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Rental Car Experiences?

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    I'd bet it is a very numb car. You'll get a basic spec as a rental too. But, it's a rental, reliability and mileage trump all for 90% of renters.

    I saw a Passat and Avalon rental this morning - I wonder how much fleet sales are padding the stats of both those companies.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    edited December 2012
    My sister was thinking of doing exactly this last month. She wound up taking her '05 Forester in for a bunch of work.

    "Holiday-travel hassles and aging family vehicles may be pushing more people toward renting cars, which may seem more reliable than flying, riding the rails or even driving their own cars."

    As Cars Age, Do Consumers Swing to Rentals? (Wall St. Journal)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    People do that in Europe, especially those (a huge amount) who can commute via mass transit. They often rent cars for weekends or special trips, it's a normal thing.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    In my sister's case, her Subaru has ~130,000 miles and she didn't much trust it for the nine hour drive to Chattanooga for Christmas (especially after I kept harping on her overdue timing belt change).

    I'll have to mention to her that part of the maintenance cost will be defrayed by the amount she saved not renting a car.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    If she relies on it as an every day car out of necessity too, it is kind of wasting money not fixing or replacing it, as she'll need a car anyway.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    edited December 2012
    Yeah, but unlike the road she can call friends for a lift around home if she breaks down, and knows what shops to avoid. That was her justification for not doing the timing belt.

    The other thing I kept harping on was that a $1,000 repair bill was only three or four car payments. For months and months I was afraid she was going to just go buy a MINI (with no nearby dealer) and get back on car payments - or use the ruined engine as an excuse. She finally decided she wanted to put off that hit to her pension for a while longer, bless her. :shades:
  • berriberri Posts: 4,000
    I think her rental car approach can actually work. It gives her a nicer ride for distance travel and helps her put off major car outlays. Meanwhile, sometimes you can rent for less than the 30 plus cents a mile car driving can cost. Depending on the deal, sometimes I rent for a trip rather than tacking on the mileage to my own vehicle. Gotta do the arithmetic. Of course, being a woman by herself and given all the nut jobs out there, a reliable vehicle can be a good safety insurance policy as well.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    edited December 2012
    Good points. But she's a well traveled retired flight attendant and she'd probably flatten any joker that got in her face. Breaking down isn't much fun though, anywhere it happens.

    There is an Enterprise in the next town.

    And a Rent A Wreck. :D
  • berriberri Posts: 4,000
    Maybe those experienced flight attendants toughen up from putting up with pilots. Kind of like nurses with surgeons I think.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    I guess I was thinking most people can't randomly call people and get rides. She's in a lucky position there :shades:

    If she has no real reason to replace the old car, and isn't an enthusiast, maybe just talk her into using the cheap route - fix old car, and if she feels unsafe, still rent for long trips.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,919
    edited December 2012
    She really is lucky - most of her friends are retired too and her group is always swapping rides with each other. Lots of help with doctor visits too. She got a ride home this morning with an antiquing friend after dropping the car off.

    I'll find out by Friday if she feels ripped off by the mechanic. Heaven forbid the Subie dies on the way home from the shop - she'll write me out of her will. :blush:
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,567
    after I point out to my wife how much stuff she has to leave behind thanks to having downsized from an Odyssey to an RDX, I may be out renting a minivan Christmas eve to take instead when we go family visiting for Christmas.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • berriberri Posts: 4,000
    We downsized from an Ody to a CRV after our kids finished college and were on their own. Figured, might as well save some gas. It's been a great vehicle really. But, we have rented vans and crossovers on multiple occasions because we needed more space. Will probably move back up to one of those next year after the CRV is paid for.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 296
    Got a 2013 Escape in Seattle today. It must have the 2.0 EcoBoost because it's much peppier than others I've had. It's got just over 13,000 miles on it and is also quieter than others I've had (no rattles, wind noise, etc.) It's a little too "cute" for me but I do like the way it drives.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    I saw a rental one of those in Bellevue this morning, silver. Also a rental Avenger - a model that must only sell to fleets now.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 296
    edited January 2013
    I've been fortunate enough to avoid getting an Avenger. That and the Malibu are two I steer away from at all costs.

    Heading back to NC today, picking up a rental there but the Charlotte location usually doesn't have the best selection, although sometimes they surprise me. However a couple of times I've shown up to find about 40 Impalas in the Emerald and Executive selection.

    Overall I liked the Escape, however I have noticed fuel economy isn't anything to write home about. In a mix of city and highway driving I averaged just over 20.5. Decent I guess but I expected more with all the hoopla around Ecoboost.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,890
    Without fleets, the Impala wouldn't exist right now. I suppose finding a loaded car on the lot wouldn't be bad. The new one can't come soon enough. I mainly rent for personal use, and usually reserve a higher class to avoid such cars.

    That Ecoboost must have to work hard at times.
  • seank2seank2 Brunswick, GeorgiaPosts: 65
    After sideswiping a deer in my Mercedes R-Class a few weeks ago, the good people at State Farm sent me to Enterprise on their dime for 15 days. Being in a very rural, very small town, I was quite nervous as to what I was going to get. Lucky me, when the Enterprise clerk asked "what kind of car is in the shop?" and I told her, she took me out to the lot and showed me everything they had available. Selection was surprisingly decent: Black with tan top Chrysler 200 convertible; 2013 Buick Lacrosse; White over black Chrysler 300; Kia Sorento; and various Corollas, Chevy Cruzes and other typical Enterprise fare.

    I opted for the 2013 Chrysler 300. 8 speed auto, Pentastar V6, Sirius, UConnect, all the goodies. I travel extensively for business, so I spent lots of time in the car. Chrysler's new emphasis on interiors is spectacular, and made me think this is an American car I might actually consider buying. This is my second 300 rental since the summer, and its a surprisingly decent car from a company that I left for dead in the last few years.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 296
    Agreed, if you get a loaded Impala it's not like being in a penalty box, it's just boring and lifeless, although the 2012 models do have the 3.6L that's fairly quick, but still.

    The 1.6 Ecoboost really has to work hard, I didn't pop the hood on this one to check but I feel like it had to be the 2.0 as it was much smoother and seemed to handle the hills in Seattle a lot better than the 1.6 I had in Denver.
  • jpp5862jpp5862 NCPosts: 296
    How's the 8 speed tranny? My 2011 Grand Cherokee had the 5-speed and it wasn't nearly up to the task, the 8 speed couldn't have come soon enough.
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