Um...subcompact or SUV??

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  1. rwoman
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    Hi All,

    I figured my fellow MP'ers will appreciate this...I need a 24 hour rental car in ATL next moth...

    A Ford Mustang or intermediate SUV is about $12 cheaper than a SUBCOMPACT...oh my. I figure I will not spend that much in gas...

    :)robin
     
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    Seems to be happening more frequently. At the end of January I needed a rental at MIA both before and after a cruise. The before was the more expensive. If I had gone with a subcompact or even an economy it was about $70 a day for three days. (plus taxes). But with a 7-passenger mini-van it wound up being $23/day.

    After for another three day rental, with a drop in TPA, the price for the minivan was $17/day. Subcompact or compact was about $60/day.

    BTW. The van got 26mpg on the trips. Subcompacts were supposed to get 30. Think it worked out nicely.
     
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    Also want to give a shout out to AutoSlash.
     
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    Same thing for me @ BWI. $12 cheaper/day for the mustang. I drove it like I stole it!!
     
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    Don't forget handling. While I enjoyed driving a Mustang convertible on my recent trip to Hawaii, that thing maneuvered like a boat. I would much prefer my trusty Civic for day-to-day needs.
     
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    Take what's cheap. Who knows, based on where gas prices are going you might just end up with either of those anyways even if you did rent the subcompact. And to add insult to injury - they will tell you with a straight fact that you are getting a comp upgrade when you know you are paying $12 more per day for the subcompact that you aren't getting! :)
     
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    I had an Avis reservation at SLC last year. When I showed up to pickup my econo box corporate rental the older gentleman in front me in the tiny office was yelling at the attendant about the fact that he reserved some small car and the guy wanted him to take a Tahoe. After a few minutes I offered to take the larger vehicle if it would help the situation. After the guy left in my tiny junkbox the attendant was so thankful and gave me free gas on the Tahoe.
     
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    Deja vu. I have experienced this before when gas prices go up. And I am one of those old guys who wants a compact when gas prices go up. Don't let me reserve a compact, only to get there and be told there is nothing small to be had!
     
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    I've rented Standard size only to be offered a 15 Passenger van or a Escalade as the last 2 available cars. I didn't want either, but took the Escalade. It ended up being 4-wheel drive and the clients site was really muddy. As a punishment, I returned the Escalade with so much mud on it, it had to weigh 200# more. We had a riot driving the thing through mud holes and almost had to get a bull dozer to get pulled out.
     
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    One thing I've noticed in past years is that you can typically get a great deal on a full size (big) SUV in the Summer in Salt Lake City or Denver. Usually they come complete with ski racks. I would assume they rent these for big dollars in the ski season but in the heat of Summer they are at a discount. I don't ski but I do like a big SUV when I can get one cheaply.
     

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