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2020-05-19 1:34:11 PM  
Wow. 60k. That's basically free.
 
2020-05-19 1:59:40 PM  
If those were rentals, count me out.  If they were company cars for executives, count me out.  The odds that a little old lady drove them are pretty low.
 
2020-05-19 2:00:25 PM  
What's a -

*ow*
 
2020-05-19 2:12:21 PM  
Even though these C7's have over 600hp, I think for the money I'd still rather have a base 2020 C8

What a 2020 vette may look like
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2020-05-19 2:29:35 PM  
Yes, make me a donut
 
2020-05-19 2:33:10 PM  
Cool. I want a sports car that was driven by people who knew it was just a rental!
 
2020-05-19 2:51:29 PM  
Glad I read the article (ok, glanced at it). I read the headline as:

"If you ever felt like making Heinzdonuts, one of these might be just what you need"

Don't get me wrong, fries are just a vehicle to get ketchup to my face but thinking about a ketchup doughnut.....
 
2020-05-19 2:55:35 PM  
Rather have one of these... Sure, they were rented and raced over the weekend, and they'd get them back with holes in the floor where roll bars were installed for the track, but these things have a farking legacy!
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2020-05-19 2:57:11 PM  
Uh huh.

Buying (and driving) a formerly rental sports car is about as good idea as buying (and using) a formerly rental condom.
 
2020-05-19 3:15:51 PM  

Ignoramist: Uh huh.

Buying (and driving) a formerly rental sports car is about as good idea as buying (and using) a formerly rental condom.


There are reasons no one marries a hooker or exotic dancer.

The bottom is completely rusted out and no matter how much cash you throw at it, your neighbor still runs his hands across her curves.
 
2020-05-19 3:26:03 PM  
fark Hertz.  fark everything about that company.

I was planning a trip to Italy, arriving in Rome, driving down the Amalfi Coast and back up over the course of a couple weeks.  Paid a premium for rental of a very specific performance vehicle that we do not have access to here in the States.  It would likely be the one chance I'd ever get to get behind the wheel of this vehicle.

Called Hertz a Month before the trip, "That vehicle going to be waiting for me at the airport in Rome?" ... "Yes, no problem. It will be there."

Made the same call to Hertz a week before the trip, and the day before getting on the plane, same answer both times, "Yes, no problem. It will be there waiting for you."

Get to the Hertz rental desk in Rome, and Hertz LARP'ed the Seinfeld skit on rental cars on me.  They took my reservation, they took all my money, and never made any effort to ensure the vehicle was reserved.  So, of course it wasn't there.

They gave me a downgrade with no reduction in the full premium price I paid for the performance vehicle.  Told me if I didn't like it, tough, I could go pound sand.  What they actually said a great deal was, "I apologize that you are unhappy with our service but there is nothing we can do."  They did make it clear they would be making no effort to track down the vehicle I actually reserved and get it to me.

The downgrade vehicle they provided was practically new.  2200 on the odometer, still had new car smell.  I politely said, "OK, that's fine, I'll take the downgrade vehicle."

I spent two weeks beating the ever loving shiat out of the drivetrain in the vehicle to the point that I could hear bottom end knock on the way back to the drop-off. The oil on the dipstick looked and smelled like coffee that'd been left on the burner for a week straight.

Returned the vehicle to the Hertz rental desk in Rome with a full tank without a single scratch or ding on the body.

Hertz never compensated me for the considerable difference in rental price between the downgrade and what I actually paid for, but I did fly home with the satisfaction knowing that farking up my rental reservation just cost them several thousands of dollars.

fark Hertz.
 
2020-05-19 3:44:19 PM  

moike: fark Hertz.  fark everything about that company.

I was planning a trip to Italy, arriving in Rome, driving down the Amalfi Coast and back up over the course of a couple weeks.  Paid a premium for rental of a very specific performance vehicle that we do not have access to here in the States.  It would likely be the one chance I'd ever get to get behind the wheel of this vehicle.

Called Hertz a Month before the trip, "That vehicle going to be waiting for me at the airport in Rome?" ... "Yes, no problem. It will be there."

Made the same call to Hertz a week before the trip, and the day before getting on the plane, same answer both times, "Yes, no problem. It will be there waiting for you."

Get to the Hertz rental desk in Rome, and Hertz LARP'ed the Seinfeld skit on rental cars on me.  They took my reservation, they took all my money, and never made any effort to ensure the vehicle was reserved.  So, of course it wasn't there.

