The Truth About Cars » Rental http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:19:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 General Motors Makes $500M Bet on Lyft http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/general-motors-makes-500m-bet-lyft/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/general-motors-makes-500m-bet-lyft/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 18:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256769 General Motors announced Monday that it would invest $500 million in ride-sharing service Lyft to help boost the automaker’s business in car-sharing companies and perhaps rental cars. The automaker announced that the investment — roughly half of Lyft’s latest round of fundraising — would buy the automaker seat on the ride-sharing company’s board of directors. Lyft, […]

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General Motors announced Monday that it would invest $500 million in ride-sharing service Lyft to help boost the automaker’s business in car-sharing companies and perhaps rental cars. The automaker announced that the investment — roughly half of Lyft’s latest round of fundraising — would buy the automaker seat on the ride-sharing company’s board of directors. Lyft, […]

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If You Drive A Smart Today, You Can Drive An Exotic Later http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/drive-smart-today-can-drive-exotic-later/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/drive-smart-today-can-drive-exotic-later/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1152137 Two weeks ago, I wrote about the slings and arrows of car2go membership. A few members of the B&B took issue with my claim that car2go was the cheapest way to operate an automobile. One of them decided to do the math. And did he ever. If you have a modern version of Microsoft Excel […]

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Two weeks ago, I wrote about the slings and arrows of car2go membership. A few members of the B&B took issue with my claim that car2go was the cheapest way to operate an automobile. One of them decided to do the math. And did he ever. If you have a modern version of Microsoft Excel […]

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Rental Van With Low-Pressure Tire Warning Rolls, Injuring Six Children; No Charges To Be Filed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/rental-van-low-pressure-tire-warning-rolls-injures-six-children-no-charges-filed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/rental-van-low-pressure-tire-warning-rolls-injures-six-children-no-charges-filed/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1109049 When Maggie Dajani realized that the tire-pressure warning light was on in the van she’d rented to take six teenagers and their parents to a One Direction concert in El Paso, she took the van back to the rental company. A representative of the company, Star Limo, told her not to worry. She then continued […]

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When Maggie Dajani realized that the tire-pressure warning light was on in the van she’d rented to take six teenagers and their parents to a One Direction concert in El Paso, she took the van back to the rental company. A representative of the company, Star Limo, told her not to worry. She then continued […]

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2WD LT Crew Cab Reader Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2015-chevrolet-silverado-2wd-lt-crew-cab-reader-review/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/2015-chevrolet-silverado-2wd-lt-crew-cab-reader-review/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1097249 Just a couple of months ago, GM quietly announced their factory 5 year/100k mile powertrain warranty was going to henceforth be downgraded to a 60k mile powertrain warranty because their cars are all fine now and customers don’t care about long-term warranties. About 48 hours after this was announced, my wife found herself limping along […]

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Just a couple of months ago, GM quietly announced their factory 5 year/100k mile powertrain warranty was going to henceforth be downgraded to a 60k mile powertrain warranty because their cars are all fine now and customers don’t care about long-term warranties. About 48 hours after this was announced, my wife found herself limping along […]

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Danger Girl Bids Farewell To The Old New Camaro http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/danger-girl-bids-farewell-old-new-camaro/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/danger-girl-bids-farewell-old-new-camaro/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:00:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1080601 “You don’t have to meet me inside the airport,” I said, as Danger Girl led me by the hand to the baggage claim area of the Albuquerque Sunport. “I’m not a ten-year-old.” “I just didn’t want you to get lost.” “Lost?” My attention was briefly diverted by a curvaceous Latina in some sort of slutty-jumpsuit […]

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“You don’t have to meet me inside the airport,” I said, as Danger Girl led me by the hand to the baggage claim area of the Albuquerque Sunport. “I’m not a ten-year-old.” “I just didn’t want you to get lost.” “Lost?” My attention was briefly diverted by a curvaceous Latina in some sort of slutty-jumpsuit […]

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Piston Slap: Panther Love Crashes a Monsoon Wedding? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-panther-love-crashes-monsoon-wedding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/piston-slap-panther-love-crashes-monsoon-wedding/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1066258   TTAC Commentator thirty-three writes: Hi Sajeev, Not sure if this fits into your usual line of questions, but I’m looking for suggestions on renting a car for my upcoming wedding. My problem is that here in Vancouver, BC, I can’t find anyone who rents premium vehicles like a Benz or a Jaguar. Really expensive […]

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  TTAC Commentator thirty-three writes: Hi Sajeev, Not sure if this fits into your usual line of questions, but I’m looking for suggestions on renting a car for my upcoming wedding. My problem is that here in Vancouver, BC, I can’t find anyone who rents premium vehicles like a Benz or a Jaguar. Really expensive […]

