5 Coolest Cars You Can Rent

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If you want to live the baller life, your ride should reflect your aspirations. What makes a car cool though? Is it timeless and sexy good looks, cutting edge technology, or ultra-high performance? We think it’s all of these features and then some. We think that a cool car can be defined as something that has influenced our thinking and attitude.  A car acts as a self extension of oneself and lifestyle. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more to have a cooler car than your standard Toyota Corolla, check out the top 5 coolest rental cars available.

 

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

mercedes 300sl The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer convertibles and fastest production car of its day. Internally numbered W198, it was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors and later offered as an open roadster. Although, the SL’s poor brakes and unstable chassis earned it the unfortunate “widowmaker” nickname, it is still the sexiest coupe ever. If you are looking for style over safety, look no further.

 

 

Bugatti Veyron

i woke up in a new bugatti The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engine sports car, designed and developed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in Molsheim, France by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The Super Sport version of the Veyron is the fastest street-legal production car in the world, it is the fastest, most powerful, most expensive production car ever built. This ultimate feat of engineering ends here with 16 cylinders, 8 liters, four turbos, and a top speed of 261mph.  I woke up in a new Bugatti!

 

Porsche Panamera

porsche panamera The Porsche Panamera is a high-performance luxury sedan that combines speed, comfort, and space that few competitors can rival. It has a front-engine and rear-wheel drive with four-wheel drive versions also available. The car rides beautifully. The body hunkers down and never floats or rolls, and the grip just keeps coming. The steering is immaculate. The suspension has self-leveling variable air springs, adaptive dampers, and adaptive anti-roll bars. This means it can work no matter how many people are on board, and can be supple on the straights but firm on bends. Dominate the road and your enemies with this bad boy.

 

Aston Martin DBS

aston martin dbs The Aston Martin DBS is a GT car produced by the British manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Limited. The DBS was featured in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Leather-trimmed gear paddles in a striking Spicy Red finish ensure the DBS Ultimate experience continues to the fingertips. Who wouldn’t want to be Pierce Brosnan for a day?

 

 

BMW 528i

bmw 528i The BMW 5-Series is an executive/mid-size luxury car manufactured by German automaker BMW since 1972. The car, now in its sixth generation, is sold in sedan and touring body styles. The BMW 528i is the go to mid-size for the wealthy for a reason. It may take the general shape of, and provide the utility of, a family car, but it still drives with that BMW sportiness. It’s living the fast life at an affordable price.

 

Regardless of what you reason you have to rent luxurious rental cars, know that life is short and you should experience all the pleasures that you can if you are financially able to. To amplify your baller life, car rental insurance is available to guarantee an exorbitant lifestyle.

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5 Easy Summer Travel Tips

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With summer vacations starting and 4th of July around the corner, now is the time to venture out and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. Summer is regarded as the best season to go on vacation. It’s the best time you can spend traveling without having to worry about being in the midst of punishing weather. Vacations are supposed to be a fun and relaxing activity, not a disappointing and exhausting event. Whether you are traveling with your special someone, family, or your friends, you have to be well prepared. The best trips involve careful planning. Here are 5 summer travel tips to kick start your summer vacation plans.

 

1. Destination

What is your ideal vacation spot this summer? When deciding, consider your budget, the number of days of travel, and the number of people you will be traveling with. Collect a summer travel guide and decide your place of interest. Get familiar with the maps and tour books of that area.  The internet has a variety of resources – Fodor’s and Lonely Planet are good starting points.

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2. Accommodation & Prior Reservation

It is always a good idea to plan where you are staying well in advance. This will not only save you money but it also ensures that you get the hotel of your choice for your summer vacation. Booking in advance secures you with comfortable travel dates and often will allow you to be eligible for special offers. It would be an excellent idea to get customer reviews of the hotel and its locality.

