So, yours truly finds himself heading to California on Business for this upcoming weekend. He thinks to himself, Self, I’ll rent me a car. Fine corporations such as Alamo/National, Avis, Hertz, etc. make available their offers at $20-$25 a day plus the various taxes for the four days off of LAX. Sweet.
Boss lady rings me down, says, JRD, go ahead and take a couple extra days off, it’s gonna be a dead week back here anyway. I says to self, Self, let’s make it so that last day we drive 'cross the desert to Vegas. How bad can the drop off fee be?
The various corporations make available their offers… hey, this is odd… no drop-off fee quoted anywhere… but what is this…
HUH??? Rental rate is now $110-$120 a day PLUS the various taxes, for the four days.
:eek: … the Hell you say???
Goddamn! You mean it’s a $360 drop-off fee prorrated over 4 days?
Little bit of research and guess what…?
Take a car in LA (or Vegas) and return it to the same place for the first three days and some hours… and it’s still $20/25 a day + taxes.
BUT…one minute after returning the first car, you can rent another car in LAX and drive it to Vegas the last 10 hours… and IT is $110-$120 +T for THE ONE DAY!!!
See what just happenned? Does that mean the profitable price for a repositioning is really only $90? But they charge it for EVERY DAY of the contract? Man, they’re REALLY having an inventory-in-the-wrong-places problem this season, or what?
:mad: Fuckers!! Twice! Once for NOT itemizing the drop-off charge, Twice for takign advantageof the non-itemization to be able to excuse quintupling the price for EVERY SINGLE DAY of the one-way rental.
I asked my brother and he reports he got the same ripping when he tried to one-way it from Maryland to Florida. FIVE TIMES the daily rate, regardless of how many days, rather than quoting a straight reloc fee. gah.
All I can say is that I’m sure the business models work beautifully in order to come up with this scheme. The management can just cram their business models up their rectums for all I care.