Which Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV’s) Are Our Customers Collecting?

Hi all,

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about what vehicles were being collected by our customers, this blog proved to be very successful and led to a couple of requests. 

Today’s blog will fulfil one of those requests by showing what SUV’s (sport utility vehicles) our customers are collecting at the moment. Remember we are never able to guarantee make or model of our vehicles.

Mr C Mullarkey picked up a standard size sports utility vehicle with our supplier Budget Rent A Car from Miami Airport and got this

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

 

Mr W Viant collected a 7 seater sports utility vehicle with our supplier Budget Rent A Car from Manhatten East 43rd Street and got this.

Ford Explorer 2010

Ford Explorer 2010

Mr L Neighbour picked up a 7 seater sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Orlando International Airport and got this.

Ford Expedition 2010

Ford Expedition 2010

Mr J Flanagan picked up an intermediate sports utility vehicle with our supplier Dollar Rent A Car from Phoenix International Airport and got this.

Ford Escape

Ford Escape

Mrs C Higgins picked up a standard sports utility vehicle with our supplier Budget Rent A Car from Sanford International Airport and got this.

Ford Edge

Ford Edge

Mr M Speak picked up a soft top sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Miami South Beach and got this.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler

Mr D Hannah picked up an  8 Seater sports utility vehicle with our supplier Budget Rent A Car from Orlando International Airport and got this.

Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Tahoe

Mr M Ali picked up a 7 seater sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Sanford Airport and got this.

Jeep Commander

Jeep Commander

Mr B Amor picked up an Intermediate sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Orlando International Airport and got this.

Jeep Liberty

Jeep Liberty

Mr P Brewin picked up an Intermediate sports utility vehicle with our supplier Alamo Rent A Car from Sanford International Airport and got this.

Jeep Patriot

Jeep Patriot

I hope you find this blog helpful.

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

Have you hired recently and got something similar?

Regards,

James,

usrentacar.co.uk

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Latest Car Hire Makes and Models Being Collected

Hi all,

One of the more frustrating parts of car rental is not being able to guarantee make or model of the vehicles we hire, due to the massive turn around of autos its impossible to incorporate.

So I thought I’d give you an idea of what our customers have recently been collecting.

Mr Neil Maitland booked a Full size vehicle with Budget Rent A Car for collection on the 18/07/10 and received this.

Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet Impala

Mr Gary Booth rented an Intermediate vehicle from Budget Rent A Car at Sanford Airport and got this.
Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Malibu

Ms Lisa Arbeiter rented an Economy Vehicle from Dollar Rent A Car collecting from Washington Dulles on the 09/07/10 and got this.
Chevy Cobalt

Chevy Cobalt

Mr John Bruce rented an Intermediate from Alamo Rent A Car at Boston Airport on the 19/07/10 and got this.
Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger

 

Mrs Shirley Blackwood hired a compact from Budget Rent A Car at Orlando International Airport on the 26/06/10 upgraded and got this.

Dodge Nitro SUV

Dodge Nitro SUV

Mr Brian Stewart rented a 7 seater full size SUV from Sanford Airport on the 17/07/10 with Budget Rent A Car and got this.
Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer

Mr Andrew Johnson rented a Converible from Miami International Airport on the 19/07/10 with Budget Rent A Car and got this. (Jealous)
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

I’m very jealous of the Ford Mustang and also fancy a go on the Dodge Nitro SUV!
Is there a vehicle category with a supplier you’d like me to investigate and see what people are getting at the moment? If so just comment below.
Regards,
James,
U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

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New Car Rental Facility At Miami Is A Hit

Hi all,

As reported back in July, Miami International Airport has recently upgraded its car hire facility, spending a whooping $480 million on it.RCC-lobby

First reports from our customer seem to suggest its money well spent.

Mr Neil Maitland commented “Nice new rental car building at Miami Airport made collection and drop off very straight forward”

Mr Philip Carson added “Miami airport is a pleasure to hire a car from now. You catch any shuttle bus and they take you to a new building that all the car suppliers are there I was in and out within 15 minutes”

Mr Andrew Johnson wrote “The new rental centre at Miami Airport was excellent. When the rail link to it is complete it will be even better.”

Have you used the new car rental facility, what are your thoughts?

regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

 Car hire Miami

Consolidated USA Car Rental Facility Opens In Miami

Miami International has unveiled its new consolidated rental car garage, a facility that will house 16 rental companies and their 6,500 cars.miamilocation

Located east of the airport, the building’s first three levels are dedicated to storing and maintaining cars and the top floor is a customer service lobby. A fleet of buses will transport travelers to and from the terminals, eliminating the need for rental companies to operate their own shuttles.

The $480 million facility is the first phase of a broader construction project by the Florida Department of Transportation to build a major “intermodal center” that will house the county’s metro rail and buses, Amtrak and possibly high speed rail service.