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3. Documentation & Monies

Before you plan to travel anywhere within the country or abroad, it is absolutely necessary to collect all needed documents. Carry your travel documents like visa, identification papers, and passport if you are traveling outside the country. Do not forget to carry foreign currency, credit cards, and debit cards. It is very important that you have more than enough money for where you’re going. You don’t want to be stuck in unfamiliar territory because you are short on cash.

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4. Basic Medicines

 Another absolute necessity when traveling for summer is to carry a portable first aid kit with the medicines associated with summer vacations – possible sore throats, diarrhea, summer boils, allergies, cuts, and scrapes. Pack medicines that are part of the family’s daily dose. If you have a history of any illness, carry the health related documents. Enlist your doctor’s number, the local doctor’s number, and the numbers of your emergency contacts.

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5. Shed Extra and Pack Smart

Avoid carrying unnecessary items and pack things that have multiple uses. Always consider the climatic condition of the place you are about to visit and pack your luggage accordingly. When traveling for the summer, it calls for careful preparation. Carry sun-glasses, an umbrella, lightweight cotton or linen clothes, and pleasing pastels. Avoid synthetics and go for sensible footwear like flip-flops or walking shoes. Don’t forget to protect your head by wearing hats, bonnets, or visors if you feel like re-living 1999.

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You will surely have a blast on your summer vacation this year if you’re better prepared and organized. This does not mean that you have to give up on spontaneity. You can still do things that you may not have planned for but if you make a plan, it will be in a safe and responsible manner.  There’s always travel insurance and rental car insurance to protect you and your family in case of emergencies.

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How To Get Cheaper Rental Car Rates

 

rental car lotMany travelers often have the misconception that car rental rates are pretty much the same across all companies. The truth is rates can vary quite a bit between car rental companies and destinations. Car rental deals can be hard to find, especially if you’re only searching in a few places. Here are 4 tips on how you can get cheaper car rental rates:

 

1. Book Early

 

Booking early is a good practice, particularly if you need a car during peak travel seasons. It’s no secret that during the holidays, prices for rental cars can get unpredictably high. It is always a good idea to book early or play around on you rental dates. Like airfare, the further in advance you book, the more money you can end up saving. If seasonality is not an issue, just plan a trip to Detroit.  Their car rental prices are always near rock bottom!

 

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This family saved $5 by booking 3 years in advance

2. Know Your Providers

 

Not all car rental companies are the same. It’s important to understand how each company differs from the other and how they can serve you best. Some of the things to consider when shopping for a company include available car types, locations, and service fees. You need to first consider which of these factors are important to you. For example, if you’re after price, it would mean that you may have to sacrifice luxury. Also, you might be able to score a good deal by going to a rental car place located in the sketchy part of town. If the local title loan stores have wrought iron bars covering their windows, then you know you are in the right area to get a deal!

 

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If the rental car lot doesn't look like this, keep driving

3. Online Rental Deals

 

Search through online travel sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Travelauto, Kayak, and others. These major online agencies often negotiate with various car rental companies to offer competitive rates. To get better pricing, try using flexible dates which allows you to compare the car rental rates of different companies. When appropriate, search for “Flight and Car” together or better yet “Flight, Hotel, and Car,” you’d be surprised with the number of vacation package and bundled discounts that come up on the searches. These can be both compelling and competitively priced. If you are unsatisfied with the quotes given, just give their customer support a call and express your disappointment with pathetic, desperate sobbing and they will surely give you a discount.

 

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I would fight Priceline's William Shatner for a 5% discount

4. Discount Programs, Codes, and Coupons

 

Discount programs are often available through reward programs from various credit card services. Most of them either have miles, points, or discounts that you can earn. Because these companies compete for your business and loyalty, they always have new offers and rewards save you money. You can also find discount codes and coupons online from sites like Retail Me Not. Remember to always check if your coupon is still valid before you attempt to use it, you might be surprised at how quickly a coupon’s expiry date arrives by the time you plan to make your booking. It can be very discouraging to have your coupon code denied, but you should be able to find one if you keep looking hard enough.  If you still can’t find one after 2 hours of searching, just give their customer support a call and receive a discount by expressing your disdain with inconsolable, faint weeping.

