13 Articles

They didn't want insurance or waivers; they got charged anyway

Dollar Rent A Car has been charging customers for insurance they never intended to buy, a prominent consumer lawyer alleges.

Good news, rental car fans – Hertz has managed to expand its operations by over 1,500 locations. The company has reportedly just agreed to snatch up Dollar Thrifty car rental in a $1.17 billion deal that included both cash and Hertz stock. According to USA Today, that figure values Dollar Thrifty shares at a 5.5 percent premium over what the company's stock had been trading for recently.

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, known in the retail world as Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental, will be buying about 40,000 fewer Chryslers than it did last year. Previously, the company was contractually bound to ensure that 75% of its fleet was composed of Chrysler vehicles. After the bankruptcy kerfuffle, the contract has been revised to compel Dollar Thrifty to purchase a new minimum number of vehicles, and the company is using the freedom to increase its model mix.

2010 Porsche Panamera – Click above for high-res image gallery

Hertz Fun Collection Chevrolet Corvette ZHZ - click above to enlarge

Bugatti Veyron – Click above for a high-res image gallery from our first drive

While the idea of the supercar club has yet to take hold here in The Colonies, across the Atlantic in jolly old England, the notion developed into a popular alternative to the costly prospect of owning and maintaining high-priced exotica. The idea, in a nutshell, was to provide customers with the opportunity to occasionally borrow vehicles from a stable of supercars. Since most privately-owned supercars sit around unused most of the time, membership in a supercar club seemed – and, for a w

Bandago Van Rentals has announced that they are teaming up with DriveNeutral to completely offset their national rental fleet. Bandago specializes in renting full-sized vans for longer trips, particularly for touring musicians and anyone else who needs a larger vehicle for a road trip. DriveNeutral is a non-profit group that arranges carbon offsets for member companies through the Chicago Climate Exchange. Bandago will be offsetting 823 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

There are a myriad of choices available to the average traveler when four-wheeled transportation is required. But to the discerning car connoisseur, the prospect of being trapped within a Caliber, Impala or other nondescript people mover is as unconscionable as choosing Denny's over Per Se.

The New York Times interviewed Andrew C. Taylor, chairman and CEO of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, to see if he expects gas prices to affect his company's services. Taylor actually expects the opposite, predicting more Americans will be traveling on the road this summer than last year, with many demanding a rental vehicle. According to Taylor, customers focus on more convenient vehicles for their trip than gas prices, renting larger vehicles such as SUVs to carry extra luggage, etc.  Of course, he