Renting a Car in Florida
TRAVELLERS USA NOTEBOOKs parent company, Topquark, is dedicated to delight,
edge and chaos...perhaps thats why travelling feels like home to us.
And it is getting harder to believe in cosmic order these days, especially after seeing
all the recent photographs coming down from the Hubble Space telescope, terrifying scenes
of galaxies moshing and gobbling up little baby star systems.
No comforting cosmic order seems to be around when youre shopping for a good
rental car deal, either. Fortunately for tourists, there is nothing logical about the
coo-coo, up and down, bobbling prices of car rentals from week to week.
So before setting out, we check out the odd, often delicious last-minute deals on plane
tickets, hotels and car rentals at www.webflyer.com . Always go there first.
Skinny pickings? We often end up at Travelocity next, to get big lists of hotels, car
rentals, plane tix, etc, and a full overview of what things are costing that week, at
But Travelocity can let you down, big-time, if you book on the Internet, and you can
still be stranded at the airport with no wheels available. And the big companies--- Avis,
Hertz, National, Dollar, Payless, etc., even if they had a car for you, would cost you
between up to $800 a week. Thats what happened to this reporter.
When I landed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Holiday Rent A Car told me I could just go
swivel..No cars available. They would not honour my reservation. No help, no referrals,
ideas, nada. Spooky.
Fortunately, we crashed into a honey of a car company, with fantastic deals and
warm-hearted, first-rate employees and the cheapest rates of all.
By luck I had brought my Travelocity page printout and I called their "vehicle
provider", Continental RAC at 954 524 0054. And begged. A woman named Mildred sent
the shuttle for me and managed to "squeeze out" one car. The staff are superbly
caring...and I got a spiffing white whale of a drivin machine, a Nissan Sentra, with
only 25 miles on the clock and all the bells and whistles. Why are these people more
sensitive, generous and caring, giving a myriad of little extras and friendly, personal,
customer service? No say, amigo. But whatever you do, dont pop $800 for a stinky Geo
from the big name car renters. Call Continental RAC yourself and see or go to their
website at www.autorent.com , but just to play it safe, its best to phone as well:
To rent a car in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Tel. 954-764-1008 Fax: 954-463-5823