 

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The coupon codes have expired

 

So get out there and rent a car! It’ll be fun even if you have nowhere to go. If you’re a reckless driver like myself, I would suggest getting rental car insurance.

 


 

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#OopsAwards – Have a Rental Car Accident Story? Share it for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!

Rental Car Oops Awards

UPDATE 6/20/14: Protect Your Bubble would like to congratulate our winner, Jan Warner, with her “I Didn’t Hit The Grill” story. Congrats, Jan!

 

Oops Story

 

Have you had an “OOPS!” moment with your rental car? Accidents DO happen. Whether you’re on a business trip or a family vacation, rental car accidents can be a painful experience.

 

So share with us your rental car accident story. Perhaps you were on spring break and rear ended a hideous ’98 Chevy Malibu or drifted into a median Fast & Furious style. Whatever the mishap, we want to hear how you damaged your rental car!

 

Share your story about an unforgettable “Rental Car ‘OOPS!’ Story” via the Post Kudos submission form below for the chance to win an iPad Mini. Whichever story gets the most votes wins!

 

Submit Your Story in 4 Easy Steps

 

1) Share your story in the Post Kudos section below (give your story a fun title). The entry has to be in video format either recorded or uploaded below via Post Kudos. Video content is open to your imagination as long as it is a real experience - it can be a video testimonial, a cheesy re-enactment, or an actual recording of the accident. The more creative it is, the better chance you will have to win! Videos must be 30 seconds or less to be eligible for the prize.

 

2) Share this link and encourage people to vote for your story:
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3) Friends, family, and fans of your story will vote below through Rafflecopter. Please input the TITLE of the video you want to vote for.  Furthermore, Facebook likes and Twitter follows add an additional entry each.

 

4) The person with the story with the most votes – by May 31, 2014 – wins an iPad Mini

 

 

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Rental Car Horror Stories

rental car horror storiesBad lodging, getting personal valuables stolen, being sick, or having car troubles – these are all things no tourist wants to deal with while being on vacation.

 

Rental car horror stories commonly involve issues like dubious damage claims, people getting ripped off with insurance, and cars not being ready when you try to collect them. Read on to discover some truly unfortunate rental car horror stories.

 

Comprehensive Insurance Lies

 

Every time you rent a car, you’re faced with the same dilemma: do I get rental car insurance and admit I may wreck this car and that I am a horrible driver, or is this insurance a total rip off that I, don’t need? David Mayes shares his story:

 

During the process of hiring a rental vehicle, I never anticipated I would practically end up paying for the cost of an entire new car! I was offered a complete insurance protection package by a major car rental company, which in the end I decided to take. I chose the option that reduced my excess to a total of $330 simply by paying a bit extra.

 

During my car hire I was involved in a collision that was my fault, even though I was not drunk, drugged or speeding. Thereafter I informed the police, returned the vehicle to the rental depot and paid the excess of $330, believing the rental company would cover me for the rest.

 

Two weeks later I received a letter in the mail, demanding that I pay $10,000 to them and $5000 to the owner of the other vehicle involved in the collision. After further investigation I discovered that the company insurance did not provide me with comprehensive coverage. Although the company personally informed me that I would only have to pay the excess in the event of an accident, I am now indebted to the company for $15,000; not such a cheap rental after all!

 

Source: discovery-carhire.com.au

 

Warrant of Arrest

 

Renting a car shouldn’t be a disastrous experience. It doesn’t often involve two rental cars in a row breaking down. It should definitely not involve one of those cars getting towed by surprise or ending a vacation by nearly getting served with a warrant of arrest. The rental car user ‘autojim’ shares his experience.

