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The Cost Of Every Toll Road In Europe And The US

Have you ever had to travel to another state or country and wondered if there were toll roads that you had to use and what they were going to cost? Here is a perfect solution from Sixt Rent a Car.

Sixt have developed a super cool tool to help. The interactive infographic below lets you find the cost of tolls for every road, bridge, tunnel, vignette and congestion charge in the US and Europe. Every US state that has toll roads as well as every country in Europe including Russia and Kazakhstan are covered in the really quite amazing tool.

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Silvercar Compared with Avis and Hertz - 20 Big Differences

Have you heard of Silvercar? Wondered what sets them apart from traditional car rental companies?

Silvercar has set out to disrupt traditional car rental in the US. They tag themselves as “The World’s First Hassle-Free Car Rental Company”. Also “Car Rental the way it should be” and, a bit blunt but straight to the point, “Car Rental that doesn’t suck”.

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Hertz Leader Named to the OUTstanding & Financial Times Top 100 Leading LGBT Executives List

Brian Casebolt, Vice President of Merchandising and Ancillary Revenue at Hertz has been named at number 85 on a list of the 'Top 100 Leading LGBT Executives' globally.

The list is compiled by OUTstanding, a not-for-profit professional network for LGBT executives and their allies and published in association with the UK-based Financial Times.

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Renting under the age of 25

The situation for young drivers isn't as restrictive as it was even a few years ago when most major car rental companies didn't allow anyone under 25 to rent. These days drivers age 21 to 24 are permitted to rent at most locations operated by Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty subject to additional fees, requirements and restrictions.

In most cases these drivers are required to pay a daily surcharge that can vary by company and location. Additionally, restrictions generally apply to the categories of cars that young drivers are permitted to rent. Typically high passenger vehicles and luxury cars are off limits, however, some companies and locations will allow these vehicles to be rented for an additional fee.

Drivers ages 18 to 21 are generally unable to rent from most companies and locations. In the United States, New York and Michigan state laws require agencies to rent to drivers ages 18 and older. However, hefty fees and restrictions apply. There are other countries and companies that allow younger drivers but again there are usually additional costs and restrictions involved.

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Finally! US House Passes Car Rental Recall Bill

Lawmakers in the US might finally after years of back and forth, pass legislation requiring car rental companies to repair cars subject to a safety recall before they rent them out.

Numerous attempts to pass laws about this have failed previously. 

The first was named the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2011. It failed to make the cut in a massive transportation bill that was approved in 2012 before it was re-introduced in May of 2013. It came about following the deaths of Raechel and Jacqueline Houck in a 2004 wreck.

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Lowest Gas Prices In A Decade For Labor Day Road Trippers

More than 30 million road trippers will enjoy the lowest gas prices in more than a decade when they hit the highway on this Labor Day long weekend.

It's estimated that 35.5 million US travelers will venture 50 or more miles from home this weekend. The traditional end of summer holiday weekend will see 2.6 million people flying (some of which will rent a car on arrival to continue to their final destination), 2.4 million taking a train, bus or a cruise and the rest hitting the road. This will be the highest number of Labor Day travelers since 2008 and a 1% increase from last year.

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Hertz Dream Cars - What, Where and How Much Are They?

Hertz announced this week that they have added the Porsche Macan Turbo to the range of high-performance luxury options in their Dream CarsTM fleet.

Available from a number of major cities and airports in the US, Hertz customers have the opportunity to experience iconic cars and premium service when renting from the Dream CarsTM collection. 

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Hertz Just Made Keeping Fuel Receipts Compulsory

Starting today, Hertz have introduced a new fuel policy for renters who travel less than 75 miles in total during their rental at certain locations in the US (the locations have not been disclosed that I can find).

In an email sent to Hertz Gold Club members, the new policy states:

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Sixt Car Rental Expands In The US

Sixt, among the oldest car rental companies having had its start in 1912, is making the move to North America. Sixt along with its franchises and partners successfully operates in more than 100 countries with over 1,000 locations.

Based in Germany, Sixt began its American expansion in Miami and has since opened locations in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa Florida, Atlanta Georgia, Seattle Washington, Phoenix Arizona, Las Vegas Nevada, Hartford and West Haven in Connecticut, Charlotte North Carolina, Myrtle Beach South Carolina and Springfield Massachusetts.

The move into the American market is part of Sixt’s long term plan for global expansion.  Now that Sixt has a strong hold in the European market and is widely recognized in South America and China as well as Australia and South Africa, it can count on name recognition and business from international travelers. With a focus on airport locations, Sixt is actively looking to open franchises in the United States and Canada. By relying on the local business owner, franchises will allow Sixt to successfully operate in many smaller locations in the U.S.

