Which Minivans Are Our Customers Collecting?

Hi all,

Continuing the series showing which vehicles our customers are collecting, I decided to take a look at the people carriers (minivans). From my research, it appears that this category doesn’t have the same depth of product as the convertibles and the sports utility vehicles do.

Mr S Taylor picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 31/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr J Hampton picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 31/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr J Sterling picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Sanford International Airport on the 31/07/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr S Brown picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 30/06/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Dr N Reid picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Boston International Airport on the 28/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

They all got this.

Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan

 

Mr M Keeble picked up a 12 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 24/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

Mr S Mitra picked up a 12 Seater minivan from San Francisco International Airport on the 26/07/10 from Dollar Rent A Car.

Mr S Hearn picked up a 12 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 01/08/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

They all got this.

Ford E-350

Ford E-350

 

Mr M Carroll picked up a 8 Seater minivan from Miami International Airport on the 25/07/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr S McGoven picked up a 8 Seater minivan from Orlando International Airport on the 03/08/10 from Alamo Rent A Car.

Mr N Glendinning picked up a 8 Seater minivan from Sanford International Airport on the 15/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car.

They all got this.

Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna

 

Mrs E Hewitt picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Cape Canaveral on the 18/07/10 from Budget Rent A Car and got this.

Kia Sedona

Kia Sedona

 

Mr G Williams picked up a 7 Seater minivan from Tampa International Airport on the 31/07/10 from Alamo Rent A Car and got this.

Dodge Ram Van

Dodge Ram Van

 

Have we missed any makes and models that you have hired?

Is there a category you’d like me to look in to?

regards,

James,

usrentacar.co.uk

 car hire USA

One Way Rentals With U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

owrHi all,

I thought for todays topic I would quickly cover One Way Rentals (OWR). A OWR is when you collect from one location but drop off in a different location. For example collect at Los Angeles Airport, California but return to Las Vegas Airport, Nevada.

Most OWR do incur an additional charge, based on mileage and sometimes car group. A typical scale of cost would be

Approximate Charges*

Distance Cost*
0 – 200 miles $50.00
201 – 500 miles $100.00
501 – 1000 miles $300.00
Over 1000 miles $500.00

 

Some of our suppliers also offer addtionalfree of charge special offer one way rentals, please see below for details.

 

Alamo Rent-A-Car

Free one way rentals within Florida.

Free one way rentals within California.

Free one way rentals between California and Nevada.

Budget Rent A Car

Free one way rentals within Florida.

Free one way rentals within California.

Free one way rentals within Texas.

Free one way rentals within Ohio.

Free one way rentals within North Carolina.

Free one way rentals within Virginia.

Dollar Car Rental

Free one way rentals within Florida.

Free one way rentals within California.

Free one way rentals between California and Nevada.

Free one way rentals between California and Arizona.

One way rentals are always on a request basis, which means our supplier has to agree to the one way. With some suppliers this can take up to 72 hours as both rental offices have to seperately agree.

Some popular one way rentals include.

Orlando to Miami

Los Angeles to Las Vegas

San Fransico to Las Vegas

New York to Orlando

New York to San Diego

Have you ever completed a one way rental?

What was your experience?

What vehicle did you hire and would you recommend it?

Regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

  

 car hire USA

Alamo USA Promote Chevrolet Equinox To Standard SUV

Hi all,

Just a quick heads up, we have received information today confirming that the new Chevrolet Equinox 2010 now falls in to the Standard (Mid-Size) SUV category and not the Intermediate as per previous models (2006-2009).

The new Equinox, apart from being bigger, now gives better miles to the gallon and is considered a much greener Sports Utility Vehicle.

Old Style Equinox

Old Style Equinox

New Style Equinox

New Style Equinox

Alamo now advertise their Intermediate (compact) SUV as a Ford Escape or similar.

Obviously this will not effect usrentacar customers as we rent vehicles in category types and not make or model as per our terms and conditions.

Regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

 car hire USA

Car Hire USA Reviews From You

Hi all,

With peak season in full swing we are over run with new reviews from our customers regarding the suppliers service, here are a few I thought you might be interested in.

