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Getting around Chicago & Renting a Car

We (two adults and one rambunctious toddler) will be visiting family in Morton Grove, IL this coming week (Jun 28–Jul 4). Although we will be spending a few days with the family, we also want to make a number of trips into the city to see the sights. Since we are outside of Chicago we're wondering about the logistics of getting around. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jun 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Getting Voted off the Island (Victoria-Seattle Edition)

Rent a car on the island? Ferry, then rent a car stateside? Looking for low cost, shortest transit time from Nanaimo/Victoria to Seattle. Don't want to fly. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg on Apr 16, 2014 - 20 answers

How often are rental cars really rented?

I am failing at Google, so I apologize in advance for the question. I am wondering what percentage of days rental car companies are typically able to rent a particular car. That is to say: how many days is a specific car actually off the lot being rented per month/year/whatever? I am in the United States, and in North Carolina for those who are exceptionally good at this. I am guessing there is an industry standard, but I am too stupid to be able to find it. Thank you for your help!
posted by flarbuse on Jan 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Cheap Rates Now!

What's the best website for finding inexpensive car rental? Emphasis on last minute bookings (I'm traveling in two days). [more inside]
posted by maryr on Apr 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Need help choosing Aegean hotels/transportation in Turkey

My partner and I will be in Turkey later this month and will have three days in and around Izmir. We plan to visit Ephesus, the Dilek park, as well as maybe Samos and/or Chios. We need some help making decisions about how to get around and where in the area to stay for a few nights. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Apr 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Car Rental -- My Own Insurance or Hertz's?

I am going to Kona (yay!) and renting a car for just under two weeks. When I get to the counter, I want to avoid my usual confusion, and random behavior, when dealing with insurance coverage. [more inside]
posted by Danf on Feb 3, 2013 - 16 answers

A Question About Renting a Car

I am supposed to be traveling later in the month, and I will need a rental car. However, I cannot afford to pay for the car myself... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Boston: Now What (Redux)

I have NYC-Boston down to a science. Now please help me figure out the other end of my trip to the suburbs in a sane fashion. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari on Jan 14, 2013 - 23 answers

Will Visa cover my rental car collision waiver?

Will Visa cover my rental car collision damage waiver even if it is my wife's card and the rental car is in my name? What is the best way around paying the rental company $20/day for damage waiver but still be covered? Any experience getting Visa to cover damage to rental car? [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson on Jan 9, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I rent a car?

What do I need to know to rent a car? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Jan 2, 2013 - 25 answers

Most cargo capacity for cross country move: minivan vs. SUV?

My girlfriend is moving from New York City to Miami for a yearlong clerkship. A one-way rental of an SUV or minivan seems to be our best option to move her stuff. What would have the most available cargo space? [more inside]
posted by theory on Sep 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Top Gear Car Rental Edition

What is the best car (make/model) for me to rent? [more inside]
posted by zinon on Aug 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Bike rack rental in NYC?

Where can I rent a car that seats 4 people as well as a bike rack for their bikes...in NYC? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on May 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Newark Airport to Philadelphia on a Friday night?

How do I get from Newark Liberty International Airport to Philadelphia on a Friday night? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Feb 12, 2012 - 23 answers

Email confirmation for a car rental that I didn't book, how to handle.

I received an email confirming a rental car booking in another state that I haven't made; what actions should I be taking? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 17, 2012 - 29 answers

Cheap car rentals in Hawaii?

Cheap car rentals in Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Sep 12, 2011 - 23 answers

Is there a car hire place open on Sundays on the outskirts of London?

Where on the outskirts of London with easy access to a tube station and the M1 can I hire a car that lets me return it on Sundays? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 9, 2011 - 21 answers

"Wait a minute. This could be some kind of scam... or possibly scamola!"

Is there a subpoena process in the Ontario small claims court system, and (if so) is it worth the time and effort to make use of it? I believe I was recently scammed by a rental car company for a non-trivial amount of money (for a student) and am hoping to both recoup my costs and really stick it to them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Road Trip!?!?

Renting a car in the US for one month with different pick up and drop off locations for a reasonable price - possible? [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Jun 8, 2011 - 20 answers

Car rental and transportation questions for Jersey City

Getting from Newark Airport to Jersey City, late night and with kids in tow? Bonus question about car rental (oh, the joy!) [more inside]
posted by mosk on May 16, 2011 - 8 answers

When does a car rental check your license?

Will a car rental agency require my license both before and after picking up the vehicle? [more inside]
posted by maryr on May 13, 2011 - 11 answers

UK Honeymoon Mystery Adventure Time

UK Driving Tour Honeymoon - 3 technical questions Re: US cards in a Chip & Pin world, UK power conversion with 110v power strips, and things to know about congestion fees, and tolls, etc. [more inside]
posted by chambers on May 11, 2011 - 24 answers

Midwest drop charge blues

We are planning to take our son, a junior in HS, to tour colleges in early June. We live in the Denver area and were planning to fly to Minneapolis and fly back from Pittsburgh. We're aiming to spend less than 2 weeks on the trip. The initial plan was to rent a car in Minneapolis and return it in Pittsburgh. Difficulty: It appears that there are enormous rental car drop charges. It looks like it might be cheaper to make two separate trips - one to Minnesota/Wisconsin/Illinois and one to Ohio/Pittsburgh. Any suggestions for reducing costs? We could fly back from Ohio if that would help. We probably need to take United Airlines, as we have some travel vouchers. Thanks!
posted by lukemeister on May 1, 2011 - 19 answers

Insuring a short-term rental car in the UK.

