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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

I'm trying to rent an SUV for my Utah trip, but none of the rental comapnies will committ to 4WD.  They all offer various SUVs, but they never inclde 4WD as one "features" of the car.  HOw can I be sure of getting a 4WD rental?

 

john 

post #2 of 24

Rent a vehicle that only comes 4wd like a Outback, Tahoe, Explorer etc.

post #3 of 24

That is a good theory, we've rented from Hertz and they won't guarantee a particular make of vehicle, they apparently can't even tell me whether SLC rent Subarus!

 

 

post #4 of 24

SLC does rent Subaru's!  Call them and ask what class vehicle does their Subaru and trucks fall under.  Each time my friends and I have gone out it has been no problem getting an all wheel drive or 4 wheel drive vehicle but I think we had to choose mid size or above to get them.  I always called and requested and they were fine.

post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 

None of the national rental companies will commit to a particular car.  It's always a "Ford Explorer or similar," and the features of the cars never mention 4WD.  Do rental companies typically have 2WD SUVs? Is there a local company I can rent from?  I've never rented an SUV before so I'm not sure what tp expect.

 

john

 

post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by crystal View Post

 

That is a good theory, we've rented from Hertz and they won't guarantee a particular make of vehicle, they apparently can't even tell me whether SLC rent Subarus!

 

 


 

Hertz WILL reserve your requested car. Go on their site and pick one. Always works for me.

post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by jdowling View Post

 

None of the national rental companies will commit to a particular car.  It's always a "Ford Explorer or similar," and the features of the cars never mention 4WD.  Do rental companies typically have 2WD SUVs? Is there a local company I can rent from?  I've never rented an SUV before so I'm not sure what tp expect.

 

john

 

Does a 2WD SUV actually exist???
 

post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by at_nyc View Post

 

Does a 2WD SUV actually exist???
 


 

Way too many. 

 

Here's the deal, though: call the LOCAL Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, whatever rental place number at the SLC airport.  They can confirm for you that their SUV fleet all have 4wd or AWD.  Hertz at SLC definitely rents Subaru Outbacks, as do all of the other major rental chains. 

 

Anyway, have fun. Drive safely.

post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

 


 

Hertz WILL reserve your requested car. Go on their site and pick one. Always works for me.

 

hertz was the same as all the others.  All the cars are reserved by class, not actual vehicle, except the Lincoln Navigator 4WD, which was both expensive and not available.

 

john

post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by jdowling View Post

 

 

hertz was the same as all the others.  All the cars are reserved by class, not actual vehicle, except the Lincoln Navigator 4WD, which was both expensive and not available.

 

john

 
 
The Hertz Fun Collection® includes a unique blend of convertibles, coupes, and SUVs. Fun Collection vehicles have guaranteed make and model reservation*, so you know the car you book is the one you'll be driving away in. 
 
Restrictions apply.  Not all vehicles available at all locations. Collection models are subject to change without notice.
 
 
*Make and Model-reservable: The make and model reserved is the make and model rented.
 
 
From the web site. I do this almost every week. Reserve the actual car you want, and that's what you get.


 

post #11 of 24

I recently rented an SUV from Alamo at SLC (via Hotwire).  Got an excellent deal and I called the local Alamo to assure that their SUVs were 4WD/AWD.  They confirmed they were.  We ended up with a Chevy Traverse that drove great and did well getting up and down the snowy road at Powder Mountain.

post #12 of 24

I can't imagine they would rent you a 2WD, this is SLC after all, and all the other renters are in the same boat as you.  I used to be able to rent a Subaru Outback from the Hertz site, but I can't figure out how to do it anymore.  I don't think the other companies rent Outbacks.  The Outback is a good bargain!

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee View Post

 

I can't imagine they would rent you a 2WD, this is SLC after all, and all the other renters are in the same boat as you.  I used to be able to rent a Subaru Outback from the Hertz site, but I can't figure out how to do it anymore.  I don't think the other companies rent Outbacks.  The Outback is a good bargain!


 

The rental rates can be very funcky, depending on a bunch of wacky factors.

 

I was going to get a RAV4 to save some gas, but on a 5 day rental they wanted about $250 more than an GM full size, apparently because other people had the same idea and the demand was high. Sometimes it's worth it to check into larger cars and get a better deal.

post #14 of 24

 is it necessary to have 4wd? I'll be in Park City next week and it's WAY cheaper to get a normal vehicle versus an SUV.  Will a car make it unless there's a ton of snow?

post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by smd7 View Post

 

 is it necessary to have 4wd? I'll be in Park City next week and it's WAY cheaper to get a normal vehicle versus an SUV.  Will a car make it unless there's a ton of snow?

Park City is an easy drive, but we are staying in SLC and will drive up Little Cottonwood every day. 

 

john

post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 

I never found that Fum Collection, bit I got a 4WD from local SLC company, and it was cheaper than the national companies.

 

john

post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by smd7 View Post

 

 is it necessary to have 4wd? I'll be in Park City next week and it's WAY cheaper to get a normal vehicle versus an SUV.  Will a car make it unless there's a ton of snow?


 

If you're going up the Cottonwoods they usually require either 4wd or chains if it's snowing.

post #18 of 24

Cottonwoods doesn't include Park City, right? I should be fine with a normal car? 

post #19 of 24

you are fine with a 2WD drive in PC unless a huge storm is coming in.  There are 3 resorts in PC, the Cottonwood Canyons resorts are almost an hour away and when it snows you need a 4WD to get up the road, if that happens you can just ski at a PC resort. 

post #20 of 24

If you rent a 2WD do they give you chains or can you rent them or something? I am gonna be there next week did not think about the friggin road conditions! And if the cars can't make it the bus certainly won't. Man I am afraid to even ask what a 4WD vehicle rents for a week!

post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by snofun3 View Post

 


 

Hertz WILL reserve your requested car. Go on their site and pick one. Always works for me.

 

I emailed them to ask this, and this was their reply:

 

The Subaru Forrester is in our group F. I have included below other 
models that are in the same group. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a
specific make and model when reserving your vehicle. We can always note
your preference on your reservation.
post #22 of 24

As a UK skier who has skied the US quite a lot in recent years....

 

Whenever we rent a car from a UK site we get the choice of a 4x4 - the cost is more than double that of a basic model but in the past we have tried to get by with a 2WD and if it dumps big-time you then need chains. The rental companies will not supply them and that means buying them - we spent $100 on a set the first time we skied Tahoe, never used them and had to leave them in the trunk when we left for home. We always go for the 4WD option these days, it makes sense to. 

post #23 of 24

I see this is an old thread, but I'd like to point out we guarantee what model of car you will receive, and all our rentals are 4WD.

 

We are based in Park City, but are happy to deliver to SLC free of charge.

post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by ParkCity4WD View Post
 

I see this is an old thread, but I'd like to point out we guarantee what model of car you will receive, and all our rentals are 4WD.

 

We are based in Park City, but are happy to deliver to SLC free of charge.

PM me a link to your webpage, PC4WD.

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