 

Car #1 – Back in the days when I was designing/testing cooling systems for a living, I rented a 2000 Taurus from Hertz in Phoenix to use as a support vehicle for a 3-week test trip. Drove it for 3 days, and then it developed a heinous misfire and a CEL, so I swapped it out for another 2000 Taurus the day before we were leaving the confines of the then-Chrysler proving grounds for the road portion of the trip.

 

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This is the face of man who likes to see you struggle.

Car #2 made it 5 days without a hitch. Then, while we were driving from San Diego on I-8, bound for Laughlin, Nevada, with 4 people & luggage aboard, it started losing power. Full throttle was good for about 25 mph on uphill, 35 on downhill. It is acting like the catalytic converter is completely clogged up. Coasted in to the thriving metropolis of Pine Valley, California, population: not many. No cell coverage. Find a place with a pay phone, call Hertz toll-free number. Nearest office is in El Cajon, toll-free operator can’t patch me through. Get a mess of quarters, call them, ask them to call pay phone back. They do. After some discussion (full credit here to the Hertz guys in El Cajon, who were polite as could be), they agree to come get us (me: “Make sure whatever you bring has room for 4 adults + luggage, as I’m not leaving anyone or anything behind.” Them: “[long pause] Oh. I’ll have to get a minivan, then.” “Thank you.”). Hour and a half later, they arrive, pick us up, note location of car at the Frosty Burger, and drive us the hour back to El Cajon. Much paperwork later, we have Car #3 and we’re on our way.

 

Easy, right? Well, no, not really. Because when the Hertz tow truck went back to Pine Valley to get the car, it wasn’t at the Frosty Burger. Which resulted in it being reported stolen. While it was theoretically still in my custody. Frantic phone messages waiting for me once I got into cell phone coverage again 2 days later (Las Vegas). They’re looking to hang the cost of the car on me, plus Car #3 isn’t shown on my account and *it* is on the verge of being reported stolen as well. Got *THAT* sorted out in a hurry. I suggested they talk to the owner/manager of the Frosty Burger in Pine Valley. Calls were made, and, indeed the “abandoned car” was towed to a local gas station/impound yard. Across the street from the Frosty Burger. Visible from where it was parked. Owned by the brother of the Frosty Burger’s owner. Pine Valley isn’t really that big of a town.

 

I was told the good news was that I’d called back before they’d issued a warrant for my arrest. Yeah, no kidding.

 

Source: jalopnik.com

 

Never Got the Rental

 

There are some rental car companies that tend to be a bit shady when it comes to telling you how much everything will cost. $20 a day for a week can quickly become $200. In this case, the rental car company slowly but surely bumped up the price of this couple’s rental. With little money in the bank, user ‘RandomArt’ explains how he and his wife never got the car they needed:

 

My horror story involves never actually ending up with the rental. My wife and I were going through a bit of financial hardship due to lack of work a while back. When the clutch went out in our car, we had to get a rental so my wife can get back and forth to work as she works out of public transit range. The combination of ordering the clutch and having to pay rent and some bills right away had gutted both of our accounts so my father in law had offered to pay for the rental.

 

Of course, it’s never easy to get a straight answer from the rental agency as to how much you need to have in the account to pay for the deposit since neither of us have credit cards. The guy on the phone I talked to from Budget said that we only had to have enough to cover the cost of the car for however long we were going to rent it for, in our case about $160. So, with the money secured and a cheap car reserved, we set out into the summer heat (around 93 degrees plus stifling humidity) for our 3 mile trek to the closest Budget rental location. Keep in mind that my wife has a pretty low tolerance for heat, and we ended up having to stop rather often to rest because of it.

 

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It is said that only 2% of Budget car rental transactions end with a smile.

When we finally got to our destination, the guy (a different guy than who I talked to on the phone) tried to run our card without telling us how much it was being run for, only to have it decline. After it was declined he then told us that the deposit was $250. So, my wife and I left to go transfer some cash into her account so it would clear, which involved walking another half mile to the closest bank. We ended up pooling all of our money into her account to make it over $250 before heading back to Budget.

