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drobert360

The aging car rental fleet

by drobert360 »

These look in perfect shape ... I wonder what they are worth in an auction?

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GarryRF

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by GarryRF »

Boyz Toyz Heaven !!

Threatened to leave me there 'cos I wouldn't get back in the Minivan.

They call these cars "Frankensteins" because they have donor parts from so many other scrappers !

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drfumblefinger

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Amazing!  Like stepping back in time some 50 years!  Shades of the movie, "American Graffiti" which helped launch George Lucas to fame.

Thanks for sharing these, Garry!

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GarryRF

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by GarryRF »

It is like stepping back in time when you see them driving on the roads Doc.

But as Paul says its enough reason to go.

Makes up for the awful Food......

 

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GarryRF

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by GarryRF »

I wrote a comment about how the age of Rental Cars depends on the Airport I arrive at in the US.

And how I always pre book a tiny car - because they never have one.

It's VANISHED !!

Maybe the the Delete Button has become mightier than the Pen that wrote it !

We live in strange times.

 

 

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billiv

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by billiv »

I'm reviving this old thread to share a rental story--triggered by Dr. Fumblefinger's comment about rental cars being "driven hard." 

I learned to drive using manual transmission, and only owned manual transmission cars for many years.  But about 30 years ago I discovered the joy of automatic transmission driving, especially in congested and mountainous areas.  So I hadn't driven a manual transmission vehicle for a good 25 years when we decided on a road trip through far western Germany and Benelux.

I decided to save some money by renting a manual transmission vehicle instead of my usual practice of paying the extra $ for automatic.  It's like riding a bicycle, right?  You never forget how, you just need to get on and in a few minutes all is well.

NOT!  By the time I returned that car in Amsterdam, I am certain that it needed a full transmission job.  I wasn't terrible at shifting, but after such a long period not doing it, I kept forgetting that I needed to.  And when we did hit areas of traffic congestion, my poor left leg got really tired of using the clutch, when I did remember to do so.

Well, I did find out that I can do it if some sort of emergency required it, so that was an accomplishment. But that was the last time if I have a choice..

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PHeymont

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by PHeymont »

I know exactly how you feel. I actually learned on an old Dodge "semi-automatic" and then relearned on a VW bug...and then didn't drive a stick shift for 20-something years. On a 1988 trip in Germany my wife knew I was having trouble because I'm very good at parallel parking...but went all to pieces trying it while re-learning the stick! I, too, am a member of the "emergency-only" brigade.

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billiv

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Ah, the travel memories.  In Delft, our hotel was along a canal.  Parallel parking was on the side of the canal with no railing or fence of any kind. The street was narrow so you had to parallel park as close to the canal as possible.  Of course, there was one small space available just barely big enough for our stick shift rental car.  I'm grinding gears and going back and forth, when I look over and see a canal tour boat filled with Asian tourists slowly moving by.

They were all looking at me, pointing, commenting, cameras clicking.  I think they wanted to be ready to take an award-winning picture when I backed the car over the edge and into the canal.  Fortunately, I did manage to get it parked.

Of course, when we checked in and I told the clerk where I had parked, she informed me that it's only a 1-hour parking area without a city permit.  So I had to move the car to the hotel parking lot--a facility not mentioned on their website and without any signage from the street!

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