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post #1 of 26
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Going to Summit county toward the end of Feb. Need to rent a car for just me and one passenger and our gear. Does anyone know how big of a car I need for two pairs of skis to fit? I am pretty sure that any car with fold down back seats will work. I would like to book a compact because of the price but I cannot even figure out from calling the rental companies if the seats will fold down. Most I call tell me they do not know I need to call the particular location and when I do no one answers which is not a good sign. The only person I was actually able to get a hold of tried selling me an SUV which I don't want to pay for. Anyone with experience doing this?  

post #2 of 26
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Originally Posted by foursquare View Post
 

Going to Summit county toward the end of Feb. Need to rent a car for just me and one passenger and our gear. Does anyone know how big of a car I need for two pairs of skis to fit? I am pretty sure that any car with fold down back seats will work. I would like to book a compact because of the price but I cannot even figure out from calling the rental companies if the seats will fold down. Most I call tell me they do not know I need to call the particular location and when I do no one answers which is not a good sign. The only person I was actually able to get a hold of tried selling me an SUV which I don't want to pay for. Anyone with experience doing this?  


it is a crap shoot what you will get on a particular day.  However, I would be very wary of booking a compact, the rental companies are giving real compacts at that level now!  Heck, even "full-size" rentals are too often 4 cyl jobs now...:mad

post #3 of 26

I have never rented a car I couln't get skis in, however they might have to go in through the front door and over the front seat, which could be uncomfortable for the passenger.

 

Most rental locations in ski country will rent you a ski rack for an extra charge.

 

Agree that what they call a compact might be smaller than you want. The websites will give you examples but very likely you will get something similar rather than the specified model.

 

I always reserve a mid-size car. I have ended up with anything from a Nissan Versa tio a Cadillac DTS.

post #4 of 26
I have rented cars in Denver and SLC many times and never had a problem getting skis in with the back seat folded. They may have to go in diagonally, but they go in.
post #5 of 26

I've always been a compact car guy myself.  If the seats fold down, absolutely no problem, and your passenger will even get to ride up front.  Worst comes to worst, the front seat can be reclined, and the skis can ride up front with you, your passenger behind you in the back seat.  Not ideal, but doable.  This is the method I've used to fit 8 foot lengths of lumber in my compact cars!  :rolleyes

 

I doubt you'll have to resort to that, though.  I would bet your compact has folding rear seats.

post #6 of 26

If your flying into DEN do not, I repeat do not rent from Budget.  I am still fighting a fuel surcharge that they assessed even though I returned it full.  First time in 10 years of skiing out West and renting cars that this happened. 

 

I always have two cars rented...an SUV and a standard size or thereabouts.  Then I see how the weather is and cancel one or the other accordingly.

post #7 of 26

You don't need a big car; you do need one that has a fold down rear seat - most but not all rental cars have fold-down seats.  Just ask about this when you pick up the car.   Many people put skis in rental cars - the rental car people will figure it out.

post #8 of 26
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If your flying into DEN do not, I repeat do not rent from Budget.  I am still fighting a fuel surcharge that they assessed even though I returned it full.  First time in 10 years of skiing out West and renting cars that this happened. 

 

I found DEN rental as a whole significantly worse than other locations. 

 

I've had so much issues from the several recent rentals from DEN, despite using "reputable" companies. I'm basically running out of company to try. 

post #9 of 26
I was happy with National. Have hated Budget, Thrifty, and Dollar. One of them, forget which, asked why I was there, told them my mother was on her death bed, they proceeded to put me through some wringer about insurance, then tried to hit me with it anyway after I clearly told them no, more than once. Fortunately caught it before I took the car. I guess they thought I was too distraught to know what they were doing.
post #10 of 26
The rental agency has no idea what car you will get, until your at the counter.
I always rent the economy and they seldom have one, so I'm always upgraded for free.
Don't let them upsell you anything!
post #11 of 26

For the last ten years or so I've been a member of National's Emerald Club - this means I get to pick out any car I want from a row of them.  There's usually several dozen to choose from, and there's always been one with a fold-down rear seat.  Might be worth looking into joining.  I get some pretty hefty discounts, but my account is through my employer so you might not get the same deal.