Is there supplemental/per trip car insurance for rental cars(UK edition)? [more inside]
posted by madajb on Mar 14, 2011 - 6 answers

I know it's your policy, but please??

I was 2 hours late dropping off a rental car and they charged me an extra full day, which is their policy. What would be my best negotiation stance for calling up corporate and asking for something, a discount or whatever? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Aug 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Renting cars cheaply and calmly

Need some help on car rental logistics plus dealing with potential !DRAMA! on a family trip to Disney World. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Aug 19, 2010 - 21 answers

Cheapest way to rent a car in Kansas City?

Long shot, but... what's the dirt-cheapest way to rent a car in Kansas City? [more inside]
posted by Caravantea on Aug 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Driving through the Swiss Alps

A few questions about driving through the Swiss Alps in a rented car. [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on Jul 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Car rental and camping near chicago.

A question about renting a car and camping within 4 hours of Chicago. [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Jul 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Join a UK car club?

Your experiences with online car rental UK "car clubs" like City Car Club, Streetcar or Zipcar? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot on Mar 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Renting cars: which rate will I be charged, daily or weekly?

If a rental car's weekly rate is better than the daily rate I'd use for five days, can I rent the car for a week and just return it early? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Jan 26, 2010 - 11 answers

Car rental recommendations in Omaha, NE?

Car rental recommendations in Omaha, NE? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2010 - 3 answers

Any difference for renting a car in Toronto if you are a foreigner or a local?

Car rental advice please! I have a group of relatives coming from overseas to visit me in southern Ontario for the holidays. We need to rent a minivan to cart everyone around. What is the best approach - for me to book the rental under my name, for them to book the rental under their name, or is there be no advantage either way? [more inside]
posted by khregs on Dec 4, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me fight Italian car rental scammery!

I am being badly ripped off by Maggiore, an Italian rental car company (with a strong assist from a cab driver in Lucca). Please help me. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 28, 2009 - 22 answers

car comfort

Looking for cheapest rental car that will be comfortable for my extremely tall (6 foot 7 inches) boyfriend. He's stocky too. Any larger folks have recommendations? [more inside]
posted by jenfu on Sep 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Why can't I rent a convertible?

Why can't I find a decently-priced convertible rental out of SFO the in September? [more inside]
posted by pollex on Aug 24, 2009 - 8 answers

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Please recommend a simple route on public transportation to go from JFK airport to White Plains Airport (Westchester County). [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom on Aug 23, 2009 - 7 answers

The Fun Can Not Be Halted.

Going to Milwaukee for a wedding next month. Need to rent a car, and would love to try a Nissan cube. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by indiebass on Jul 27, 2009 - 2 answers

La Belle Fontaine

A friend and I are looking at going to boulder in Fontainebleau, France in the early part of August. We don't have a car. What's our best way to get around? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jul 14, 2009 - 4 answers

A good time to be a car-less driving non-American in America

I'm trying to hire a car for two days in the US, and have found it's far cheaper for me as a Brit (US$40), than if I was an American (US$120). Is there any particular reason for this? Taxes can't be *that* huge a mark-up, surely?
posted by almostwitty on Mar 29, 2009 - 13 answers

How to cheap out on car rental?

Looking to find a way to save money renting a car, with a few wrinkles... [more inside]
posted by asciident on Mar 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Do I have to pay for something I didn't agree to?

Can a car rental agency charge me for a rental I didn't agree to pay for? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle on Oct 21, 2008 - 8 answers

Should I rent a car in Chicago/Evanston?

Flying into Chicago with my daughter to check out colleges. Should I rent a car? [more inside]
posted by Flakypastry on Sep 7, 2008 - 26 answers

Looking for experiences with Zipcar or similar services in NYC.

Renting a Zipcar in NYC: Good idea, bad idea? Looking for experiences, anecdotes and suggestions. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 24, 2008 - 25 answers

Car Rental in Philadelphia

Recommendations for car rental in central Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by gravelshoes on Jul 15, 2008 - 5 answers

Rental cars for unpaved roads, Las Vegas

We want to rent a car in Las Vegas, and drive it on dirt roads in Arizona and Utah. What is the cheapest company that allows this (or who will be unlikely to notice we've been doing it)? Bonus points if they provide reasonably-maintained cars. Also, should we get a "Standard SUV" rather than "Mid-Size"? Do they use GPS tracking, and if so does it just check that we stay in permitted states, or do they also check that we stick to paved roads?
posted by thirteenkiller on Jun 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Is the MasterRental benefit all it's cracked up to be?

Question about the "MasterRental" rental insurance benefit that most of us have on our MasterCards. [more inside]
posted by mr. creosote on Mar 18, 2008 - 12 answers

Cross-Canada trip: mode of transport?

My girlfriend and I are planning a trip across Canada. Should we rent a car or take the train? [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on Mar 4, 2008 - 13 answers

Driving Sydney to Perth via Alice Springs in 3 weeks?

I am in the early stages of planning a trip from England to Australia and am looking at driving from Sydney to Perth via Alice Springs in March/April 2008. I have visited 40 USA States so am no stranger to driving thousands of miles. I normally simply use a hire car but feel that Australia would probably require at least a 4WD. A Motorhome is always a possibility but would rather stay in Motels. I see that between Perth and Uluru there are settlements named Northam, Merredin, Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie, Leonora, Laverton, Warakurna and Kaltukatjara. Anyone know if these settlements have Motels or Hotels? [more inside]
posted by Spannerman8 on Oct 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles

I'm looking to rent a car, truck, or SUV and four bikes in Seattle and drive them down to Portland and back again. Rental questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Eringatang on Jul 24, 2007 - 4 answers

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