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Still Not Ready For The Rental Counter: EV Rentals Fail To Thrive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/still-not-ready-for-the-rental-counter-ev-rentals-fail-to-thrive/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/still-not-ready-for-the-rental-counter-ev-rentals-fail-to-thrive/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=624593 ‘ Tis better to own a Leaf or an S than to rent one, it seems. According to Enterprise Holdings Inc., known for driving around in cars wrapped in branded brown paper for some reason, customers who rent electric-only vehicles from their lot soon return their sustainable rides for a one with a sustainable range […]

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‘ Tis better to own a Leaf or an S than to rent one, it seems. According to Enterprise Holdings Inc., known for driving around in cars wrapped in branded brown paper for some reason, customers who rent electric-only vehicles from their lot soon return their sustainable rides for a one with a sustainable range […]

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The Truth About Honda’s Fleet Sales http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/the-truth-about-hondas-fleet-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/the-truth-about-hondas-fleet-sales/#comments Sun, 25 Aug 2013 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=500813 TTAC has a long tradition of digging deep into manufacturer sales data, frequently focusing on retail versus fleet sales. It’s become commonly accepted that high fleet percentages are a sign of weakness in product lines, at least as far as retail consumer preference goes. The traditionally low fleet percentages of Japanese brands have been singled […]

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TTAC has a long tradition of digging deep into manufacturer sales data, frequently focusing on retail versus fleet sales. It’s become commonly accepted that high fleet percentages are a sign of weakness in product lines, at least as far as retail consumer preference goes. The traditionally low fleet percentages of Japanese brands have been singled […]

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Rent Out Your Car Via Onstar http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/rent-out-your-car-via-onstar/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/rent-out-your-car-via-onstar/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 23:21:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413721 Onstar may have been pressured by privacy activists into dropping changes to its terms of service, but the telematics service is still betting that people want to be more connected than ever. So much so that it’s going offer a service allowing you to rent your car out to strangers. A GM press release explains […]

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Onstar may have been pressured by privacy activists into dropping changes to its terms of service, but the telematics service is still betting that people want to be more connected than ever. So much so that it’s going offer a service allowing you to rent your car out to strangers. A GM press release explains […]

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Are You Ready For: Peer-To-Peer Car Rentals? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/are-you-ready-for-peer-to-peer-car-rentals/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/are-you-ready-for-peer-to-peer-car-rentals/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:41:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397794 With car sharing on the rise, my home state of Oregon is moving towards changing insurance rules to allow private “peer to peer” rentals by auto owners. The Oregonian reports that HB 3149 is headed for the Governor’s desk, having been approved by the state House and Senate. Sponsor Rep Ben Cannon explains Most insurance […]

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With car sharing on the rise, my home state of Oregon is moving towards changing insurance rules to allow private “peer to peer” rentals by auto owners. The Oregonian reports that HB 3149 is headed for the Governor’s desk, having been approved by the state House and Senate. Sponsor Rep Ben Cannon explains Most insurance […]

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Rental Car Industry Calls For Recall Of The Recall System http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/rental-car-industry-calls-for-recall-of-the-recall-system/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/rental-car-industry-calls-for-recall-of-the-recall-system/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 18:33:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390080 We’ve long struggled with finding the right balance of recall coverage here at TTAC, as the sheer volume of them makes it extremely difficult to separate the life-saving wheat from the irrelevant chaff. Now, it seems the rental car industry is tired of struggling with the same challenge and is lobbying the government for reform […]

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We’ve long struggled with finding the right balance of recall coverage here at TTAC, as the sheer volume of them makes it extremely difficult to separate the life-saving wheat from the irrelevant chaff. Now, it seems the rental car industry is tired of struggling with the same challenge and is lobbying the government for reform […]

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BMW Seeks A Million New… Rentals? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/bmw-seeks-a-million-new-rentals/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/bmw-seeks-a-million-new-rentals/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:40:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388319 Think BMW sells a lot of cars in the US? The German automaker may have registered nearly 20,000 “sales” in the US last month, but according to the analysts at Polk, over 50 percent of its “sales” in 2010 were actually leases. No wonder BMW’s best-seller, the Dreier (3 Series), occupies a nearly unique position […]

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Think BMW sells a lot of cars in the US? The German automaker may have registered nearly 20,000 “sales” in the US last month, but according to the analysts at Polk, over 50 percent of its “sales” in 2010 were actually leases. No wonder BMW’s best-seller, the Dreier (3 Series), occupies a nearly unique position […]

