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#1723669 - 07/26/12 03:33 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Skittles
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I recently booked a car and named my own price through Priceline for our trip to Maui. Ended up paying half of what I would have if we would have booked directly. It will be through Alamo, not sure how this will go but I did like being able to book it at a much reduced price. smile
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#1723702 - 07/26/12 04:03 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Skittles
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I have also used Priceline several times for different locations and saved a bundle. Enterprise is good, too. Hertz is usually way over-priced every time I have compared. The only bad experience I can recall was with Dollar on Oahu.
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#1723721 - 07/26/12 04:20 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Skittles
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I've had great experiences with National. Enterprise used to be good but the last few times - not so much. I will say that Dollar stepped up to the plate after the experience my daughter had and refunded all the additional insurance the agent pressured her to buy (about $300 worth!)

I've also had good experiences with Hertz. One time, I was returning to the airport in Philadelphia and took the wrong off-ramp and wound up in a not so nice looking area. I called the number on my rental contract, they patched me through to the local branch at the airport, and the guy talked me through the directions back to the rental car drop-off. At that point, I was running late, so he had me get in the passenger seat and he drove me to the terminal to drop me off. Good thing because I just barely made my flight!
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#1723722 - 07/26/12 04:21 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations DD Regs
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Budget gave me an Explorer with a patched tire. Did not know tire was patched until it went flat on the way to the airport on major Interstate in Florida. Many thanks to the Hwy patrol that helped get the darn thing off.

Interesting comments about Hertz, always had good experiences with them, Enterprise too.
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#1723747 - 07/26/12 04:51 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Comply 101
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BTW, Enterprise car rental agency was so named because the two founders served on the USS Enterprise.

Funny story. I took my rental car back to Enterprise in June to drop it off, and my brother followed me up there. While I'm inside at the counter, my brother walks in. He doesn't acknowledge me at all. The following conversation ensues.

Brother: Is this Enterprise?
Employee (hiding his "duh" face very well): Yes, it is.
Brother: Well, is Captain Kirk here?
Employee (again masking his emotions very well): Uh no, he's not, actually.
Brother: laughs I'm just messing with you. I'm here with him.
Employee (definite sign of relief in his face): That's OK, we like it when people keep us on our toes.
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#1723754 - 07/26/12 05:13 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Sinatra Fan
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laugh

does your brother live in Joisey too?

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#1723758 - 07/26/12 05:17 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Skittles
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When I travel, it isn't to drive a cool car. I always go with the cheapest which has always been Dollar or Thifty. Never ha a problem with either agency. I always go economy or compact. Savings in rental and gas are worth te most to me.
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#1723819 - 07/26/12 06:39 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Miscuit
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Originally Posted By: Miscuit
laugh

does your brother live in Joisey too?


No, that brother lives in WA. He has this quiet demeanor, but you never know what he'll come out with all of a sudden.

Then again, that's true of all the brothers. smirk

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#1723821 - 07/26/12 06:41 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Sinatra Fan
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hmmmmm

is he married?

how tall is he?

laugh

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#1723824 - 07/26/12 06:43 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Skittles
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laugh laugh laugh

I nearly choked when I read that. Thank you for the laugh!!

And I agree with Dip, I go with Dollar, they are the cheapest and I've never had any problems.
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#1723832 - 07/26/12 06:51 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Miscuit
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Originally Posted By: Miscuit
hmmmmm

is he married?

how tall is he?

laugh


Does it really matter to you? shocked laugh
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#1723833 - 07/26/12 06:52 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations edAudit
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laugh

yeah

well at least the married part smirk

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#1723844 - 07/26/12 07:10 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Skittles
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Originally Posted By: Duchess Skittles
Thanks for everyone's recommendations and we're very excited about this trip. Neither one of us has ever been to the Pacific Northwest. Hoping to see wildlife from the safety of my car (ha). There are mountain lions and a few grizzly bears up there which makes me nervous. Yes, I'm a little silly.


LOL--never heard of grizzlies at Rainier. You're more likely to see deer, racoons, chipmunks, mountain goats...maybe a black bear. Cougars if you're out in the woods. If you're driving up the coast do the Olympic peninsula (go to the Hoh rain forrest, Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park, Crescent Lake, Sol Duc hotsprings, check out the troll houses http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/1407 http://search.reel-scout.com/location_de...style=&int= ) Head northeast of Seattle to go to some wineries...take Hwy 2 over the North Cascades (breathtaking) and that will drop you into Winthrop (cowboy theme town). More wineries in eastern Washington, which is more desert than western Washington. Go to Leavenworth if you like Bavarian. That's always fun.
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#1723855 - 07/26/12 07:29 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Miscuit
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Originally Posted By: Miscuit
hmmmmm

is he married?

how tall is he?

laugh


Sorry, Miscuit, all my brothers are married. smile
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#1723860 - 07/26/12 07:33 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations 'Lil Freak!
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I agree on Leavenworth. The only other reason I went east of the Cascades was for a James Taylor concert at The Gorge at George. Absolutely fantastic concert setting!
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#1723867 - 07/26/12 07:51 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Skittles
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Mountain goats - that would be cool. We've seen black bears in the Smokey's and although that would be neat it wouldn't be anything 'new'.

Thanks Freak and we'll check this out over the weekend. We've talked about going to the wineries a little north. One of our favorite things to do is visit wineries and sample - and of course purchase.
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#1723910 - 07/26/12 08:50 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations 'Lil Freak!
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... Go to Leavenworth if you like Bavarian. That's always fun.

+1
I went there once for a couple of days in the fall. Honestly, I mostly hung out in the beer garden here though >>> www.munchenhaus.com
Made me wish that we had some Bavarian places around here.

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#1723924 - 07/26/12 09:14 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations tdogz
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My car rental company of choice is National. Rented a car from them nearly every week for almost 2 years, and have never had a bad experience.

Their Seattle airport location also has Emerald Aisle service. Which basically means that you can just walk out into their lot and take any car you want (within the car class you reserved that is)

You do have to be a member of their Emerald club to do that, but you can enroll right on their website before you reserve your car.
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#1723955 - 07/26/12 10:05 PM Re: Car Rental Recommendations Bimmer
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Originally Posted By: Bimmer
My car rental company of choice is National. Rented a car from them nearly every week for almost 2 years, and have never had a bad experience.

Their Seattle airport location also has Emerald Aisle service. Which basically means that you can just walk out into their lot and take any car you want (within the car class you reserved that is)


That's one reason why I like renting from National. I got a very nice Chrysler 300 not long ago. That was certainly better than the Dodge Caliber I rented from Enterprise!

BTW - if the rental car company tries to put you in a Dodge Caliber - don't just say "No", say "Oh Heyall NO!" Seriously it's one of the worst cars on the road!
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