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(AutoWeek)   Looking forward to finally going on vacation later his year "when things settle down"? Hope you don't need a car when you get there   ( divider line
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1276 clicks; posted to Business » on 11 Apr 2021 at 10:48 AM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2021-04-11 8:06:16 AM  
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2021-04-11 8:41:05 AM  
Just take your car to the dealer for an oil change and use their loaner for a couple of weeks. Works for me.
2021-04-11 9:18:34 AM  
Ms. McClurg the the white lack of courtesy phone please. Ms. McClurg to the white lack of courtesy phone.
2021-04-11 9:29:21 AM  
Way to be ready for the return to normal Rental Car People.
2021-04-11 9:34:00 AM  
Joke's on them, I'm driving AS vacation.
2021-04-11 11:01:04 AM  

flamark: Just take your car to the dealer for an oil change and use their loaner for a couple of weeks. Works for me.

The Stealership
2021-04-11 11:13:42 AM  

flamark: Just take your car to the dealer for an oil change and use their loaner for a couple of weeks. Works for me.

Theyll find a way to make sure you pay your rental fee.
2021-04-11 11:21:11 AM  
We saw this, booking a car in Atlanta in May. Prices are about double what we'd ever seen in our regular trips there - over $100 per day for 8 days. TFA sounds like it's even worse in some places.
2021-04-11 11:43:56 AM  
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2021-04-11 12:21:29 PM  
Haha, fark you guys.  Stay home.  I bet you have a car there.

/But I need MORE than just a big, comfortable home with all the trappings!  Now I have to be able to leave it anytime I want, and have all the comforts of home wherever I go.  I deserveit!
2021-04-11 12:47:05 PM  
The entire car market is beyond jacked right now. Try going to a dealership and asking how long a special order will take. If they're dishonest they'll tell you 3 months; that is their answer for normal times. If they're honest they'll tell you they flat out don't know and would you like one of the eight cars on the lot that they do have instead. Of course normally they'd have 50 to chose from but now they only have eight and they're "bare bones" models with ugly color schemes that no one wants. Oh, and the price is the price. Take it or leave it.
2021-04-11 1:28:35 PM  
Where did all the inventory go?  Did people really buy fleet cars instead of flying for the past year?
2021-04-11 1:57:33 PM  
I was looking to replace my 24 year old SUV. Sticker shock is an understatement. I want a durable, reliable vehicle, and do not need one with the Orgasmatron that is included with the package that has the power passenger seat. The house across the street sold for $15K over listing price, before it ever got listed (the listing eventually came out, but the neighbor told us it had sold within hours of signing with the agent. I think the agents post listings for sold houses as advertising). At least a family moved in and is actually living in it.
It's sorta nice to see that the people that have money for vacations, vehicles, and houses have things to spend them on. Good for them. It means that they still have an income.
I am bothered by the numbers of people that can't find work, to pay rent and groceries. The food shelves are still being hit hard. I know a few people that are barely making it. I know people that haven't missed a beat, other than no house parties for the last year.
My rusty truck is going to have to last a few more winters. I feel lucky. All the vehicles and the house were paid for. I saved for a rainy day, and it has been for the last 14 months.
2021-04-11 2:04:19 PM  
Tourists are renting U-haul as rental cars out here because the daily rate is cheaper.
2021-04-11 2:42:06 PM  
Last time I rented a car, I had just dropped of an RV I drove from Oakland, CA to Seattle (one week and 1000 miles free). I wanted a Class B, which about the smallest size; but when the salesman found out I was going to Portland, OR, he yelled back, "Is that Portland Mustang ready to go?"  So, I got a new Mustang for the Class B price and since I was dropping it off at the "origin" city, the one-way charge didn't apply.

A most gratifying week.
2021-04-11 3:07:22 PM  
If I ever get out of the fresh hell that is the pandemic, I'm taking the non stop from Seattle to Frankfurt to see my brother, who I've not seen since before dad died last summer, and catching up with my daughter in Hamburg, 'cause I couldn't make the wedding because a bunch of numbskulls couldn't figure out how to wear a mask and wash their damned dick skinners.

There's an S-Bahn terminal under the airport, I'll get to my brother's house in 20 minutes.  No driving required, so no rental car.

It's a modern country.  Kinda wish America was.
2021-04-11 6:53:32 PM  
Couldn't you just buy a beater at the location and sell it when you're ready to split?
2021-04-11 6:56:24 PM  
"We weren't able to get a rental car at all," one family traveling from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Florida, told Autoweek. "We planned to get a car and stay for like 10 days, to visit Jacksonville, but the options on the sites just weren't there. We should have reserved the cars weeks in advance, or done something else. We just ended up taking Uber a couple of times when we had to."

If you're travelling somewhere you know you'll need a car, you're staying for over a week, you're bringing your family, and you don't make sure that shiat is taken care of ahead of time... you may be a moron.
2021-04-11 7:38:55 PM  
That's why I just carjack a pizza delivery guy.
2021-04-11 8:58:59 PM  
Sounds like a great opportunity for Uber and Lyft drivers at these vacation destinations.
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