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  1. Default Queries on forecoming roadtrip

    hi and my girlfriend are coming over to the states in mid october for a roadtrip from la-san diego-phoenix-las vegas and san fran.ive got a few questions if thats ok.
    1) we are undecided on what car to pick.weve narrowed it down to a convertible or a jeep. does anyone have an idea on the quality/age of these cars as dont want to pay £500 for a rubbish motor and be stuck with it for 16 days.weve had prices from dollar and carhire 3000 which we assume are good companies

    2) how can we be sure that the price we pay is the final total and we wont be stung for any hidden extras

    3)las vegas to san fran is a long there any really good places we could stop at along the way to break up the journey

    many thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Melbourne, Australia


    Quote Originally Posted by Ryandal View Post
    2) how can we be sure that the price we pay is the final total and we wont be stung for any hidden extras
    Contact the company, either by email, or by phone, and ask them if the quoted price is the final price, or if there are any other charges which have not yet been included in the quote. Then ask them to confirm that by email.

    Lifey who always asks for the total cost

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Easy As...

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    1) Dollar is one of several well known U.S. car rental companies. I have rented several times from them and find that they, like many of the 'second tier' companies (after Hertz and Avis) offer good service at reasonable rates. Like all national brand name companies, they strive to offer a quality product, so if you are unhappy with your rental, a trade-in should be available. You should not get stuck with a car you are unhappy with. Carhire 3000 is a European company and so we are unfamiliar with it or its reputation. However, we do generally recommend that our European visitors book through a European company both because they often get better rates and because it makes sorting out any pre- or post-travel problems easier. My guess is that they would act as a booking agent in this case and that the actual rental would come from an American firm such as Dollar.

    Even so, I would think that either a convertible or a Jeep would be a waste of money. Your rental contract will undoubtedly forbid your taking the car off-road, so there's nowhere the Jeep would take you that a standard sedan won't, and I personally find the 'freedom' offered by convertibles to be overrated, and the wind noise and buffeting become tiresome quickly at highway speeds. You will save far more by foregoing those two vehicles than you will ever save by shopping for a better company.

    2) As Lifey suggests, contact the hire company directly, or check that the quoted price includes "all taxes and fees". Nevertheless, there may be additional fees for underage (younger than 25) or additional drivers, or for insurance if your own policies do not adequately cover you for driving a hire car in a foreign country.

    3) At 570 miles, most Americans would consider this a "good stretch of the legs" but entirely doable in a single day's driving. However, if you need or want to stop, Bakersfield is approximately half way. It is not a tourist attraction itself, but will have a very good choice of accommodations. Another possibility is to overnight around Paso Robles or Cambria and enjoy a second day's drive up the Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1) up into San Francisco.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Any vehicle rented from a reputable company here will be a late model car - probably 2 years old or less, with less than 50k miles on it. The only exceptions may be small independent companies which will have a name such as "Rent-A-Dent" - and those companies will probably have daily mileage limits and restrictions on how far you can travel with it.

    If you want a convertible or a Jeep, go for it - but you can get a standard car a lot cheaper.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    SF Bay Area

    Default another precinct heard from...

    Disclaimer: except for an ugly 4-year stretch a couple decades ago, I have always owned a convertible... stretching back to 1971. I'm biased.

    They are fun, and October in California should be prime convertible time.

    The caveats: you're going to pay in several ways, and rental cost is only the first.

    You're going to have a much smaller trunk than you would otherwise, so don't overpack.
    The rear seat will be cramped, don't expect to put a live person over the age of puberty in the back seat.

    In mid-October, Tioga pass through Yosemite might still be open, so a routing through Death Valley, up 395 and over Tioga pass is an option. Your potential stops would be something like Bishop or Mammoth Lakes.

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