 

Come to think of it, I haven't encountered one  yet that didn't have a fold-down seat - seems to be more or less a standard feature in mid-sized cars these days.

 

In a large airport like DEN the car rental agency should have several models to choose from and if you ask nicely the agent will probably help you out.  If not, there are a bunch of other car rental desks right there - see which one wants your business.

 

PS - don't rent from Dollar.  They suck and you'll regret it.

post #12 of 26
I have to disagree with the negative comments about Dollar. I have rented from them quite a few times and generally been pleased. Rates out of Denver are almost always the lowest of the majors. If you belong to their free Express program, you arrive and all the paperwork is filled out and you just pick it up at the special line at the counter and go get your car. Never had a problem with them trying to push insurance or play games about damages upon returning the car.
post #13 of 26

Just don;t do what I did in Reno two years ago. We were in for the Gathering and I reserved a mid size because we were meeting KevinF and needed something to fit three with gear from the house to the various hills.  We were going to drop our stuff and return 12 hours later to get KevinF, so all luggage was not an issue as we were leaving before the event was complete. Room for three bootbags and skis was.  They offered a Wrangler, I'm thinking 2 door 8 feet long, um NO!  I declined that and ended up with a Buick something.  Nice car but by the 3rd day we had to buy chains to get around after the snow finally arrived.  It was not until I drove into my work parking lot after the trip that I suddenly realized they made a 4 door wrangler, there were two in our lot! 

 

I don;t remember the rental company, Enterprise maybe?  Doesn;t matter, I was at fault for not asking to at least see the vehicle, a 4 door wrangler would have been just the ticket for that week.  might have been a bit cramped for space but would have handled the driving conditions much better.

post #14 of 26

Sure the skis will fit.  You might have to drive with the windows down though :D:duck:

post #15 of 26
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I have to disagree with the negative comments about Dollar. I have rented from them quite a few times and generally been pleased.

 

Give it time.  Your number will come up eventually.  Hard to believe they are still in business.

post #16 of 26

I've had good luck getting good car rental rates through Hotwire, but only when I know for sure there is no way I am cancelling, because you pay up front for the discounts.  I've gotten good-sized SUVs for the price of a mid-size car that way.

post #17 of 26
Dollar's owned by Hertz, along with Thrifty and now Firefly.
post #18 of 26

To be fair,  I have had significant problems each and every time at Denver with rental cars no matter what the company or time of year.   It's got to be more than my bad luck; something about the rental car system there truely defines FUBAR (or torture).

 

Shuttles are my first option always.

post #19 of 26

When I fly into Denver I rent from the Avis office in the Doubletree hotel (which is not at the airport). They have a hotel shuttle to the airport and are about $100 cheaper for the week so I can upgrade to a bigger car. I am even allowed to return the car to the Avis at the airport when I fly home. Only gotca is they close at 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday or picking up the car.

post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by stevescho View Post
 

To be fair,  I have had significant problems each and every time at Denver with rental cars no matter what the company or time of year.   It's got to be more than my bad luck; something about the rental car system there truely defines FUBAR (or torture).

 

Shuttles are my first option always.


It's not just Denver. I've had great rentals and horrible ones at various airports. Just seems to be luck of the draw. I really think it's up to the rental counter more than a particular company as to how well its run and whether your car, or any car for that matter, will be available when you are supposed to pick up the car. Some seem to go out of their way to make it an easy transaction, others seem to make it horrible for everyone.

post #21 of 26
Knock in wood I've never had an issue in Denver with rental cars. I always rent a big suv so gear is never an issue. Catching the shuttle from the airport to the rental area dragging kids and gear and the wait at the counter does suck though.
post #22 of 26
Thread Starter 

wow thanks for the replys everyone. Looks like I should be ok. I shoped around and did notice that nearly every rental car compnay at the Denver Airport had terrible reviews so I went with Advantage which was the cheapest at the time. We'll see how it goes. 

post #23 of 26
This is the stuff that scares me every time I rent: http://www.denverpost.com/travel/ci_8625501
post #24 of 26
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This is the stuff that scares me every time I rent: http://www.denverpost.com/travel/ci_8625501

Just bcz someone posted this on the internet doesn't make any of it necessarily true.

post #25 of 26
It's not the first time I've heard about this.
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