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Thread: Memorial Day Weekend Rental Car Special

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    Thumbs down Memorial Day Weekend Rental Car Special

    I have been toying with the idea of using a cheap rental car for my next trip to Montreal and leaving my German-made masterpiece of automotive engineering at home, as it is racking up too many miles with all my business and personal trips. So I went to the local Enterprise Rental Car outlet and was advised they are running a Memorial Day weekend special as follows:

    For $120(USD): Pick up your car Friday morning May 25, return it Tuesday May 29, unlimited mileage. Total 4 days unlimited mileage, $120.

    Extra day: Add $30

    I am very seriously considering taking Enterprise up on this offer. They will probably give me a cheap Hyundai or some similar piece of shit vehicle, but who cares, especially if I have to subject it to the vagaries and confusion of Montreal street parking.

    NOTE: THE RATE QUOTED ABOVE IS FOR MY AREA OF CONNECTICUT, AND ENTERPRISE MAY BE AND PROBABLY IS OFFERING EVEN CHEAPER RATES IN YOUR AREA
    Last edited by EagerBeaver; 05-12-2007 at 11:45 AM.

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    EB let me be one of the first to congratulate you on 4000.
    Those weekend deals with unlimited KM's are great. I've left my vehicle at home and rented them when I wanted to go places that would pound the crap out of old betsy. I remember the look on the clerk's face one long weekend when I clocked 3100KM.(about 1800mi). Watch out for the insurance fee. It can run as much as the daily fees. If you have a gold card you can get free basic coverage (although not full coverage.)
    If you rent at an airport location on the weekend you might get a nicer vehicle as their business clientele aren't around.
    Last edited by Turbodick; 05-12-2007 at 11:48 AM.

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    You didnt specify what kind of cars?

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    Turbodick,

    My post was primarily aimed at Americans, although I am sure the deal is probably being offered to Canadians as well. We have private insurance here, not government insurance, and if you use your own insurance there is no extra fee. They do offer additional optional insurance coverage, which I don't take because I am already well covered. So the rate would likely be as set forth above unless you take additional insurance coverage.
    Last edited by EagerBeaver; 05-12-2007 at 12:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by master_bates
    You didnt specify what kind of cars?
    Master bates,

    This would be the basic cheap economy car which is what I asked about. They are not going to give you a Lamborghini at those rates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver
    I am already well covered.
    I've always wanted to know, in the US, what is "well covered"?

    In Quebec, we are forced to take private liability insurance. We also have the no-fault government insurance which everyone is covered by which is so all encompassing, it is stupid but that is another topic. I believe that the minimum liability insurance in Quebec is $500,000.00 Canadian. When my insurance renews, I normally always renew at $1,000,000 Canadian (even though they offered me $2,000,000 Canadian a few times).

    This liability insurance goes with the driver and not with the car so if the driver rents a car, he/she is still covered. When I rent a car in the US, I normally add another $1,000,000 US offered by the rental company. Is this sufficient (or too much)?

    I'm not worried by the possible damage to the car since not only does my private car insurance covers car rentals but the credit card that I normally use to rent cars also covers damage to the car (for the types of cars that I rent which are normally mid-sized non-luxurious).

    The reason I add another $1,000,000 US when I rent a car and drive in the US is that we all know that in the US, you can get sued over anything/everything and $1,000,000 Canadian is just chump change when someone normally gets sued in the US

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimace
    I've always wanted to know, in the US, what is "well covered"?
    jimace,

    The answer to this question is going to vary depending on an individual's personal assets reachable through the enforcement of a judgment in a civil case, and this topic goes way beyond the scope of this thread. In Connecticut we outlawed No Fault insurance in 1994 and unlike New York, which has a "serious injury" threshold for personal injury lawsuits arising from motor vehicle accidents, no such threshold exists in Connecticut, meaning you can and will be sued for causing minor soft tissue injuries.

    There is also something called uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage meaning if the injured person has more liability coverage than you, they can exhaust your policy, leave your assets alone and then go after their own insurance company. In Connecticut there is a treatise on this area of law, it is WAY beyond the scope of this thread.

    I did not intend for this thread to become a seminar on insurance coverage issues in the USA, but suffice it to say most of the concerns you voiced in your post are very valid concerns. The answer to your question above depends on your net worth and personal assets that could be reached via a lawsuit and a judgment entering against you.
    Last edited by EagerBeaver; 05-12-2007 at 12:35 PM.

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    EB,

    I bet you can do better than $30/day if you go on PL. Come on dude, you're a PL power user...
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    Quote Originally Posted by picasso
    EB,

    I bet you can do better than $30/day if you go on PL. Come on dude, you're a PL power user...
    Priceline offered $64 a day on the same dates in my area - over twice as much as the Enterprise special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EagerBeaver
    Priceline offered $64 a day on the same dates in my area - over twice as much as the Enterprise special.
    OK, I don't know where your area is. Just for fun though, I put in Hartford, CT for those same dates and I got rates as low as $21/day for both economy and compact from Thrifty and Enterprise. And this is before you go thru the "name your price" game.
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    Picasso,

    I don't know what search criteria you are using but on Priceline for the dates of May 24-29 I came up with much higher rates. I think the rates you are looking at are weekly rates.

    Also, the Enterprise outlet is near where I live and will pick me up. I really don't want to leave my car in an airport parking lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimace
    ... I believe that the minimum liability insurance in Quebec is $500,000.00 Canadian.
    Nop! Only $50,000! Totally stupid but true!

    Quote Originally Posted by jimace
    ... This liability insurance goes with the driver and not with the car so if the driver rents a car, he/she is still covered.
    Not so, it goes with the car, unless your personal car insurance have the "21 clause" in Quebec, ensuring you're insured for rental cars.

    Quote Originally Posted by jimace
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    The reason I add another $1,000,000 US when I rent a car and drive in the US is that we all know that in the US, you can get sued over anything/everything and $1,000,000 Canadian is just chump change when someone normally gets sued in the US
    Even in Canada, having below $1,000,000 is stupid. The difference in premium is minimal.
    When I go to USA on my own (not corporate), I take whatever insurance they offer, to the maximum. On company business, all is covered by the company's policy.

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    EB - check with your insurance provider for discounts. I have GEICO and they gave me a free upgrade at Enterprise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metoo4
    Not so, it goes with the car, unless your personal car insurance have the "21 clause" in Quebec, ensuring you're insured for rental cars.
    Thanks for the clarification. I wasn't sure about this. All I know is that with the 2 insurance companies that I've used, it has always been included in my premiums/contract.

    Quote Originally Posted by metoo4
    Even in Canada, having below $1,000,000 is stupid. The difference in premium is minimal.
    I agree with you on this and this is why I always take $1,000,000 (although I have considered 2 million since the quotes that I've received, it is actually negligible). The only thing is that Canadians are far less likely to sue over stupidities like they sue over in the US. Also, when Canadians sue, the judgment is always ALOT lower than what judgments are in the US.

    When I went to Dulles/Washington DC on business and watched television, almost all the commericials were from personal injury lawyers. In Canada, these types of commercials are very rare. After watching these commercials for a few days, I finally realized why in the US lawyers have a reputation of being "ambulance chasers".
    Last edited by jacep; 05-12-2007 at 06:49 PM.

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    You should check to see if the auto rental rate allows you to travel into Canada. I know my local Enterprise Rent-A-Car does not (Boston area).
    It would suck having something happen and finding out later you were liable for whatever.

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