So, I'm flying to a few different spots this season, and my first trip is to Portland. I was talking to the GM at one of the hotels by Mt. Hood, and she was saying they were just getting absolutely dumped with snow, had a foot in the last couple days, snow higher than her office window, blah blah blah.
I'm thinking it'd be ludicrous to drive around up there without awd, 4wd, snow tires, or chains this early December.
So calling about every company around the airport, I've been told by every single one that:
a) they don't guarantee 4wd/awd, but only a class, but they said it's only a 50/50 shot of getting awd (even at Portland!!!)
b) they usually only have all-seasons, even on their suv's (are you kidding me?!)
c) their policies don't allow renters to use snow chains
To top it off, the SUV class costs a fortune to rent! Don't they know what Subarus are?
I'd hate to show up there, see it dumping snow outside, and get stuck in Portland with some car that's impracticle for these sweet La Nina conditions.
What's my best option here? Apparently, with these big box rental companies, it appears to make no difference whether they're in Miami or Seattle, because they seem to have the same crappy fleet cars. Do they not realize that different locations just might have different needs? Getting slightly annoyed here.