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Rental Car in SLC

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Looking for some last minute advice here. I am going out to SLC in 2 weeks on Dec 11th and just got ditched by my buddy due to his new job, so I will be solo for 5 days Monday-Friday until the rest of my crew gets in on Friday. I want to rent a car and so I can hop aroung the LCC/BCC resorts as I am staying in Sandy. Since it is just me now, I would prefer to do this as cheap as possible, so I thought a Subaru Outback would be perfect. I assume 4WD is necessary to drive up the canyons, right? Who at SLC rents an outback, or a mini SUV if they are available. I an having a hard time finding one myself. Plenty of cheap cars available, but none with 4WD. Any advice here?
post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by NYSki View Post
I assume 4WD is necessary to drive up the canyons, right?
Only if it's snowing. Check Enterprise. (801) 537-7433
I know they carry subbies...
post #3 of 21
>I assume 4WD is necessary to drive up the canyons, right?
no, not really. if it hasn't snowed for 2 days any car will be just fine to get up canyon, in a storm you are going to be limited to 4WD SUV, or chains. (can have a cop at bottom and for sure you need it anyway!) or You can hussle to bus if it snows.(harder with a bunch of guys<g>.

Oribtz has a $49 SUV from Aadvantage and $23 economy cars, you decide. I always think for sure at least economy is worth it. Also, you want to take a trip to PC and Snowbasin.

On Orbitz, I see the Hertz Subaru is like $69, that is what I reserved for my two SLC trips. It is always a crapshoot. If it snows you will have wanted the SUV, if it's dry, you really don't need it. In 5 days as I see it, you have a 50/50 chance of snow. They do average 25 inches a week in season, probably starting right about mid-December.
post #4 of 21

Driving up cottonwood

We spent a week in Utah with a front wheel drive rental car and were fine driving up both big & little cottonwood canyons. A lot of the time when it snows it is on the mountain, the snowfall on the road going up is much lighter. If things get really bad, you can park at the bottom and take the bus up the hill. I wouldn't pay the extra $$ for the SUV or AWD unless the weather indicates a major storm is coming.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
sounds like it is a little of a gamble as to trying to save money and go with a non 4WD car. I would imagine on a powder day the ski bus is probably a zoo.
post #6 of 21
if you don't mind spending the $$ for a 4WD if a big snow is coming but you want to watch your $$, reserve a 4WD, then drop it for a cheapo if there is no big snow predicted.(you can do that last minute).
post #7 of 21
make sure you thoroughly check the car they give you before you drive off the lot. Last year, they told me you are getting a brand new car with no problems, just sign here. They didn't even go over the car with me but when I inspected the car on my own, I found a broken hubcap, passenger side mirror, dent on the rear bumper and several small scratches... I'm sure they wouldn't have considered that new conditions when I brought it back...
post #8 of 21
I've rented fwd econo boxes many times and only once did I have to take the bus.

Personally I would save the rental car money and take the shuttle up to Alta and stay at the Peruvian. Much better atmosphere for a single skier.
post #9 of 21
One more thing to consider. It is cheaper to upgrade rental when you are picking up the car at the airport than to make reservation through any of the travel sites. We saved ~$100 last year by changing from full size to SUV right at the airport compared to what we would have paid if it went through the Priceline. Only catch is if they dont have any 4WD at the lot...
post #10 of 21
personally, I would save the money. I was in SLC in March for 10 days and it snowed every day we were there. Even closed the canyons one day. At any rate, we rented an economy car and were fine. Never had any problems.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Sheena: When you were there, they never had the road to the canyon restricted to chains or 4WD only? that is really my only concern.

