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June 16, 2016
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ronprinse
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Hi everyone/anyone. My husband and I are planning on doing the drive in 2017 but the hire care company we were hoping to use does not exist any more. Does anyone have an comments on Car hire. We would love to drive a Mustang if possible.

June 16, 2016
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Hi ronprinse.

For car hire, take a look at rentalcars.com. I have not used them myself, but I have seen them recommended many times on another website, so much so that I feel comfortable passing their name along.

As for driving a Mustang - Mustangs are neat cars, but I've seen trip reports from more than one Route66er where they said that if they had it to do over, they would not rent a Mustang. Usually what they say is that there isn't much trunk (or boot) space and not much space in the back seat. Also, the Mustang has pretty low clearance from the ground, making it very unsuitable for driving the sections of Route66 that are not paved (if you were planning on doing those parts). A mid-sized sedan might be a better, and more comfortable, choice for you. Anyway, just passing along what I have seen others say in various trip reports.

June 17, 2016
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Thank you for your comments. We will have a good think about our options. Appreciate your help. Cheers mate

June 18, 2016
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Hi Ron
Some points from my experience for what it's worth. I drove Route 66 last year and we used rentalcars.com. No problems at all with them. They are essentially a platform for rental companies and we picked up our car from Alamo. It's always nice to request a Mustang but the small print will invariably say "or equivalent". It can only be a select few makes. My mate and I got a Chevrolet Camaro 3.2litre V6 soft top. Excellent service from Alamo at the start and in LA. We put 4,500 miles on the clock (many detours throughout!!) and dropped it off in a pretty dirty state and...no questions asked. Actually we got congratulations for putting so many miles on the clock! "Awesome" was the word.

I would say don't worry about the chassis clearance in a Camaro. We were purists and drove parts of the old, old 66 and some dirt tracks. But you drive to the road and we had to slow down anyway to sometimes 15 mph. You find yourself driving according to road conditions.

Trunk space was a slight issue but may mate and I always got our bags in the back. Make sure you have soft bags that can squash down. We had North Face style barrel bags.

Enjoy your planning!

June 20, 2016
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Thanks for your comments Paul, we have had the same thought about trying a rental a possibly being given a Kia when we were hoping for a mustang.. All of your comments are well received and will keep on considering our options and hope our plans can together

June 22, 2016
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Paul Duncan said

Hi Ron
Some points from my experience for what it's worth. I drove Route 66 last year and we used rentalcars.com. No problems at all with them. They are essentially a platform for rental companies and we picked up our car from Alamo. It's always nice to request a Mustang but the small print will invariably say "or equivalent". It can only be a select few makes. My mate and I got a Chevrolet Camaro 3.2litre V6 soft top. Excellent service from Alamo at the start and in LA. We put 4,500 miles on the clock (many detours throughout!!) and dropped it off in a pretty dirty state and...no questions asked. Actually we got congratulations for putting so many miles on the clock! "Awesome" was the word.

I would say don't worry about the chassis clearance in a Camaro. We were purists and drove parts of the old, old 66 and some dirt tracks. But you drive to the road and we had to slow down anyway to sometimes 15 mph. You find yourself driving according to road conditions.

Trunk space was a slight issue but may mate and I always got our bags in the back. Make sure you have soft bags that can squash down. We had North Face style barrel bags.

Enjoy your planning!

Good Morning

We are planning on doing this in June 2017, please may I ask how much this cost?
My boyfriend is a bit of a petrol head and won't book anything until he finds the right car to do it in and the Camaro sounds great, please can you steer me int he right direction to enquire about booking something like this

Your help would be much appreciated

Many Thanks

June 25, 2016
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Hello adamandbecki

Off the top of my head, my mate and I paid around £6000-650 last September. This was for 19 days, two drivers over 25 and basic insurance. One way drop off in the City of Angels was a few hundred dollars. Best thing to do is go on to rentalcars.com, find your car go through the booking stages to see how far you can get for an idea of cost, then hold off and ring them. Tell them your plan over the phone and ask what you want and what charges to expect. Worked for me!

July 3, 2016
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Hi Ron, as Joe said the Mustang does have a smaller truck, but in my opinion it's not bad enough to say don't take one. We have done Route 66 in my wife's Mustang soft top, and while challenging we didn't have any troubles. We usually take enough cloths for a four day trip, and wash along the way. That gives you some room left over for necessities, and you have a back seat to throw coats etc. into. Most all of the modern hotels has laundry facilities that are free, or at a modest cost. And if you need anything along the way there is always a Wal Mart store close by. The Mustang is comparable in size to the Camaro. I my mind the car you drive will have an impact on the amount of fun you have on a road trip. We have even taken 3 weeks on Route 66 in a Corvette soft top, and I will say that is an adventure in itself. 🙂

Adam, I don't know the cost of a Mustang rental. But the new Mustangs are rated at 33 miles (US) per gallon You should average around 30 for the entire trip. Gas in the USA in down now at an approximate average of $2.25 (US) per gallon for the regular grade fuel.

