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Rental Car Experiences?

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,007
    I think Vegas is like Miami. You see a lot of expensive exotics, but for old stuff you've got to get away from the city limits. That's probably a bit true for parts of LA as well. Ironically, I never noticed much of that high priced stuff around San Jose despite the Silicon Valley. Maybe I was just in the wrong part of the area (did find an In and Out Burger though :-) )
  • There's a new collector car dealership opening up there but I don't think they are going to do rentals...called MyHotCars I think it is. Some collector car businesses do rent old stuff out, usually for weddings and movies though, not for cruising. Not a bad idea, though.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    And for a lot of those exotics, it is a safe bet to assume they are rentals - Vegas and Miami have a considerable amount of exotic rental companies.

    Maybe SJ isn't the pretentious area? I don't see any Ferraris in Seattle away from the dealership neighborhood, but go out to Bellevue/Kirkland/Redmond, and you'll eventually see just about anything (I still remember the afternoon my commute grind was spent behind an Enzo).
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    There have been a few vintage dealerships around Seattle. I've wondered how they stay afloat, as their prices usually start at "high" and climb rapidly from there. I suppose looking for lucky boomers with more money than sense.

    There was a place in LA that would rent old cars, esp convertibles, I don't know if it still exists though.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    edited November 2013
    I have to imagine there are a few insurance claims. I saw one splitting lanes last night, don't know if that is legal here or wise on a heavy wide bike. I didn't see anyone offering a normal ~600cc standard or sportbike, or a dual sport.

    In Germany, Sixt rents BMW bikes ranging from the big C650 super-scooter to the superbikes.
  • I doubt it's illegal in Las Vegas. The inscription on the Nevada license plate should read:

    "Yeah, you can do that here".
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    I don't know, Vegas has some odd restrictions, I noticed a lot of infuriating no turn on red signs, for example. I checked on it - lane splitting is legal there in stopped traffic, so the guy in the wide 900lb small car was OK.

    Turned in my rental today, no issues. Put virtually 1000 miles on it in 8 days. No problems at all, I'd wanted to try a 2014 Impala (2LTZ only, please), and I wasn't disappointed. National had a very efficient turn in system too.

    At Hertz, I spotted some Prestige cars stored away, several new Porsches.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Hertz hired one of my co-workers yesterday for one of the jobs I want and he's older than I am. He's a bit mouthy though in that, he never shuts up and talks just to talk! Why in hell would they hire that? Heard he has been "bugging them" on a very manic level, so...I won't do that, I just wrote a thank you note to the hiring guy that spoke with me last week to thank him and again saying how much I would like a job there...I won't badger them like this guy did as it ain't my style. If they want me, they can have me and I just hope my cane won't keep them from considering me, as we know it will not be my age!
    Have another interview this morning so we'll see...will accept if they offer me something as I really need to move on...the new boss is the same as the old in that his favorites get the best work and I am getting the [non-permissible content removed] work and still working less than others. Have also let him know that I will no longer be a taxi for that other guy I pick up...he never offers gas money and always has an excuse when I ask and told my boss long ago we ain't a package deal! I want to be responsible for me...but he is taking advantage now and I am over it.
    So wish me luck...did stop in yesterday while working at the airport to see where I have to go today and like I say, if they offer me a job today, I will take it as Hertz might not come through for me even though it would be perfect...I still want to work! And why say no to a job while waiting for one that might not come through...seems dumb. Luckily, I do not have to work, but it's the difference between steak and hamburger really...we can live on my pension and whatever the wife brings in but if I work, the retirement accounts won't need to be touched which is why I am working...that extra bit pays for the "other" stuff...we don't need to take minimum distributions till we reach 70 and 1/2 I think from the ira accounts but we can at 59 and 1/2 from what I hear. Best to keep working part time and save the retirement for later! We shall see! The Dollar guy asked me to work again today at the airport but had a dental cleaning at 8 and then the interview so had to decline. Had let boss know last week but he called last night and asked me to work until I reminded him that I had sent him my schedule of appointments and says I could not work. I make it so easy and these guys just won't understand that! i need a new job badly where I have a set schedule and the boss is fair with employee work hours...ain't too much to ask now is it!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Went and listened and then...left! It's not the one as it's basically moving vehicles in the airport all day, something I will not do for 8 hours every day. Also, I was the only white, English speaking person there which isn't a good sign...just got a bad vibe so I left. They didn't have my paperwork either even though I did stop in yesterday which was a bad sign also. This ain't the right one either, so...I will sit tight and basically work when I want to at USA for the time being and hope Hertz will want me, as that is the "perfect fit" right now. Still surprised they hired that co-worker as he is always talking, never shuts up for even a minute, when i first spent time with him I really thought he had a mental issue cause he just can't sit without saying something. And it's pretty stupid stuff most of the time...he just talks to talk which is something that has always bothered me in people. Talk when you have to but to just speak nonsense all the time is crazy. So something tells me their standards aren't that high employee wise. I prefer not to badger them every time and just do the work in a quiet professional way and hope they like my work ethic and demeanor.
    Also stopped by Carmax to drive the CT 200H again, as it's still there...the one in Miami sold but there is a brown over black in Ft. Myers for $27k but the color combo isn't wonderful...but the mileage is, just over 19k without navi which is fine by me for a 2012 model. It did drive nicely today and prefer the grey over ivory interior but the miles are a lot, over 31k so not much of the 4/50 factory warranty left at all...probably only months. So, I left unhappy and especially since they only offered me $7k for my Civic!!! The only issue is the rear bumper cover has some issues from the garage door hitting it twice but besides that, it's pristine and up to date maintenance wise. Bet I could get $10k easy if I sold it myself...it looks that good with the alloys and the great sound system. If I did sell it to Carmax, the wheels come off and the amp comes out but again, I couldn't pull the trigger even after seeing the numbers if I financed about $12k...figured their $7k and my cash of $10k and then adding on their warranty since it is a hybrid with a cvt tranny. But seeing that only 2 out of the 4 of us are for it, probably not the best thing to do since I could get a brand new Verano or ILX, be even more happy and call it a day. The mileage of 43/40 was pretty sweet though!