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Hertz Launches Firefly Brand In The US

Firefly is a car rental brand owned by Hertz with a focus on the budget conscious consumer. Hertz was temporarily out of this sector after selling Advantage Rent-A-Car in 2012. Hertz will use Firefly to fill this void and provide consumers with a more affordable option in car rentals. Firefly will compete with other budget car rental brands including Avis’s Payless, Fox Rent-A-Car, and Advantage.

Firefly debuted earlier this year in Europe (currently operating 40 European locations in the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, and Italy)  and is now working to open twenty locations in US cities.

Firefly opened in Orlando this September followed by locations at select airports including Denver, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Honolulu, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Tampa. Firefly is slated to open their Minneapolis-Saint Paul and Cancun locations in December, followed by West Palm Beach in January. Firefly’s website provides comprehensive directions for locating their offices from each  of these airports.

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Enterprise Hiring 8,500 College Grads In Coming Year And 1,500 Interns

“Promote from Within” Philosophy Drives Continuing Need for Thousands of New Management Trainees and Interns

ST. LOUIS (October 2, 2013) – Enterprise Holdingsplans to hire thousands of college-educated, career-oriented men and women in the coming year. The company will hire nearly 8,500 college graduates and more than 1,500 interns into its Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Training program and Management Internship program, respectively. Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the largest fleet of vehicles in the world through a global network of more than 8,200 airport and neighborhood locations under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.

In addition, other full-time time opportunities such as positions in information technology, accounting, administration and support roles, are also available through the company at both regional offices and at the corporate offices in St. Louis, Mo. Overall, Enterprise Holdings will hire more than 11,000 full-time employees this year, including its 8,500 new management trainees.

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Avis Invites Customers To Get Behind The Wheel Of New 2014 Fleet

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Oct. 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avis Car Rental today unveiled its model-year 2014 vehicle roster, which will soon be available at Avis locations across the United States.

"We take great pride in operating a young fleet that is structured to meet the various rental needs of travelers and those in need of temporary ground transportation. In fact, it's part of our commitment to 'put the customer first,'" said Tom Gartland, president, North America. "We're pleased to unveil our 2014 fleet and look forward to serving renters at Avis local market locations and airport destinations across the country."

The Avis 2014 lineup features new Chevrolet, Kia, Infiniti, Subaru and Volkswagen vehicles as well as makes and models from other automobile manufacturers, including:

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Hertz Introduces The All-Electric Tesla Model S To Expanding U.S. Dream Cars

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest general use airport car rental brand, today announced the expansion of its Dream Cars with the introduction of the all-electric Tesla Model S in the U.S. With the expansion, consumers in select markets are now able to rent both the Tesla Model S and Tesla Roadster, along with a variety of other high-end performance vehicles, from Ferrari to Lamborghini to Porsche and Mercedes Benz, offered in Hertz's Dream Cars, a line of ultra-high-end performance vehicles that redefine the premium car rental experience.

"Customer and industry support for Hertz's Dream Cars has been overwhelming, so adding the Tesla Model S to the already outstanding fleet was an easy choice," said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. "The ability to offer a truly unique driving experience to Hertz customers is a thrill, and the addition of this vehicle shows the passion we have in offering the best and most diverse fleet to our customers."

The Tesla Model S will be available in California – at San Francisco and Los Angeles airports -- and are the 85kWh model, capable of 265 miles on one charge. The all electric, zero emissions car can go 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The Tesla Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. The Tesla Model S was named Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year [R] and received Consumer Reports highest score ever given to a car as well as NHTSA's 5-star safety rating.

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Orlando International Airport and Car Rental Guide

Orlando International Airport (MCO), located six miles southeast of Orlando, is sunny Florida’s second busiest airport. Both Southwest and JetBlue use Orlando as a focus city. International flights to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America frequently depart MCO. Lufthansa runs daily flights through Orlando to Frankfurt, Germany; and Virgin Atlantic and British Airways have multiple daily flights from the UK.

Located in Central Florida and dubbed “The City Beautiful”, Orlando is a major tourist destination. Orlando offers over-the-top theme parks including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, Legoland and Sea World. Over 50 million people visit Orlando’s tourist attractions each year. Within about an hour’s drive, travelers can take in the sun and sand at Florida’s Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, or Canaveral National Seashore.

The layout of Orlando International Airport includes a centrally located main terminal building divided into Terminal A and Terminal B. There are four airside concourses which surround the main terminal in a hub and spoke design.

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Boston Airport Has New Rental Car Options And Added Convenience

A new era begins for car rental operations at Boston's Logan Airport at midnight tonight when a new $310 million Consolidated Rental Car facility (knows as Conrac) will officially begin operation.

9 Car Rental companies will operate out of the 120,000 square foot customer service center and 4 level garage. Thrifty and Advantage are the new additions to the original 7 brands that have served the airport until now.

The 9 companies now operating from Boston Logan are:

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