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Who Ruled The Rental Fleets In 2010? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/who-ruled-the-rental-fleets-in-2010/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/who-ruled-the-rental-fleets-in-2010/#comments Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:09:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=381314 One of the questions that came up in yesterday’s post, The Truth About The Ten Best-Selling Sedans Of 2010, was how to interpret a high percentage of fleet sales. After all, “fleet sales” could describe a huge variety of sales to diverse buyers at widely varying price (and profit) points. Rental fleet sales are widely […]

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One of the questions that came up in yesterday’s post, The Truth About The Ten Best-Selling Sedans Of 2010, was how to interpret a high percentage of fleet sales. After all, “fleet sales” could describe a huge variety of sales to diverse buyers at widely varying price (and profit) points. Rental fleet sales are widely […]

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Are Rental Cars Receiving Recall Repairs? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/are-rental-cars-receiving-recall-repairs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/are-rental-cars-receiving-recall-repairs/#comments Mon, 22 Nov 2010 23:21:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374021 NHTSA Investigation Action Number AQ10001, opened November 18, 2010 notes: The agency, particularly in recent months, has been informed of incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death claimed to have been caused by safety defects and failures to conform to minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) on rental car vehicles for which a […]

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NHTSA Investigation Action Number AQ10001, opened November 18, 2010 notes: The agency, particularly in recent months, has been informed of incidents involving allegations of personal injury and death claimed to have been caused by safety defects and failures to conform to minimum Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) on rental car vehicles for which a […]

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With Fleet Sales Booming,Chrysler Vows To Limit Sales To Rental Firms http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/with-fleet-sales-boomingchrysler-vows-to-limit-sales-to-rental-firms/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/with-fleet-sales-boomingchrysler-vows-to-limit-sales-to-rental-firms/#comments Tue, 27 Apr 2010 22:49:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354471 Fleet sales were up 47 percent in the first quarter of this year, driving sales at a number of automakers. Ford, in particular, is targeting fleet sales unapologetically by touting a recovery in resale values for the Blue Oval Brand. Ford’s Mark Fields tells the Freep: We love fleets at Ford…Ford remains focused on our […]

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Fleet sales were up 47 percent in the first quarter of this year, driving sales at a number of automakers. Ford, in particular, is targeting fleet sales unapologetically by touting a recovery in resale values for the Blue Oval Brand. Ford’s Mark Fields tells the Freep: We love fleets at Ford…Ford remains focused on our […]

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Rentin’ The Blues: First Place: 2010 Lincoln Town Car Signature Limited http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rentin-the-blues-first-place-2010-lincoln-town-car-signature-limited/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rentin-the-blues-first-place-2010-lincoln-town-car-signature-limited/#comments Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:48:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=352451 I’m going down to Memphis Where they really playin’ the blues I’m going down on Beale Street And have a good time like I choose “Thank you for coming to Budget. I have you booked for a Kia Optima.” “The hell you do.” “That is a full-size car as you requested.” “Well, in that case, […]

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I’m going down to Memphis Where they really playin’ the blues I’m going down on Beale Street And have a good time like I choose “Thank you for coming to Budget. I have you booked for a Kia Optima.” “The hell you do.” “That is a full-size car as you requested.” “Well, in that case, […]

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Rentin’ The Blues: Second Place: 2009 Mercury Sable Premier http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rentin%e2%80%99-the-blues-second-place-2009-mercury-sable-premier/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/rentin%e2%80%99-the-blues-second-place-2009-mercury-sable-premier/#comments Mon, 12 Apr 2010 18:06:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=352211 I was born in the city A city with no shame And when I play guitar They all know my name Well, as fate would have it, they only really know my name at the local restaurant where I play lunch gigs on my Gibson CS-336. I don’t consider myself a blues man, but I […]

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I was born in the city A city with no shame And when I play guitar They all know my name Well, as fate would have it, they only really know my name at the local restaurant where I play lunch gigs on my Gibson CS-336. I don’t consider myself a blues man, but I […]

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Infiniti Version Of Straight-To-Rental Nissan Leaf Planned http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/infiniti-version-of-straight-to-rental-nissan-leaf-planned/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/infiniti-version-of-straight-to-rental-nissan-leaf-planned/#comments Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:55:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350089 One of the biggest conundrums facing the folks tasked with marketing the forthcoming first generation of mainstream electric cars is branding. On the one hand, firms want their mainstream brands associated with the green halo of having an electric car in its portfolio. On the other hand, electric cars aren’t cheap. From a pure pricing […]

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One of the biggest conundrums facing the folks tasked with marketing the forthcoming first generation of mainstream electric cars is branding. On the one hand, firms want their mainstream brands associated with the green halo of having an electric car in its portfolio. On the other hand, electric cars aren’t cheap. From a pure pricing […]

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