    The Sandman :) :shades: :sick:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    Too bad about the job, I guess the one moving cars from location to location is the "exciting" one. Maybe your friend wore them down and he was hired just to shut him up - maybe try that ;)

    I bet there's a lot of negotiating room on an ILX especially - they haven't taken the world by storm. National at LAX had one in their fleet, but it was pretty basic.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Went on an interview for the same type of job but in West Palm on Friday so hope it comes through. Seems to be a better run company and the dispatcher is the one who picks the crew, not the chase driver...seems more fair to me. Got a very good vibe when I was there...seems to be abetter run organization so we'll see. No word on Hertz yet but if that comes through, I will be set...what a great thing that would be and think I'd be the happiest at that job. It's in G-d's hands now and if it is meant to be, it'll happen. Anyways, I think USA will be DOA very soon as it is so I must find another gig. Only worked 12 hours last week though they wanted me back at the airport Tuesday and offered to come after my dental appointment but they said no. Missed out on a few Orlando trips with the old boss and heard he had a lot of trouble getting a crew together but refused to call me...fool! Did see an old co-worker who told me that I was missed, the whole crew said they missed me which made me feel good but sad at the same time as I'd run back if the boss would just ask me to. Pride is a terrible thing when it gets in the way of something positive. And if he's give an inch, I'd give a mile!
    So now we wait...i know I will land on my feet either south or north of my house...I hope it's south!!!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    Amex - $25 insurance for the duration of the rental. Done. That along with my normal insurance should have me more than covered.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    Good luck! Don't go back to the old place, sanity is worth more than what they pay. Don't reward a poor boss. You'll find something else.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Wife said the same thing...just walk away with your head up because they are not worth your time. Think you two are right here. Glad I turned down today because a commitment is a commitment and I promised my wife I would either take over or help with this account. She's my old postal customer but really likes and trusts my wife to do her books. She trained me on what to do today...go through her "junk" mail and throw most of it away, pay her monthly bills and keep a current balance in her check book. Just have to enter her pension and social security payments and subtract out her bills and contributions. Then file everything in her "system" which the wife set up...pretty easy really. I could see today that she has a slight issue with me coming alone as she trusts my wife so I told her that we'd come together monthly and get it done...old folks like the continuity and she wants to know my wife is not dropping her. We go back next month but have also scheduled lunch where she'll take us out. Also let her know that if she needs a ride anywhere and if I am free, I would take her as she gave up her vehicle...she's 100 but still pretty spry. I was her brother's mailman before I became hers so we've known each other since 1991, a long time.
    Agree that it's time for me to kiss USA goodbye once and for all...will miss the nice co-workers but that's it...they treated me like garbage and I plan to take them out to the curb once and for all!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Couldn't wait so I called and he said he'd call me back. I got the gig in West Palm with the new company...told him I am ready to start tomorrow! Am thrilled right now and only one thing would make me happier, besides selling the Civic, and that's if the Hertz job comes through. Maybe now it will and anyways, I am so thankful to G-d right now for opening this door for me as I left it in his hands. Hopefully there will be work in the morning but will call between 5 and 6 like we are supposed to. Wife is pleased but said to keep it quiet, no posting on fb or telling everyone and think she's right. Need to wait for the appropriate time though I bet some of my USA co-workers would be interested on this but gonna keep the mouth shut for now. And if USA calls me, I will just hold them off for as long as possible.
    For right now and before Hertz decides, this is the best course of action for me as who knows, it could be the perfect gig actually! It just might be! I am very pleased right now. Now, if that Civic would just sell also...!!!

    The Elated Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,986
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    Cool, that didn't take too long, really.

    Do you know who they work with? I think Sixt has a branch in that area.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    He said all the majors like Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt...basically a similar company...we will see. Told him I am ready to start in the morning. I should be at Hertz tomorrow if my crew chiefwas fair but I ain't and he isn't either...he basically lied to my face when he said he'd be fair! It's been 2 weeks since I was last there and i know his favorite few have been there numerous times since I was. Decided not to call him today to see what he'd do...and he did what I knew he would...nothing!
    I owe USA nothing anymore, but they owe me $ which I will have sent to me but plan to just be quiet and see where that leads. I did learn a lot there so was worth the crap I guess but will watch myself at this new gig and not tell the others much about my life...too much personal stuff can come back to bite ya in the [non-permissible content removed].! Will be smart this time and also quiet! Just hello and goodbye and not much more...and I will be their best worker, I promise.

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    edited November 2013
    Hopefully they will pay you before they collapse.

    Good luck getting to try on some cool cars in the new job.

    My local Avis/Budget had a new unplated Infiniti Q50 sitting on their lot - I wonder if it is going into the fleet. I've read National has them.
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