHEN VEHICLE REMAINS IN CA NV AND OR. IF TRAVELING OUTSIDE OF THESE STATES MILEAGE WILL BE CHARGED AT 150 FREE MILES/DAY AND .25 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL MILE, FOR THE ENTIRE RENTAL.
Ouch.

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Nobody has spoken up w/ the credit card issue. So I will say this, You cannot get a rental without one. A debit card will work as well.
Oh, whew, you scared me there for a second. I do have a debit card.

Originally Posted by wfin2004
If you can get a Focus for $17 a day, why not get a Camry or equal for $22 a day? What is the big deal even over a weeks time? Shoved in a Focus all week compared to the comfort of an upgrade is well worth the cost.
Yeah, if I end up going wih Hertz, I'm seriously considering spending the extra $250 or so for the Subaru Outback station wagon. Even if I don't, there's a Corolla for not much more than the Hyundai Accent and Ford Focus.


And by the way, thanks to everyone for your comments. I appreciate it.
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