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October 25, 2016
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Hello everybody

We are planning a Route 66 trip for summer 2017. As I'm a car guy, I would like to rent a Dodge Challenger alternatively a Camaro or a Dodge Charger.
Problem is, I can't find any home page where you can choose a specific car.

Does anybody know wehre I would have the best chance to get a car like this?

Best regards from Switzerland

Stephan

January 6, 2017
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Bisang said
Hello everybody

We are planning a Route 66 trip for summer 2017. As I'm a car guy, I would like to rent a Dodge Challenger alternatively a Camaro or a Dodge Charger.
Problem is, I can't find any home page where you can choose a specific car.

Does anybody know wehre I would have the best chance to get a car like this?

Best regards from Switzerland

Stephan  

Hi Stephan - I'm looking for a Dodge Challenger too so please come back if you find somewhere and I'll do the same.

Cheers

Max

January 9, 2017
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I am trying to book a car for an August trip. I looked on rentalcars.com and was puzzled because no soft top options came up. Having live chatted an assistant, he tells me that they can not guarantee a soft top, it would depend on what cars they had when you picked up the car. I am very surprised at this, because when I did a US road trip several years ago, I was able to specifically book a soft top. Does anyone know any way or any company that will guarantee a soft top? That's part of the Route 66 fantasy for me and I will be really disappointed if I'm not able to make that happen!

January 11, 2017
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Luce76 said
I am trying to book a car for an August trip. I looked on rentalcars.com and was puzzled because no soft top options came up. Having live chatted an assistant, he tells me that they can not guarantee a soft top, it would depend on what cars they had when you picked up the car. I am very surprised at this, because when I did a US road trip several years ago, I was able to specifically book a soft top. Does anyone know any way or any company that will guarantee a soft top? That's part of the Route 66 fantasy for me and I will be really disappointed if I'm not able to make that happen!  

I am doing a trip with a mate in August this year. I have tried a low to websites and cant find a convertibel to rent anywhere. I have spoken to a few customer service people who have been unhelpful - "check the website". I have been advised by a guy who arranges Route 66 tours that teh rental companies don't list their convertibels until January/February. Not sure if that is true - does anyone know?

January 11, 2017
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ShaneGregory, I followed the advice of a poster on an old thread and looked for convertibles in other places en route. I found one through Hertz in Springfield Missouri. So we're going to get a non convertible from Chicago and then switch to a convertible in Springfield. It means paying 2 one way drop off fees, but it was only an extra 100 dollars and to us it's worth it to get the car we want for the majority of the trip.

January 14, 2017
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This may be a silly question... but...

I'm trying to work out how to make sure both my husband and I are both covered on the insurance of the hire car and what the extra cost would be to have both of us as named drivers would be.

I'm getting prices from rentalcars.com and through that it's looking like we're going to use either Hertz or Dollar. Would anyone recommend one of these companies more than other other? Or are they pretty much the same?

February 7, 2017
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Hi we are beginning our car hire planning too, last year we looked at prices on Expedia but didn't book. now the same cars are over £400 more!
I'm interested to hear of your experience of added costs for additional drivers, and if there are car hire companies that do not charge for this.
I see people recommending rental cars dot com so will look here instead of Expedia.

March 3, 2017
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MadMax said

Hi Stephan - I'm looking for a Dodge Challenger too so please come back if you find somewhere and I'll do the same.

Cheers

Max  

So, I found a Dodge Challenger by actually calling Hertz in Chicago - the uk staff couldn't help. However, it was £3k for 19 days & they don't do one way hires so you have to return to Chicago.

I've now booked a fly drive package through BA which I think has come in quite reasonably competitive.

The bonus for me is that included in the price is the one way fee.

So, direct flight to Chicago, return from San Fransisco direct, with a Ford Mustang (inc one way fee) for 19 days for just over £2.5k.

Now to start planning our route, book the key motels every 3 or 4 days and decide our side trips/excursions.

Happy days.

March 3, 2017
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Nice find Mad Max. You'll enjoy your time in the Mustang.

March 8, 2017
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DynoDave said
Nice find Mad Max. You'll enjoy your time in the Mustang.  

Thanks.

All coming together.

Sat nag purchased off fleabay; EZ66 guide purchased from Amazon along with the recommended dining & lodging guide too.

Route planning starts in earnest

March 14, 2017
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Hi Max,

I've just posted some info on the site that might be useful regarding hire cars and driving:

Renting a Car for Your Route 66 Road Trip

Top Tips for Driving in the United States

5 Tips to Keep Comfortable When Driving Route 66

The Mustang sounds like an excellent plan - you're going to have quite a trip.

Let me know if the blog posts raise any more questions,
Steve

Drove Route 66 in August 2007 - hope to do it again one day in the not too distant future.

March 20, 2017
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Steve Bellamy said
Hi Max,

I've just posted some info on the site that might be useful regarding hire cars and driving:

Renting a Car for Your Route 66 Road Trip

Top Tips for Driving in the United States

5 Tips to Keep Comfortable When Driving Route 66

The Mustang sounds like an excellent plan - you're going to have quite a trip.

Let me know if the blog posts raise any more questions,
Steve  

Cheers - links look good to me - I've toured extensively in mainland Europe and the advice rings true to me.

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