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Rent an Outback?

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Thread Starter 

Anyone know if you can rent a Subie Outback in Salt Lake City?

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Seems like most companies only rent Americun cars. Really makes me nuts.

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I know right. What do they think they are doing by buying American?

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Honda and Toyota are made in the US yet I rarely see them as rentals.

Actually the Outback is %50 Americun made.

 

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/MadeInAmerica/page?id=13795239

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Originally Posted by ecimmortal View Post

I know right. What do they think they are doing by buying American?

 

Supporting the NEXT demise of the US car industry...

 

Can't make a decent motorcycle here either....


Edited by Rossi Smash - 7/15/12 at 10:01am
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You can rent "imports" but its not as common. Rental car companies care about cost, not durability. They sell off their fleet ever year or so. 

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Originally Posted by tromano View Post

You can rent "imports" but its not as common. Rental car companies care about cost, not durability. They sell off their fleet ever year or so. 

 

I'd love to see the numbers on how many don't even go that far  eek.gif

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Hertz carried Outbacks until five-ish years ago (and I always asked for one since that was what I drive at home).  Since then, specifying 4wd but otherwise taking the luck of the draw, the most common have been Toyota Rav4 and small Jeeps (Liberty, I think).  I've also gotten Chevy Traverses --hated it -- and Mitsubishi something-or-others.  (The M. handled well,but my travel mug would not fit in the cup holders!)

 

Oddly, the last time I rented I saw an Outback with the other cars.  Wonder where that came from?

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Hertz carried Outbacks until five-ish years ago (and I always asked for one since that was what I drive at home).  Since then, specifying 4wd but otherwise taking the luck of the draw, the most common have been Toyota Rav4 and small Jeeps (Liberty, I think).  I've also gotten Chevy Traverses --hated it -- and Mitsubishi something-or-others.  (The M. handled well,but my travel mug would not fit in the cup holders!)

 

Oddly, the last time I rented I saw an Outback with the other cars.  Wonder where that came from?

 

Rental fleet mechanics car  wink.gif

post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I could not find one. I. Was interested in a Subie rental as an extended test drive. Guess I will try something else.
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My suggestions for issues like this is you call each specific place and ask.  How many places are there?


Hertz,

Enterprise,  Alamo, National

Dollar, Thrifty

budget

are the big players.  If after calling these places and they don't have it, then give up.

 

 

I think there is a lot of misinformation and generalizations here.  Each location varies and also caters towards local usage.  They even have nissan leafs at rental places here at enterprise/hertz for people wanting to try out an all-electric.  so how does that fit in at all with the generalizations of a) american only and b) lowest cost cars

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I rented a toyota prius at a mid-sized price. Its really location depedent.

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Honestly, with some car companies you can specify in advance for AWD/4WD and they can still try to screw you. Most of my travel involves going to wind farms. 4WD is a MUST. They try and give you some bloated station wagon and say it's an SUV. That's when I walk down the counter to another company.

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Honestly, with some car companies you can specify in advance for AWD/4WD and they can still try to screw you. Most of my travel involves going to wind farms. 4WD is a MUST. They try and give you some bloated station wagon and say it's an SUV. That's when I walk down the counter to another company.

This is when getting "status" at a company helps (or maybe doesn't). 

If you're just an anonymous walk-up stranger to them, they may get away with it.  But if you start forming a relationship, this will either start happening less (if you inform them of the mistake and have them to put a note of it in your account), or you move to a different company.

 

Usually you can get into the entry level tier for free through some various promotion.  Just signing up by itself, it shows some level of commitment, so you are valued more as a customer.

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I'm a member at most and I like National/Alamo the best. They usually have cars grouped by class and you pick out which one you want?

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This is when getting "status" at a company helps (or maybe doesn't).

Sorta maybe. I've been a Hertz "President's Circle" member (>40 rentals a year required) for 6-7 years and I'm "guaranteed" upgrades, and choice of vehicle, and, and, and. The reality is that they often either "forget", or say that the upgrade "isn't guaranteed" (I bring a copy of the web page for that one rather than argue) and so on.

 

Sheesh, I can't even get a "no Camry's or Crown Vicks" to stick in my notes.

 

So again - sorta maybe. Yes, they tend to be a bit more responsive, but you have to make sure you know what the benefits you're supposed to be getting, and be ready to push for the,

 

And, oh, haven;t seen an Outback in the Hertz lot for a lot of years now (but they do have Panamara's at LAX now biggrin.gif)

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