Ever wanted to rent a Ferrari for a special event? If you're in the Chicago area, you can get just that – with a special twist. Lucky customers can not only have a specially customized Ferrari 360 Spider at their disposal, but they also get a night out with Tony Tag! You know Tony, right? No? He's the most photographed man in the country besides the President, at least according to his website. We figured this was just a late April Fool's joke, but tragically, it isn't.
Last October we advised you not to hold your breath for Daimler's Car2Go program to come to America. You can breathe again. If you live in Austin, Texas you'll be able to rent a mild hybrid Smart ForTwo by the minute this fall. Austin was chosen because of its university population and its concern for the environment.
Last summer, it was the Detroit Three that were restraining themselves from dumping cars into the gaping maw of fleet sales just to boost the bottom line. Turns out they had some help with that discipline: Due to last year's events, rental car fleets shrunk by 400,000 units from 2007 to 2008. As we begin 2009, rental car companies have declared they will be trimming their fleet orders and curbing the number of vehicles they keep on hand even further.
Privately-held Advantage Rent-A-Car has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is closing almost half of its locations nationwide. Punished by, of course, tight credit, the company has also suffered from higher costs and lower revenue because of reduced consumer travel (a.k.a. the "staycation"). The company isn't closing its doors just yet, but rather looking into various options for itself and its 14 remaining affiliates, "including a sale or merger." In the mean time, it has made arran
There has been a longstanding tradition among car rental agencies to push renters up to bigger, more expensive models. Not that it was all that difficult to do, considering that Americans tend to prefer larger vehicles when all other aspects are equal. Now, though, not all of those aspects are equal, as bigger vehicles are usually thirstier vehicles and the renter is required to return the vehicle with a full tank of gas. So, the act of stepping up to a Hemi-powered Dodge Charger from a four-ban
There's lots more to being a green company in the automotive realm than offering low carbon-output machines, whether you sell them to the public or rent them, like Avis. According to Avis, not only do its consumers prefer not to have their rental cars cluttered with unnecessary brochures and paperwork, but the elimination of said materials will reduce the rental firm's paper consumption by 100 tons per year. That savings adds up to the preservation of 1,500 trees. Surely, Avis is also happy to s
The folks over at SmartMoney.com have compiled a common-sense list of the "Top 10 Things Your Retntal Company Won't Tell You." In point of fact, we'd reckon that most of the pointers are forehead-smackingly obvious, but that doesn't mean that it isn't worth a quick refresher, or a good opportunity to relay your own tips to fellow Autoblog readers in comments.