 Car hire Miami

Golf Courses In Miami, Orlando And Tampa, Florida

Hi all,

With the open in full swing I thought it was appropriate to blog about the golf courses available in Florida.

I found some great information on espn detailing golf courses around the USA below are a list of the top 10′s in Miami, Orlando and Tampa.

Miami

1. Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne
6700 Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne, FL (7.6 miles from City)
305-361-9120
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

2. Turnberry Isle Resort & Club (South)
19999 W. Country Club Dr. Aventura, FL (15.4 miles from City)
305-933-6929, http://www.turnberryisle.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

3. Doral Golf Resort & Spa (Blue)
4400 N.W. 87th Ave. Miami, FL (8.4 miles from City)
305-592-2000, http://www.doralresort.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

4. Don Shula’s Golf Club
7601 Miami Lakes Dr. Miami Lakes, FL (9.9 miles from City)
305-820-8106, http://www.donshula.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

5. Turnberry Isle Resort & Club (North)
19999 W. Country Club Dr. Aventura, FL (15.4 miles from City)
305-933-6929, http://www.turnberryisle.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

6. Jacaranda Golf Club (West)
9200 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation, FL (23.9 miles from City)
954-472-5836, http://www.scratch-golf.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

7. Colony West Country Club (Championship)
6800 N.W. 88th Ave. Tamarac, FL (30.8 miles from City)
954-726-8430
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

8. Carolina Club
3011 Rock Island Rd. Margate, FL (33.8 miles from City)
954-753-4000, http://www.carolinagolfclub.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

9. TPC at Heron Bay
11801 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs, FL (37.1 miles from City)
954-796-2000, http://www.pgatour.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

10. Doral Golf Resort & Spa (Gold)
4400 N.W. 87th Ave. Miami, FL (8.4 miles from City)
305-592-2000, http://www.doralresort.com
Golf Digest Rating: 3.5 Stars

Orlando

1. Walt Disney World Resort (Osprey Ridge)
3451 Golf View Dr. Lake Buena Vista, FL (3.0 miles from City)
407-939-4653, http://www.disney.go.com/disneyworld
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

2. Walt Disney World Resort (Eagle Pines)
3451 Golf View Dr. Lake Buena Vista, FL (3.0 miles from City)
407-939-4653, http://www.disney.go.com/disneyworld
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

3. Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge (Challenger/Champion)
9000 Bay Hill Blvd. Orlando, FL (9.1 miles from City)
407-876-2429, http://www.bayhill.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

4. Eagle Creek Golf Club
10350 Emerson Lake Blvd. Orlando, FL (13.1 miles from City)
407-273-4653
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

5. The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes
1700 Alaqua Lakes Blvd. Longwood, FL (13.7 miles from City)
407-444-9995, http://www.legacyclubgolf.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

6. Grand Cypress Golf Club (North/South)
One N. Jacaranda Orlando, FL (13.9 miles from City)
407-239-1904, http://www.grandcypress.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

7. Grand Cypress Golf Club (New)
One N. Jacaranda Orlando, FL (13.9 miles from City)
407-239-1904, http://www.grandcypress.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

8. Grand Cypress Golf Club (North/East)
One N. Jacaranda Orlando, FL (13.9 miles from City)
407-239-1904, http://www.grandcypress.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

9. Grand Cypress Golf Club (South/East)
One N. Jacaranda Orlando, FL (13.9 miles from City)
407-239-1904, http://www.grandcypress.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

10. Orange County National Golf Center & Lodge (Crooked Cat)
16301 Phil Ritson Way Winter Garden, FL (15.5 miles from City)
407-656-2626, http://www.ocngolf.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

Tampa

1. The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort (Copperhead)
36750 Hwy. 19 N. Palm Harbor, FL (17.4 miles from City)
727-942-2000, http://www.westin-innisbrook.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

2. The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort (Island)
36750 Hwy. 19 N. Palm Harbor, FL (17.4 miles from City)
727-942-2000, http://www.westin-innisbrook.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

3. Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club (South)
12900 Lake Jovita Blvd. Dade City, FL (30.7 miles from City)
352-588-9200, http://www.lakejovita.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

4. Hernando Oaks Golf Club
5230 Delacroix Drive Brooksville, FL (32.9 miles from City)
352-799-9908, http://www.hernandooaksgolf.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

5. The Club at Eaglebrooke
1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd. Lakeland, FL (33.5 miles from City)
863-701-0101, http://www.eaglebrooke.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

6. Legacy Golf Course at Lakewood Ranch
8255 Legacy Blvd. Bradenton, FL (37.3 miles from City)
941-907-7067, http://www.legacygolfclub.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