Also, Shreadhead suggested staying at the Peruvian. How are the accomidations there for a single skiier. I have thought about this, but I want to try a few of the mountains there (my buddy told me that Solitude is great the day after a dump, as it doesn't get skiied off nearly as fast as Alta or the Bird) and my two other buddies are coming in on Friday, so I will only be solo for 4 days.
post #12 of 21
The Peruvian is a great ski lodge!

http://www.altaperuvian.com/rates/rates.htm


I've never stayed in the dorm rooms, but I hear that its not bad. I've always been able to talk them into giving me a Nordic room at the single price of $112.
This includes all of your meals and the food is really good.
post #13 of 21

Hotwire and Priceline

You might not get the Subaru Outback you want, but you might find a better price on an SUV rental at www.hotwire.com or www.priceline.com . They only catch is that you'll have to pay in advance and that it is nonrefundable. You might also be able to get a little bit of a car rental discount through Costco travel.
post #14 of 21
Hmm I've got a trip reserved for Jan1-7 except we still need to rent a car. I was just going to pay the extra for a Subaru or Advantage apparently rents Jeep Cherokees for $25 more per week. I'm trying to make sure they are 4WD.

They aren't stupid enough to buy/rent 2WD SUVs in SLC are they?
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by gramboh View Post
Hmm I've got a trip reserved for Jan1-7 except we still need to rent a car. I was just going to pay the extra for a Subaru or Advantage apparently rents Jeep Cherokees for $25 more per week. I'm trying to make sure they are 4WD.

They aren't stupid enough to buy/rent 2WD SUVs in SLC are they?
I was rented an SUV(4wd) to head up to summit county a few years back and rented a grand cherokee. They said it was classified as a 4WD/SUV, however it was a 2WD version. I argued and said that was false advertising and wanted a 4WD vehicle, but the lady at the counter didn't understand what I was talking about, she just kept saying it was an SUV. : Luckily we didn't have a problem.

I think the only guaranteed SUV's that are 4WD are the liberty's and subie's though i'm not completely sure about that.

-matt
post #16 of 21

Rugged Rental SLC ??

I have rented twice from Advantage in SLC and although I can't articulate why, I try to find something else first. This year I may try www.ruggedrental.com. Rugged rental is off site (disadvantage) but seems to have a decent selection, reasonable prices, vehicles available, and no surcharge for over 21 yoa drivers. I have checked google and yahoo and find no complaints. Found them listed on one of the parkcity dot coms.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by flaskier View Post
I have rented twice from Advantage in SLC and although I can't articulate why, I try to find something else first. This year I may try www.ruggedrental.com. Rugged rental is off site (disadvantage) but seems to have a decent selection, reasonable prices, vehicles available, and no surcharge for over 21 yoa drivers. I have checked google and yahoo and find no complaints. Found them listed on one of the parkcity dot coms.
Hmm the website doesn't show prices for the 4x4 SUV but it shows ok prices for the pickups, pretax though I'm assuming. I will give em a call.

Thanks!
post #18 of 21
Rugged Rental seems interesting, thanks for the link... I see they are an affiliate of fox. My family has used fox rental before and were satisfied. I was able to get price quotes for everything. No charge for ski rack or under 25 yo drivers is nice. I think there is always a chance you could end up with 2WD if you reserve an SUV with the bigger companies.
post #19 of 21
I started looking at Rugged because they allow towing with their vehicles and we are considering renting snowmobiles directly from a local shop (w trailer) and venturing off on our own. It seems that there are some marked trails going South to Strawberry Reservoir from Park City and it might be nice compared to the usual snowmobile rental. Added to the towing is the no charge for under 25 drivers. I have 2 sons 21 - 25. But certainly the primary purpose of the rental is transportation which we all want hassle free.
post #20 of 21
My friends and I just booked our trip to SLC last week. I used priceline to get a minivan at $35 a day, the quoted rates on expedia were around 70+, also regarding 4wd, the Avis rep told me last season they only closed the roads twice to cars with 4wd/snow chains, so any car with front wheel drive should work. I would try priceline and bid no more than $20 a day for a midsize.
post #21 of 21
I booked through Avis today. Their standard SUV class includes Trailblazers and 4-Runners (I called the actual SLC airport location and talked to the lady). Apparently 95% are 4WD, with the exception of SUVs that come from California which she said is rare. Hertz wouldn't guarantee a Subie wagon so this was my best bet. Plus my local car insurance covers rental SUVs which is nice. I get a corporate discount at Avis, the SUV with all taxes etc should come to $454US for 7 days unlimited mileage.

If we show up and it's not 4x4 I will just cancel and get a FWD car.
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