Alamo

Mr D Cook – good choice of cars.

Mr M Ayres – Meet Sally. Our BRAND NEW Ford Mustang Convertible. We couldn”t have wished for a better car! We picked her up in Virginia and left her in Boston. If you ever drive her, treat her with respect and send her our love. Enjoy.

Mr P Womack – Excellent service,great car, would recommend and use again.

Mr D Herring – They tried to charge me an $2.66/day airport user fee on top of what I had prepaid. I showed them the contract where it states that the airport fees are includede and they removed the charge.

Budget

Mr J Gardiner – A very smooth & efficient car hire experience would definitely use this supplier again.

Mr I Bennett -This website was espescially good for me as it reduced the cost of the $25 Young Person”s surcharge for 2 weeks use of a car in Florida.

Mrs B Smith – Vehicle spotlessly clean, easy pick up and drop off. Very easy to drive considering size. Overall, a problem free experience and will definitely use on our next trip.

Mr J Walker – Other than a grumpy unhelpful assistant when collecting car, we were very satisfied. We have booked through Florida car hire several times and have are will be happy to do so again.

Dollar

Mr A Smith – The car supplied was almost new with only 415 miles on the clock and in immaculate condition.The only negative comment i could make is the long wait at the desk when collecting the car but this was at 9 p.m. and there was only two people on duty.I did notice when we returned the car at 3 p.m. that there was more staff on duty and the queue was very short.This is only a minor point however as the overall experience was excellent and i would definitely recommend this supplier.

Mr G Williams – Quick and easy to use web site, prices very competetive, overall Service cannot be faulted. Collected car from Dollar desk in San Francisco, and returned to desk in Las Vegas. All documentation okay, all bookings perfect. Faultless and best service I have used for US Car Hire!

Mr K Leighton – We had a choice of vehicles from the line of SUV”s. May have helped that we arrived early in the day (9am). Service was good from Dollar, but don”t like the way that they always try to add on extra insurances. Didn”t take the “extra” cover though wether this makes me wise or stupid I”m not sure.

We are still the only USA car hire company to include reviews from real customers and now have a data base of over 20k. Thank you to all our customer who provide this invaluable feedback.

Regards,

James,

Car Hire Reviews from usrentacar.co.uk

 car hire USA

Our Survival Guide To Florida Car Hire

Hi all,

With peak season in full swing I thought I’d take this chance to blog about some hints and tips that can help you with your Florida Car Hire.

1) Fully Read Your Rental Agreement – I know you’re tired after a long trip and I know you just want to get to your villa/hotel/apartment, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to fully read and understand your rental agreement. The rental agreement is the legally binding contract between yourself and the car hire supplier (not usrentacar), any locally paid for extras will appear on this, once signed you are agreeing to these terms.

2) Pre-Book Your Car Hire – Purchasing your car hire upon arrival can double or even triple the prices we would charge you. Always pre-book your car hire.

3) Hire A Sat Nav – For some, you are in a new country, your driving on the wrong side of the road and you’ve just come off a long flight. Hiring a Sat Nav either through us (posted to you in the UK) or for collection at the car hire pick up location, will not only give you piece of mind but could save your marriage ;-)

4) Choice Products – Something to bear in mind is that Alamo Rent A Car and Dollar Rent A Car both operate a choice product, where you can select the vehicle you want, from the category of car you have pre-booked. This is an excellent way of assuring all your luggage fits.

5) Details – Please make sure you have packed your full driving license, your Car Hire voucher (collected here) and your credit card (alamo will now accept a Visa Debit Card) without these your supplier has ever right to refuse your hire and you will not receive a refund.

I hope these tips help, have I left anything off?

If so we’d love you to leave a comment below.

regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

Dollar Car Rental Slowly Test Customer Choice

Hi all,

I just have heard today that Dollar Rent A Car have officially opened theirdollar12th Customer Choice l0cation in San Jose, California.

Just like the Alamo choice product, customer’s will be able to take their pick from which every vehicle they like the look of within their booked category, so for example if you’ve pre booked a Convertible and there are Mustangs and Sebrings available you can walk up and take your pick.