7. Oak Ford Golf Club (Myrtle/Palms)
1552 Palm View Rd. Sarasota, FL (44.2 miles from City)
941-371-3680, http://www.oakfordgolfclub.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

8. Oak Ford Golf Club (Palms/Live Oak)
1552 Palm View Rd. Sarasota, FL (44.2 miles from City)
941-371-3680, http://www.oakfordgolfclub.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.5 Stars

9. Saddlebrook Resort (Palmer)
5700 Saddlebrook Way Wesley Chapel, FL (17.7 miles from City)
813-973-1111, http://www.saddlebrookresort.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

10. Saddlebrook Resort (Saddlebrook)
5700 Saddlebrook Way Wesley Chapel, FL (17.7 miles from City)
813-973-1111, http://www.saddlebrookresort.com
Golf Digest Rating: 4.0 Stars

Have you played any of these courses?

Would you recommend any others?

Regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

Meet The U.S. Rent A Car Staff – Simon Palmer

Name: Simon Palmer

Position: Accounts Payable mickey_mouse

Years Served: 2

Biog (what do you do here): I am responsible for making sure our suppliers (Alamo, Budget and Dollar) are paid on time. For our customers security and piece of mind we pre-pay all our rentals, so I’m always busy making sure we stay on top of this.

Area of Expertise: As geeky as this sounds its probably Excel Spreadsheets!

Favourite USA Location: Miami, Florida. Love the night life.

Ideal Road Trip Companion (not your partner): Richard Hammond, he knows a lot about cars and due to his height wouldn’t take up a lot of room.

Favourite Car: Chrysler 300 (the luxury version)

If you were a Disney Character or Character that appears at Universal who would you be?: Probably the big guy himself….. Mickey Mouse…

Alamo Issue Availability Warning For Florida

Hi guys,

Just a quick heads up, just received a call about Alamo Rent A Car warning us that 7 Seaters, 8 Seaters and 15str Minivans for July and August are close to going on stop sale.

Stop sale is car hire terminology that basically mean’s the supplier has rented out all of those specific vehicles.

Reasons for the stop sale can only be speculated about perhaps the  popularity of Harry Potter at Universal is one reason.

On a plus note at present Budget Rent A Car and Dollar Rent A Car have stated that their fleet utilisation is running to plan and they have no intention of issuing stop sales.

7 seater minivans and 8 seater minivan can be rented by visiting usrentacar.co.uk.

Kind regards,

James Thomas,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

50 Facts About Florida

  1. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.
     
  2. Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.
     
  3. The name Punta Gorda, which means, “fat point” when translated from Spanish. The moniker was given to the city because a broad part of the land in Punta Gorda juts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is somewhat unique, as it is the point where the Peace River meets the ocean.
     
  4. Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States.
     
  5. New England Congregationalists who sought to bring their style of liberal arts education to the state founded Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida, in Winter Park in 1885.
     
  6. Cape Canaveral is America’s launch pad for space flights.
     
  7. Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.
     
  8. A museum in Sanibel owns 2 million shells and claims to be the world’s only museum devoted solely to mollusks.
     
  9. The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
     
  10. Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs. Given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. He was searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth. The natural springs have attracted attention worldwide for their curative powers.
     
  11. Niceville is home to the famous Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival celebrated the third weekend in October.
     
  12. The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater.
     
  13. Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.
     
  14. Young aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world’s first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg’s downtown yacht basin to Tampa.
     
  15. Dr. John Gorrie of Apalachicola invented mechanical refrigeration in 1851.
     
  16. Miami Beach pharmacist Benjamin Green invented the first suntan cream in 1944. He accomplished this development by cooking cocoa butter in a granite coffee pot on his wife’s stove.
     
  17. Neil Smith and his brother of Montverde developed the first Snapper riding lawn mower.
     
  18. Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.
     
  19. The Saint John’s River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south.
     
  20. The largest lake in Florida is Lake Okeechobee.
     
  21. May 20, 1970 Florida lawmakers passed and sent to the Governor a bill adopting the moonstone as the official state gem. Ironically, the moonstone is not found naturally in Florida…nor was it found on the moon.
     
  22. In 1987 the Florida legislature designated the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) the official state reptile. Long an unofficial symbol of the state, the alligator originally symbolized Florida’s extensive untamed wilderness and swamps.
     
  23. Miami installed the first bank automated teller machine especially for rollerbladers.
     
  24. Ybor City was once known as the Cigar Capital of the World with nearly 12,000 tabaqueros (cigar-makers) employed in 200 factories. Ybor City produced an estimated 700 million cigars a year at the industry’s peak.
     
  25. Plant City, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake. The 827 square-foot, 6,000 pound cake was made on Feb. 19, 1999 in McCall Park.
     