 

When we got back into the counter at budget, the same guy ran our card again and still declined it. When we asked him why, he said that we needed $255 and refused to run the card again. This set off an argument with me asserting that he had told us that we needed $250 earlier.

 

I ended up storming out a few minutes later with my wife in tears. The temperature had risen a bit for the long trudge home. The whole ordeal ended up making me 2 hours late for my shift at work, because it generally took me about an hour and a half to get to work on public transit.

 

It was my first and last experience with Budget.

 

Source: jalopnik.com

 

Hiring a rental car should be a simple and pleasant experience. It is not a usual occurrence for something to go wrong but when it does go wrong, it can go horribly wrong! Make sure to read over all policies and conditions from car rental companies to ensure you don’t get stuck in an unforgiving predicament.

 


 

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Protect Your Bubble is Proud to be the Presenting Sponsor at the 2013 Party Rock Open

 

Party Rock OpenParty Rock Open, the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit female tennis event, returns to Las Vegas this year at the Darling Tennis Center.  The event will take place September 22 – 29, and Protect Your Bubble is excited to be a part of this fantastic event.

 

Party Rock Open, originally named “Lexus of Las Vegas Open” was founded by Tyler Weekes of Courtthink, LLC. He co-directs the tournament with WTA-certified player agent Jordan Butler.  The tournament began its journey in 2009 changing its name to Party Rock Open came to be when Weekes, taught tennis to Redfoo (Stefan Kendal Gordy), leader of the pop group LMFAO, and after some negotiations, Redfood agreed to have his Party Rock clothing line be the new title sponsor of the event.  The players will compete on hard courts in an outdoor setting in the Darling Center in the heart of Las Vegas. The tournament will feature both singles and doubles events. This year, we’re geared up to see challenging matches guaranteed to keep fans at the edge of their seats.

 

Right now, acceptance sheet shows 20 main draw players, 26 qualifying players and 87 alternates, a few of the players include Alisa Kleybanova (former top 20 player), Camila Giorgi (2013 U.S. Open Rd of 16), Andrea Hlavackova (2013 U.S. Open Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion), and Tamira Paszek (2012 Wimbledon Quarter-Finalist)…just to name a few! Indeed, quite a strong player list for this years’ Party Rock Open tournament.

 

We’re excited to be part of Party Rock Open. If you plan to attend, be sure to look for our sponsor table and come say hello! For more information about Party Rock Open, visit the official website at www.partyrockopen.com. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to receive VIP tickets to the event (that’s a $250 value)!

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Rental Car Insurance for Labor Day Weekend

Labor DayLabor Day is fast approaching, and with this weekend hiatus, we can expect more travelers than last year. AAA forecasted 34.1 million travelers this year, way higher than 2012’s 32.7M*. Traveling by car – especially a rental car – still remains the leading mode of transportation.

Every year, there are still many travelers that overlook rental car insurance until it being offered to them at the car rental facility. You may be asking yourself, “is the necessary?”

 

Here are 2 reasons why you should consider rental car insurance:

 

1. Statistics indicate that a vehicle is stolen in the United States roughly every 28 seconds.** According to the “Holiday Report of 2012”, 1,977 vehicles were reported stolen during labor day.*** Automobile thefts and break-ins are something that no driver wants to experience. Especially if you’re driving a rental car! Rental car insurance protects you from out-of-pocket expenses associated with theft, loss or damage to the vehicle.

 

2. Being uninsured or underinsured when involved in an accident can have significant financial  consequences. In the event you damage property of your hurt someone, you’re liable for the costs for repair and/or treatment. No matter how careful you are with your rental car, accidents do happen. With car rental insurance, you don’t carry this burden alone.