They gave me a downgrade with no reduction in the full premium price I paid for the performance vehicle.  Told me if I didn't like it, tough, I could go pound sand.  What they actually said a great deal was, "I apologize that you are unhappy with our service but there is nothing we can do."  They did make it clear they would be making no effort to track down the vehicle I actually reserved and get it to me.

The downgrade vehicle they provided was practically new.  2200 on the odometer, still had new car smell.  I politely said, "OK, that's fine, I'll take the downgrade vehicle."

I spent two weeks beating the ever loving shiat out of the drivetrain in the vehicle to the point that I could hear bottom end knock on the way back to the drop-off. The oil on the dipstick looked and smelled like coffee that'd been left on the burner for a week straight.

Returned the vehicle to the Hertz rental desk in Rome with a full tank without a single scratch or ding on the body.

Hertz never compensated me for the considerable difference in rental price bet ...


Was this the lady at the counter?
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2020-05-19 11:52:34 PM  

moike: fark Hertz.  fark everything about that company.

I was planning a trip to Italy, arriving in Rome, driving down the Amalfi Coast and back up over the course of a couple weeks.  Paid a premium for rental of a very specific performance vehicle that we do not have access to here in the States.  It would likely be the one chance I'd ever get to get behind the wheel of this vehicle.

Called Hertz a Month before the trip, "That vehicle going to be waiting for me at the airport in Rome?" ... "Yes, no problem. It will be there."

Made the same call to Hertz a week before the trip, and the day before getting on the plane, same answer both times, "Yes, no problem. It will be there waiting for you."

Get to the Hertz rental desk in Rome, and Hertz LARP'ed the Seinfeld skit on rental cars on me.  They took my reservation, they took all my money, and never made any effort to ensure the vehicle was reserved.  So, of course it wasn't there.

They gave me a downgrade with no reduction in the full premium price I paid for the performance vehicle.  Told me if I didn't like it, tough, I could go pound sand.  What they actually said a great deal was, "I apologize that you are unhappy with our service but there is nothing we can do."  They did make it clear they would be making no effort to track down the vehicle I actually reserved and get it to me.

The downgrade vehicle they provided was practically new.  2200 on the odometer, still had new car smell.  I politely said, "OK, that's fine, I'll take the downgrade vehicle."

I spent two weeks beating the ever loving shiat out of the drivetrain in the vehicle to the point that I could hear bottom end knock on the way back to the drop-off. The oil on the dipstick looked and smelled like coffee that'd been left on the burner for a week straight.

Returned the vehicle to the Hertz rental desk in Rome with a full tank without a single scratch or ding on the body.

Hertz never compensated me for the considerable difference in rental price between the downgrade and what I actually paid for, but I did fly home with the satisfaction knowing that farking up my rental reservation just cost them several thousands of dollars.

fark Hertz.


You don't come across as the hero here.

Congrats at being worse than a car rental company.
 
2020-05-20 8:15:21 AM  

moike: ark Hertz.  fark everything about that company.

I was planning a trip to Italy, arriving in Rome, driving down the Amalfi Coast and back up over the course of a couple weeks.  Paid a premium for rental of a very specific performance vehicle that we do not have access to here in the States.  It would likely be the one chance I'd ever get to get behind the wheel of this vehicle.

Called Hertz a Month before the trip, "That vehicle going to be waiting for me at the airport in Rome?" ... "Yes, no problem. It will be there."

Made the same call to Hertz a week before the trip, and the day before getting on the plane, same answer both times, "Yes, no problem. It will be there waiting for you."

Get to the Hertz rental desk in Rome, and Hertz LARP'ed the Seinfeld skit on rental cars on me.  They took my reservation, they took all my money, and never made any effort to ensure the vehicle was reserved.  So, of course it wasn't there.

They gave me a downgrade with no reduction in the full premium price I paid for the performance vehicle.  Told me if I didn't like it, tough, I could go pound sand.  What they actually said a great deal was, "I apologize that you are unhappy with our service but there is nothing we can do."  They did make it clear they would be making no effort to track down the vehicle I actually reserved and get it to me.

The downgrade vehicle they provided was practically new.  2200 on the odometer, still had new car smell.  I politely said, "OK, that's fine, I'll take the downgrade vehicle."