  26. The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a cable-stayed concrete bridge. Opened in 1987 the bridge coasts through the clouds at 190 feet above water. Its bright yellow support cables spread from the two center pillars. The structure gives drivers unobstructed view of the water during the 4.1 mile trip over Tampa Bay.
     
  27. Nearly 80 percent of the states intake of sweet Atlantic white shrimp is harvested in Amelia Island waters. Two million pounds of shrimp are delivered to Fernandina docks annually.
     
  28. A swamp such as the Fakahatchee Strand in the Everglades functions in three major ways. First, its vegetation serves as a filter to clean the water as it makes its slow journey southward. Secondly, it’s a major habitat for wildlife and plant life. Finally, it actually prevents flooding by slowing down the flow of water after heavy rains.
     
  29. DeFuniak Springs is home to one of the two naturally round lakes in the world.
     
  30. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens at Delray Beach is the only museum in the United States dedicated exclusively to the living culture of Japan.
     
  31. Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways.
     
  32. Fort Meade is the oldest settlement in Polk County. It dates back to 1849 when a settlement grew up around the United States Cavalry fort during the Seminole Indian Wars.
     
  33. The Fred Bear Museum in Gainesville is a tribute to the accomplishments of Fred Bear a promoter of proper wildlife management and the founder of Bear Archery Company.
     
  34. The Hawthorne Trail a part of Florida’s Rails to Trails program and attracts many outdoor enthusiasts to walk, cycle, or ride horseback through its 17-mile length.
     
  35. Just north of Haines City is the Baseball City Stadium the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals. Haines City is known as The Heart of Florida.
     
  36. The city of Hypoluxo’s name comes from the Seminole expression water all ’round — no get out.
     
  37. Islamorada is billed as the Sports fishing Capital of the World.
     
  38. Key Largo is known as the Dive Capital of the World.
     
  39. Marathon is home to Crane Point Hammock, a 63.5 acre land tract that is one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the Keys. The area contains evidence of pre-Colombian and prehistoric Bahamian artifacts, and once was the site of an entire Indian village.
     
  40. Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West was built between 1845 and 1866. Controlled by the Union during the Civil War, the fort was the home base for a successful blockade of Confederate ships that some historians say shortened the conflict by a full year. The fort also was active during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.
     
  41. The first graded road built in Florida was Old Kings Road in 1763. It was named for King George of England.
     
  42. During the 1991 Gulf War the busiest military port in the country was Jacksonville. From this location the military moved more supplies and people than any other port in the country.
     
  43. When first completed in 1989 the Dame Point Bridge became the longest cable-stayed span in the United States, the longest concrete span of its type in the Western Hemisphere, and the third longest cable-stayed bridge in the world.
     
  44. The longest river sailboat race in the world is the Annual Mug Race. The event runs 42 miles from Palatka to Jacksonville along the St. Johns River.
     
  45. The Olustee Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the largest battle fought in Florida during the American Civil War.
     
  46. Venice is known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World. Collecting prehistoric sharks teeth has been a favorite pastime of visitors and residents of the Venice area for years
     
  47. The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art in Coral Gables, is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation, diffusion, and promotion of Hispanic and Latin American Art.
     
  48. The Pinellas Trail, a 47 mile hiking/biking trail connecting St. Petersburg with Central and north Pinellas County, is the longest urban linear trail in the eastern United States.
     
  49. Titusville, known as Space City, USA, is located on the west shore of the Indian River directly across from the John F. Kennedy Space Center.
     
  50. Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida (Madison County) and a Withlacoochee in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name.

Orlando Tops Car Hire Chart

Hi All,

For the second year running (MCO) Orlando International Airport is U.S. Rent A Car’s most popular collection location. Florida Dominates the chart taking the first four slots and continues to be over 60% of all business.

Top 10 Locations

  1. Orlando International Airport (SFB) Florida
  2. Sanford International Airport (SFB) Florida
  3. Miami International Airport (MIA) Florida
  4. Tampa International Airport (TPA) Florida
  5. San Franciso International Airport (SFO) California
  6. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) California
  7. Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) Nevada
  8. JFK International Airport (JFK) New York
  9. San Diego International Airport (SDN) California
  10. Boston International Airport (BOS) Massachusetts

Have you collected from any of these locations? What did you think of the airports and how the supplier represented themselves?

regards,

Gavin

Florida Car Hire USA in Miles

  FortLauderdale Jacksonville Miami Naples Orlando Sarasota Tampa
FortLauderdale   320 25 105 209 203 234
Jacksonville 320   345 322 354 240 190
Miami 25 345   107 232 214 249
Naples 105 322 107   190 107 160
Orlando 209 354 232 190   132 85
Sarasota 203 240 214 107 132   54
Tampa 234 190 249 160 85 54  

* Distances are in miles and are approximate.

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