 

Protect Your Bubble ensures you spend your money wisely. With just $7.99 per day for rental car protection premium, you save $25, as compared to the average $35 offered by popular rental car facilities. Whether the rental gets just a minor scratch or is involved with major collision, Protect Your Bubble provides up to $35,000 collision coverage. You get the most from this deal because this rental car insurance plan serves as the primary coverage for your rental car, unlike other plans that make consumers take on the liability of filing under their auto policy first.

 

So what are you waiting for? Pack your suitcases and grab your camera and have a worry-free Labor Day. Safe travels!

 

 

 

*http://newsroom.aaa.com/2013/08/34-1-million-traveling-for-labor-day-says-aaa-highest-since-recession-driven-decline/
**http://tricountycitizen.mihomepaper.com/news/2013-03-31/News/Car_thefts_more_likely_during_certain_times_of_the.html
***https://www.nicb.org/newsroom/news-releases/holiday-theft-report-2012

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The 10 Weirdest Ways People have Damaged their Rental Car

 

Everyday, thousands of people rent vehicles all across the US. At least 99% of the time, everything either goes as planned or if there is an incident, it is usually a minor one. However, there are a few times in which something really weird or unusual happens that damages the rental car.

 

Sometimes it’s how the accident occurs or how the rental agency handles the paperwork. Either way, there have certainly been some weird and unusual stories about how some people have damaged their rental car.If you should become part of the weirdest ways that people have damaged their rental car, then it is important to have rental car insuranceto protect yourself, family and property if the worst should happen. What follows is the top 10 weirdest ways that people have damaged their rental car.10. The First Time is always the One you RememberFor a man who had never had an accident before, his first just happened to be while driving a rental car. In 2012, he had rented a vehicle from Eurocar at the Munich Airport. No sooner did he pull out of the parking space when he hit a pole, scraping up the driver’s side area badly. At least he didn’t have to go far to report the damage.9. Ice Road Runoff 

A young man on his way to his grandmother’s funeral rented a 2010 Mazda 3 to make the trip. Unfortunately, it was February and the slushy roads quickly turned to ice. As he made his way along the road, he was caught in an ice rut that directed his car straight into a snow bank. Although that was bad enough, his vehicle was caught on top of the bank with the wheels spinning. After calling a tow truck, the car was pulled off the embankment and the majority of the damage turned out to be underneath the vehicle, specifically to the windshield wiper fluid and the undercarriage.

 

8. Don’t Let Friends Drive Your Rental

 

This is a lesson for anyone renting a vehicle, if you are going to put the car in your name, then only you should drive it. During the 2010 Spring Break season, a group of people drove down to Miami. Before they got to Miami, one of the passengers insisted that it was his turn to drive. No sooner did he get behind the wheel when he rear-ended in a Subaru. As things turned out, the Subaru didn’t suffer a scratch while the grill of the rental car was smashed in. Unfortunately, the renter of the vehicle received a lifetime ban from the rental company.

 

7. Going Airborne

 

Another interesting story, also from 2010 involved a man who had rented a vehicle for the weekend and was returning it to the rental agency when he lost control of the vehicle. Not only did it go off the road, it went airborne because of the speed. As the car sailed through the air, the driver wondered if anything else could go wrong. Fortunately for him, no one was hurt. However, the story did make the rounds at the rental agency and the man did have to pay for the damage.

 

6. The Hit & Run Note

 

A couple returning to their vehicle saw some damage on the side of the door and this note which was written down on Budget Rent-A-Car stationary.

 

“Hi, my name is Jack. I accidentally hit your car & someone saw me so I’m pretending to right down my details. Sorry, Jack”

 

At the very least, Jack was honest about trying to get away with a hit and run attempt. However, there is little doubt that the rental agency was not too pleased about the damage done to their car as well.

