Weekly Car Rental News Roundup

Our Weekly Car Rental and Car Hire News Roundup is out for this Monday, March 14th 2016. This week's headlines:

► Running the Car Rental Agreement Gantlet. ► Under the microscope: daily rental charges. ► Hertz Global Holdings Appoints Robert Barton as Senior Vice President, Global Franchise Operations. ► These are the most complained-about companies - and here’s what we do with them. ► Lucky driver escapes Lincoln speeding fine - because his hire car was 140 MILES away. ► Travel Agents Reveal Early 2016’s Hottest Destinations. ► Pipe bombs found in stolen vehicle in Phoenix traffic stop. ► New Free Car Rental Service WaiveCar Arrives In California. ► Google's New Mobile Tool Lets You Compare Destinations by Price. ► Avis agent saves passenger's life at Jacksonville International Airport. ► 4 things to know when renting a car with a debit card. ► Fly into Florida and drive home with a deal. ► 7 Tips to Maximize a Short Trip. ► Fancy a Porsche or Harley Davidsons? You can rent them now in Hyderabad India! ► Saudi Arabian citizens cry foul as car rental prices shoot up. ► Kill It With Tech: 8 Tools To Rid Your Travels Of Jet Lag. ► No Class Cert in Dollar Rental Car Add-On Class Action. ► New reviews for Silvercar at Austin Bergstom International Airport in Texas, Avis at Moorea in French Polynesia, Budget in Eindhoven Netherlands, Avis at Tel Aviv Airport in Israel, Budget at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida, Budget at Montevideo Carrasco International Airport in Uruguay, Goldcar at Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport in Italy and many more.

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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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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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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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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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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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Avis Canada Takes Delivery Of New Vehicles For Summer

Avis announced last week that they have started taking delivery of a bunch of new cars ready for summer rentals. The new fleet will be available from BC to Newfoundland and everywhere in between. 

The cars are brand new off the truck and ready to take renters on their next travel adventure. Here are just a few of the new options that Avis have available to rent.

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Hertz Ends Exclusive Ryanair Partnership Effective Immediately

Ryanair announced this morning of notification by Hertz that their exclusive partnership to provide car rental services to Ryanair customers was being terminated effective immediately (12:00pm GMT July 2nd). The screenshot above shows the message that Ryanair customers who try to book a car through their website are seeing as of now. 

Hertz is blaming breach of contract due to Ryanair's agreement with GDS distribution companies which Ryanair says has been in place since April 2014.

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