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Read Between the Lines When You're Renting a Car

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On: Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 3:37PM | By: Gary P Garry

Read Between the Lines When You're Renting a Car

I have done a great deal of traveling throughout my life, and I have found that renting a car is kind of fun. You explore your options when you are making the reservation, and you have decisions to make with regard to the price. You can go the economy route, but if you are willing to dip into your wallet, you a have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a car that you have always wanted to drive.

Recently, in conjunction with the well-publicized Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead shows, I wrote about the 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air that was once owned by the Grateful Dead crew that was on the auction block. The subject was on my mind because I was holding tickets to the shows that would take place in Santa Clara, California. (I also went to the final show in Chicago, but I can't tell you that, because I would look like a Deadhead instead of a serious automotive writer.)

Anyway, I was spending the night before the shows in San Francisco, and, having been there numerous times, I knew that it is crazy difficult to find a parking space. In fact, in many ways, having a car in the city is a liability, but I needed a car to get to Santa Clara the next day. Because of the parking thing, I wanted something small that would fit into tight spaces, so I rented a compact.

In the line at the rental car place there was a couple in front of me, and the clerk, who seemed very cool, asked the man if he was a Camaro guy. I'm a geezer of sorts, but this guy was “geezerer”, if you will, and he said, “No, but I used to be.”

The rental dude asked him if he would like to drive a full-size SUV. Unfortunately, the guy didn't get it. He insisted on the Chevy Cruze that he rented, and it was clear that he did so because he was afraid that he would be charged more for the SUV.

When it was my turn, I blew off the parking space theory because I knew what was coming. I told the guy that I was a Camaro guy, because I am—I actually drive one as my personal car. He smiled, he did what he had to do on the computer, and he handed me the paperwork, and told me where my car was.

I got to the spot, and, as I suspected, it was a loaded 2015 Camaro SS, and there was no difference in the price that I originally paid online. In fact, for three days, I paid $108.

The moral of the story is this: Don't be afraid to accept the kindness of strangers, unless you're a kid and someone in a raincoat is offering you candy.



Temsim | 2:44PM (Fri, Sep 18, 2015)

It had been a great pleasure for me to meet Angela Wright, the one who is associated with MPV Rentals, as she assisted me to plan my weekend adventure tour with my family by booking a car rental at the competitive prices.

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