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#599 of 738 Re: . [fintail]
Feb 13, 2013 (10:06 am)
I will be renting a car for the first time in a few years next month. Flying to California to visit family.
Economy class (Kia Rio or similar) from Burbank airport - $170 with taxes and fees for 5 days.
I know, it's not a C-class or a Volvo or some other premium make, but I just need A to B transportation.
#600 of 738 upgrades
by steve_ HOST
Feb 13, 2013 (6:51 pm)
"Luxury-car rentals are rapidly growing, and for some, you don't have to spend all that much more than you would for a full-size sedan. The nation's largest car-rental firm, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, which usually focuses its business on the lower end of the market, has expanded its "Exotic Car Collection" to 13 locations in six states, recently adding Houston and Naples, Fla. Hertz Corp., the second-largest, says rentals from its luxury-vehicle collection grew 15% between 2011 and 2012.
And last month, a startup company called Silvercar began renting nothing but silver Audi A4s with customized technology at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Current prices start at only $55 a day."
And this one deal must be hidden, sold out or over:
"Sixt Rent a Car, a European agency now rolling out operations in the U.S., is currently listing a deal in its new Seattle-Tacoma International Airport location on a Mercedes C-Class sedan for $50 a day."
The Rise of the Rent-a-Porsche (WSJ)
#601 of 738 Re: upgrades [steve_]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:40 pm)
Fun thing, renting highline cars has been normal in Europe for eons.
I'd also like details on the SEA Sixt having highlines - not on the site. I sent a message to a corporate spokesperson who said he would look into it, hasn't replied. But the company has had highlines elsewhere in the US for some time, at rates much less than the pricey Hertz Prestige Collection. I rented an A6 from Hertz in Vegas back in 07 - cost around $80/day, which I thought was a good deal.
$130/day for a Malibu? I've got a bridge to sell that person.
#602 of 738 picked up my $17.57 rental
by kyfdx HOST
Feb 16, 2013 (2:01 pm)
Picked lowest level car, but got free upgrade to the Emerald Aisle. Chose a new KIA Optima. Not a bad car. About 31 mpg on way down here to Louisville, today. (75-80 mph).
#603 of 738 Re: picked up my $17.57 rental [kyfdx]
Feb 16, 2013 (7:28 pm)
Nice price for a standard/fullsize car. How many miles were on it?
#604 of 738 Re: picked up my $17.57 rental [fintail]
by kyfdx HOST
Feb 16, 2013 (10:13 pm)
Feb 17, 2013 (9:40 pm)
The MB dealer where I just bought a car uses an Enterprise fleet for loaners. All C-class and GLK. I saw about 10 of them hanging around the shop area today.
#606 of 738 Re: picked up my $17.57 rental [kyfdx]
Feb 17, 2013 (9:41 pm)
Nice, and great price.
I am thinking next time I rent, I might just do it standard to sample a Fusion or Optima etc.
#607 of 738 Re: upgrades [fintail]
Feb 18, 2013 (12:49 pm)
We're doing a New England trip around Memorial Day, I wish Sixt had a location in Boston as we got cheap flights and hotels are free thanks to points so I'd gladly pay a little more for a nice car. Right now the car is free too but may see what they can upgrade to if National has anything interesting when we get there.
#608 of 738 Re: upgrades [jpp5862]
Feb 18, 2013 (4:03 pm)
Free is worth it. I participated in an online survey program and now have like 2500 Hertz points, which I think is about enough for a free week. Eventually I will use it, even though it has been many years since I have used the company.
National and Alamo both allow you to choose cars - I think a couple others do now, too. I think Sixt is at MIA and area, FLL, MCO, ATL, PHX, SEA, for the US. They are trying to expand, but it takes time and money.