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November 26, 2012
11:27 am
Wotacroc
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I am in the planning stage of Route 66 in April/May next year.  I will more than likely be going west to east, Los Angeles to Chicago.  Has anyone done it this way and if so, were you able to avoid the five hundred one way charge, by going with one particular rental company.

Are there any particular rental companies that you can recommend or would avoid?

 

Cheers

 

Wotacroc

 

   

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December 11, 2012
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Hi wotacroc,I'm planning on doing West to East next May/June.As regards car hire the best quotes I'm getting are from https://www.Nationalcarrental.com The drop off charge is only $250. Ive also noticed there's a vast difference between various companies. Also another saving can be made by using non-airport locations.

December 11, 2012
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Hi fatherted

I understand what you are saying about the extra charges at airport locations, but we arrive in LAX at about 2.30 pm and would like to drive to Barstow by the evening.  Having to get to a suburban rental company away from the airport could be a waste of time.

I contacted the major rental firms and all of them wanted the one one fee.  None of them would elaborate on what the cost would be until I picked the car up.  I worked out that by the time I paid the $550 dollar fee and booked two flights from LAX to Chicago, it was an extra $1,000.  I decided to drive to Chicago via the shortest route, which took me by the Arches National Park and through Colorado, two places that I have always wanted to see.  We are detouring from Moab, UT down to Durango, CO then up to Denver.  Hopefully there won't be too much snow on the road at that time of the year.

I haven't booked a car yet.  I have read too many horror stories about Dollar.  I booked on-line with Alamo a couple of years ago, to drive from Vancouver down to Montana.  At that stage both Alamo and national were affiliated.  At the moment I have been looking at Hertz, Budget or Alamo, but I will certainly see what National rates are.

I will be doing Route 66 in the second half of May, so we may inadvertently pass each other.

 

Cheers

 

wotacroc

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December 11, 2012
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Looks like National have only 1 LA site and its at the airport whoopee.

December 11, 2012
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I had a look at National and at this stage they are the dearest rental company of the three that I have in mind.  It would appear that National lock you into the Loss Damage Waiver fee, whether you want it or not and you have on idea what you are actually paying for it. 

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December 13, 2012
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I've just booked with Hertz for April.  They seemed fairly competitive.   Apparently driveaway.com.au are very good to deal with and have good rates. A travel agent suggested I use them.  They didnt have all their rates available from April onwards, so I ended up going with Hertz. All their rates are out in January.Smile

December 13, 2012
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I used Hertz during September-October for a 'Fall of the Foliage' drive in VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY and PA.  Got an upgrade from a large sedan to a new GMC SUV, which was very handy.  Also used Hertz from Vegas to LAX via Death Valley.  Never had a problem of any sort with them.  On the other hand if you Google  'Complaints' then the name of any major rental company, you will get literally hundreds and hundreds of dissatisfied people.  

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December 13, 2012
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Hi Jen

 

I had a look at driveaway.com.au and had no trouble getting a quote for May, 2013.  Of some personal concern is that most of their rentals are from Dollar.  I will more than likely go with Hertz, Budget or Alamo.    

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December 13, 2012
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Driveaway also use Hertz and Avis, but those rates arent available to them until New year.

December 14, 2012
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I am in no hurry to book a car, so I can wait till the new year.  From what I have read, Dollar Rentals seem to attract far more complaints than the others.   

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December 15, 2012
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Just done a quick comparison for our possible requirments.All are based on;-

 (a) picking up @ San Diego airport 27/05/13

(b)  drop-off @ Chicago North downtown area apart from Dollar (Midway Apt)  25/06/13

(c)  Economy vehicle

(d) Unlimited mileage,all insurances

 

Dollar =     $1873

Alamo =    $1397

National = $1182

Avis =       $2046

Hertz =     $1546

Enterprise = $3864 Yes $3864 (also same quote via UK site!)

Possible extas to pay are local drop off tax if applicable

 

If Enterprise are taken out the difference between the highest and lowest is $864 which when converted to UK sterling = £540, which will pay for quite a few things on our journey.

December 15, 2012
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fatherted said:

Dollar =     $1873

Alamo =    $1397

National = $1182

Avis =       $2046

Hertz =     $1546

Enterprise = $3864 Yes $3864 (also same quote via UK site!)

Possible extas to pay are local drop off tax if applicable

 

If Enterprise are taken out the difference between the highest and lowest is $864 which when converted to UK sterling = £540, which will pay for quite a few things on our journey.

 

Don't forget you will also have to pay the one way fee plus tax on these vehicles.  I have tried to find out what they would be when I was considering it, and they couldn't tell me the cost till I picked the car up on the day. Found it far simpler to do a round trip from LAX and take in places that I have wanted to see for a while.

 

At the moment I have quotes from Alamo, Hertz and Budget, that start at $990 to $1230 for a Toyota Corolla for almost one month in May 2013.  I will however more than likely opt for a large car, as we will be doing quite a few miles and the larger model may have cruise control.

 

You will also find that some rental companies also include a Loss Damage Waiver fee and some don't.  So that can make quotes a bit ambiguous.  The Loss Damage Waiver issue is a whole can of worms, but I generally go for the company that includes it.  Hopefully it provides some form of guarantee that your holiday won't be ruined by an accident or theft.

Drove Route 66 in 2012.

December 16, 2012
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Now then Wotacroc, The prices I have supplied include the drop off fee but may be liable to local tax.All the companies are quoting $500 drop fee except National who are $250.Another thing I have picked up on is that the rental rates differ between an Australian resident and a UK one. I am going into my local car rental co's to let them give me an all inclusive quote so that  I can relax knowing that there should be no extra hidden horrors.I'll let you know how I get on.Now back to the planning drawing board.

Ps Alamo, Enterprise and National are all owned by the same group.

December 16, 2012
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Let me add two footnotes:

1)  Cruise control is generally standard in the US, including on economy cars like the Corolla.  Confirm with the rental company in your particular case. (This is a steering-column lever you engage to maintain a constant highway speed.)  

2) A $250 one-way dropoff charge on a Chicago-LA (or LA-Chicago) rental is pretty reasonable.  You would spend that much on gas, food, budget lodging etc. getting the car back to the city of origin...plus you'd waste (and suffer through) two 17-hour days on the Interstates. 

December 16, 2012
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fatherted said:

Another thing I have picked up on is that the rental rates differ between an Australian resident and a UK one.

 

Unfortunately I live in a country that gets ripped off by overseas and local companies.  USA cruise lines charge us more, simply in one particular companies words "Because we are an affluent country". 

 

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December 16, 2012
7:32 pm
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Hi Frank.

The trouble with getting information from USA based rental companies is, any questions that you ask over the Internet, the response comes from their Australian based company.  On just about every occasion the question is not answered or ambiguous.

As a keen photographer I would like to compliment you on your website.  There are some stunning images.  I usually spend time looking at about 100 images at a time.  At this rate I will be doing this for the next two weeks.  You are very fortunate in that you are not too far away from route 66 in particular, and can work around the best times in which to take photographs. 

Drove Route 66 in 2012.

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