I spent two weeks beating the ever loving shiat out of the drivetrain in the vehicle to the point that I could hear bottom end knock on the way back to the drop-off. The oil on the dipstick looked and smelled like coffee that'd been left on the burner for a week straight.

Returned the vehicle to the Hertz rental desk in Rome with a full tank without a single scratch or ding on the body.

Hertz never compensated me for the considerable difference in rental price betw ...


Or, you could have been an adult and just contested the charges on your CC, but sure, intentionally causing damage well beyond the extent of your inconvenience is a way to go, too.
 
2020-05-20 8:30:53 AM  

DRTFA: If those were rentals, count me out.  If they were company cars for executives, count me out.  The odds that a little old lady drove them are pretty low.


Meh, there's only so much someone can over drive a car like that though.  I didn't look at the listings but I'm sure most of those are automatics and without studying the owner's manual there's not much you can fark up.  There's no Konami code.

And the cost per weekend still keeps them out of the hands of Larry and Darryl.

If I had 60k USD I might consider...
 
2020-05-20 9:47:10 AM  

rockymountainrider: DRTFA: If those were rentals, count me out.  If they were company cars for executives, count me out.  The odds that a little old lady drove them are pretty low.

Meh, there's only so much someone can over drive a car like that though.  I didn't look at the listings but I'm sure most of those are automatics and without studying the owner's manual there's not much you can fark up.  There's no Konami code.

And the cost per weekend still keeps them out of the hands of Larry and Darryl.

If I had 60k USD I might consider...


I wonder what the resale value of that would be once you become bored.
 
2020-05-20 9:59:54 AM  
Pretty much like an

Slow To Return: rockymountainrider: DRTFA: If those were rentals, count me out.  If they were company cars for executives, count me out.  The odds that a little old lady drove them are pretty low.

Meh, there's only so much someone can over drive a car like that though.  I didn't look at the listings but I'm sure most of those are automatics and without studying the owner's manual there's not much you can fark up.  There's no Konami code.

And the cost per weekend still keeps them out of the hands of Larry and Darryl.

If I had 60k USD I might consider...

I wonder what the resale value of that would be once you become bored.


Pretty much like any American sports car.  $20k will get you something a little over 10 years old but will still make good vroom vroom sounds and go fast enough.

There's a big Vette gathering in PA I think, a friend goes often.  There's a lot of cars that never get out of 3rd gear!  Supercharged 800hp cars that the owners have no idea how to drive properly, what their lap or 1/4 mile times might be.

Disgusting
 
2020-05-20 1:52:42 PM  
Wow, actually go to their hertz used sales page. Add $550 in "dealer fees" and tax...they are shooting themselves in the foot. The cheapest listing, a Hyundai Elantra SE, with 75k miles, is advertised for $9,260 with fees + tax. I just hopped on ebay, and found the same make, model, year and trim, roughly the same miles (60)....$7500 OBO. And no fees.

And I should point out that, unlike most dealers, this is Hertz's "no haggle" price, which means you cant even talk them down. These are listing with the same mileage for 9 and change at local dealers, and that's before you winnow them down.

Yeah, screw Hertz.
 
2020-05-20 1:56:43 PM  

HeFixesTheCable: Wow, actually go to their hertz used sales page. Add $550 in "dealer fees" and tax...they are shooting themselves in the foot. The cheapest listing, a Hyundai Elantra SE, with 75k miles, is advertised for $9,260 with fees + tax. I just hopped on ebay, and found the same make, model, year and trim, roughly the same miles (60)....$7500 OBO. And no fees.

And I should point out that, unlike most dealers, this is Hertz's "no haggle" price, which means you cant even talk them down. These are listing with the same mileage for 9 and change at local dealers, and that's before you winnow them down.

Yeah, screw Hertz.


And the reason why (if it isn't obvious) that being on par with local dealers is shooting themselves in the foot is that these were "2,000 owner" rentals, not single-owner cars. You need to be way, way, way, way, way below one-owner used car sales, since these were basically beaten like a redheaded stepchild as soon as they hit the lot.
 
2020-05-20 4:08:27 PM  
Ignoramist:
You don't come across as the hero here.
Congrats at being worse than a car rental company.


That was the goal, so thank you.

Bruce Campbell:
Or, you could have been an adult and just contested the charges on your CC, but sure, intentionally causing damage well beyond the extent of your inconvenience is a way to go, too.

Found the Hertz employee.
 
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