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You Can Now Rent Hertz Cars in Europe with a Debit Card—but Should You?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2019, 11:45 AM

Rental car company Hertz and the two brands under its corporate umbrella—Dollar and Thrifty—have begun accepting debit cards as a payment option for car rentals in Europe.  Previously, a credit card was required, but that is no longer the case at Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty locations in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, mainland Spain, and ...

The Airbnb of Rental Cars Comes to L.A.

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2017, 4:00 AM

A car-sharing service aimed at travelers has come to Los Angeles. With TravelCar, which originated in France in 2012 and has since expanded to 30 countries, users get free parking at LAX, in exchange for letting out-of-towners rent their cars while they're away. The vehicle's owner is paid for every mile driven, and parking is still free even if nobody rents the car (and yes, it's insu...

Safety Harness for Buckling Up Dogs on Car Trips

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/24/2017, 5:00 AM

Your mental picture of a dog in a car likely involves a canine head sticking out of a passenger window—jowls flapping, tongue lolling, and drool flying.  But in the event of a sudden stop or auto accident, an unrestrained pet is in as much danger as a human rider not wearing a seat belt.  One solution is to keep the animal in a travel crate. But members of the four-legged community are...

Why Las Vegas is Now Gearhead Heaven

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/24/2016, 9:00 PM

Everyone knows Las Vegas as a place to gamble, hear a concert, writhe at a nightclub or get hitched in a quickie ceremony officiated by “Elvis”. But in the last decade or so, it’s also become a major destination for gearheads….and the friends and family who put up with them. Speed is the primary lure. Vegas is a city that celebrates the “vroom vroom” impulse at several different venues, th...

Car Rentals Through Firefly, a New Brand, are Dramatically Cheaper than Others, So What's the Catch?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/03/2013, 4:00 PM

Firefly, a discount car rental brand, begins arriving at American airports this month. You might think it's a new competitor. As it turns out, everything about it is older than you think. Hertz created Firefly, a lower-priced offshoot, in Europe last spring, in part to fill the price gap that was left when it sold off the Advantage car rental brand. Now there are 40-odd locations there, in...

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