 

5. It Seems Understanding the GPS is Another Matter

 

In March of 2012, a group of Japanese students visiting Australia had some difficulty understanding the GPS system. In fact, they read it the exact opposite way that the GPS maps had displayed. While no one, not even the Japanese students could explain how they could make such a mistake, the result was that they drove their rental car straight into Moreton Bay.

 

4. I’m Sure the Swamp is Lovely This Time of the Year

 

In June, 2011, three women who had rented a Mercedes SUV near Seattle apparently trusted their GPS system a little too much as it directed them to a large boat launch. Apparently content to drive through the “puddle” that was in front of them, they instead plowed their vehicle straight into Mercer Slough. All three got out unharmed, but the car was a total loss.

 

3. Keeping more than Two Eyes on the Road

 

The insurance form of many rental agencies have spaces on them for driver comments for the accidents that occur. There are certainly many interesting comments, but one that involved a minor fender-bender apparently revealed an unusual physical capacity.

 

“The accident happened because I had one eye on the lorry in front, one eye on the pedestrian and the other on the car behind.”

 

2. The Winchester, UK Phenomenon

 

This has happened to more than one rental vehicle. The town of Winchester, UK is a rather tiny village without old, narrow roads that simply do not accommodate wider vehicles such as large vans or trucks. For those who rented these types of vehicles, it may be understandable that they would not know about the narrow roads, save for the fact that Exton, a small nearby village, is dotted with large yellow signs warning drivers about the narrow roads which they apparently never see.

 

1. A World Where Speed Limits are Conditional

 

While this may not be the best rental car accident story, it certainly involved reasoning by the driver that is not common in this day and age. The accident occurred late at night when the driver was speeding through the countryside and lost control of the vehicle, crashing it into an embankment. While no one was hurt, the driver left this as his explanation for the speed he was travelling on his insurance form – “I didn’t think the speed limit applied after midnight.”

 

These are the top 10 weirdest ways people have damaged their rental car. If anything is certain, some of the entries on this list probably have already been topped by other accidents involving rental cars.

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The Top 10 Rental Car Tips That Will Save You Money For Your Next Trip

Renting a vehicle can be a trying experience for those who are not very familiar with the process. However, even those who have rented vehicles before may not be aware of all the options that exist. What follows are 10 simple rental car tips to help you rent the right vehicle at the right price for your needs.

 

1) Expand Your Search Beyond Recognizable Brand Names

While we are all familiar with rental agencies such as Hertz or Avis, there are many independent agencies that have just as sterling reputation but charge less for renting their vehicles. You can start your search at websites such as CarRentals.com for example and find the same vehicles listed from 15% to 30% or more less than from the nationally recognizable brands. This is especially true when searching for larger or luxury vehicles since many of these rental agencies specialize in carrying a certain fleet of cars.

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Got a Rental Car “OOPS!” Story to Share? Submit to Win an iPad Mini

Have you had an “OOPS!” moment during a business trip or vacation with your rental car? Maybe your rental got impounded, booted, scratched, stolen or hit. If so (and you can laugh about it now!) we want to hear about it.

 

Tell us about your “Rental Car ‘OOPS!’ Story” in the comments below for the chance to win an iPad Mini. Whichever story gets the most votes wins!

Submit Your Story in 4 Easy Steps:

  1. Share your story in the comments section of this blog post below (give your story a fun title)
  2. Share this link and encourage people to vote for your story: http://us.protectyourbubble.com/blog/rental-car-oops-story/
  3. Friends, family and fans of your story will vote here through Rafflecoptor
  4. The person with the story with the most votes – by June 30, 2013 – wins an iPad Mini

 

“Protect Your Bubble would like to congratulate our winner, Julie, with her “Oopsy Poopsy” story. Congrats, Julie!”

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Now, a few official house rules:

In submitting your story, you are stating that your story is true and accurate, and you are giving Protect Your Bubble the right to share your story online (keeping your identity anonymous of course).

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Open only to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, 21 and older.  Contest ends June 30, 2013. Subject to complete Official Rules.

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