Here at U.S. Rent A Car we’ve been surprised that other car rental firms haven’t copied Alamo’s choice product sooner, perhaps this might lead to Budget Rent A Car following suit…

Kind regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

Alamo Car Hire Now Accepting Visa Debit For Security Deposit

Hi all,

Good news in the world of car hire, we have finally had written confirmationVE_card_202x153 that Alamo will now accept a Visa Debit Card for the security deposit locally.

In the past Alamo would only accept major credit cards for this, which has left non-credit card holders in a bit of a bind. Thankfully sense has prevailed.

Upon arrival you will generally be asked to leave this information in the form of a pre-authorsiation, meaning any charges incurred during the rental, i.e. childseats, late return etc will be debited from the imprinted card.

Please note At present Alamo are only accepting the Visa Debit at Orlando International Airport and certain major rental locations – You will need to check before you book – Please call us on 0845 226 8523.

Payment to U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk has not been altered.

Kind regards,

James Thomas,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

Car Hire Pages You May Have Missed

Hi All,

Todays blog is about pages you may have missed or not seen on  www.usrentacar.co.uk which maybe of interest, hidden gems if you will.

http://www.usrentacar.co.uk/usa_petrol_prices.aspx

This page allows you to see the latest petrol prices in the USA, it may give you an idea of what potential saving you could make by purchasing our gold rate.

http://www.usrentacar.co.uk/pre_registration.aspx

No one likes queuing, this page helps usrentacar customers to pre-register their car rental details directly with the supplier, which should help speed up your collection time.

http://www.usrentacar.co.uk/affiliate/signup.aspx

If you own a website, why not make some money out of it and join our usrentacar affiliate scheme? Our low cost prices could mean big earnings for you. More info available here http://blog.usrentacar.co.uk/index.php/2010/06/24/u-s-rent-a-car-launches-affiliate-scheme/

http://www.usrentacar.co.uk/young_driver_under_25.aspx

U.S. Rent A Car was one of the first car rental companies to actively seek out better deals for young drivers, we can save you hundreds of pounds by selecting our YDP option.

https://www.usrentacar.co.uk/booking/login.aspx

This page is here to allow you to check your booking details quickly and of course to download your voucher.

http://www.usrentacar.co.uk/whatsincluded.aspx

Car hire can appear to be a bit on a minefield, so on this page we clearly state what all our rentals include.

http://www.usrentacar.co.uk/Compare_car_hire.aspx

Also to help, we offer this page where we compare all our suppliers in one easy page.

Have I missed any pages that might be of use?

Is there something else we should be showing or something you’d like to see?

regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

U.S. Rent A Car Introduces Alamo SaveTime

We are happy to announce today, U.S. Rent A Car customers booking with our supplier Alamo Car Rental can now take advantage of the SaveTime feature.

About Alamo SaveTime

Speed up your rental with our SaveTime process. Simply provide us with your driver details online, after you have made your reservation to save time at the rental counter.

Driver Details Required

The SaveTime process requires you to provide the following driver details:

  • Driving Licence number, expiry date and country of issue
  • Address
  • Contact details
  • Date of birth

Please click here to access Alamo SaveTime

Orlando International Airport completes rental car areas

About 96 percent of all the rental cars available at Orlando International Airport should now be ready for visitors in the airport’s parking garages, now that a $60 million renovation of rental car service areas is completed.

Orlando International expanded its rental car service areas adjacent to the terminal parking garages. That means more room for rental car companies to prep returned cars for their next use within the airport. The companies may then pull them into rental car spaces reserved in the parking garage to be ready for customers.

As a result, all the major agencies now can have cars ready for use parked in the parking garages, so visitors can walk over from the terminal to claim them. In the past, much of the rental car business operated from remote lots outside the Orlando International property, and many rental car customers had to board shuttle buses to go get their cars. In the past few months, Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz and Advantage are moving rental cars into the parking garages, joining Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, National and two small rental-car companies, E-Z and L&M.

There’s still a handful of independent and niche rental car agencies that prep and offer their cars at remote locations and run shuttle buses from the terminal.

The $60 million project was paid for with a special $2.50 tax levied in 2008 on airport rental cars.

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