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      01-16-2012, 10:09 AM   #1
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Cheap Rental Cars?

Good morning gents,

I'm looking for a cheap rental place as I am trying to attend the Detroit Autoshow. I dont have much experience with rentals beyond BMW loaners. Will there be any issues with Avis/Enterprise/etc. driving a Canadian rental into the states?

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      01-16-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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Good question, not sure if you need to pay extra to rent a car for cross border adventures. I would be interested to know as well.

Probably best thing to do is call one of them up and ask though.

When is the Detroit Auto Show?
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      01-16-2012, 12:34 PM   #3
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Started last Monday I think, I think it finishes next monday.

BTW Havok, I saw you on the 401 a couple weeks ago and I may copy your fender stripe lol.
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in the USA you are covered in your own vehicle if you drive into canada. i would assume it works the other way around, but you need to let the rental company know you are driving into the states. its possible you will have to pay more to cover the rental vehicle in the USA.

check with your insurance company first, then the rental company.
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in the USA you are covered in your own vehicle if you drive into canada. i would assume it works the other way around, but you need to let the rental company know you are driving into the states. its possible you will have to pay more to cover the rental vehicle in the USA.

check with your insurance company first, then the rental company.
also some rental companies won't rent it to you if you're planning to drive it to the US
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      01-16-2012, 01:57 PM   #6
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The policy varies per rental company.
Autoshow is Jan 14th - 22nd.
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      01-16-2012, 02:25 PM   #7
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BTW Havok, I saw you on the 401 a couple weeks ago and I may copy your fender stripe lol.
lol thanks for the heads up
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If you are going only to the auto show and not doing anything else I would suggest just taking the tunnel bus. There are several parking lots near the bus station that you can park your car. The tunnel bus will drop you off directly at the auto show and pick you up at the same spot.

It's fairly easy to get to as its only like 5 minutes from the tunnel but if your not familar with detroit roads, it might be a bitch.

Here is a link to the tunnel bus.
http://www.citywindsor.ca/003929.asp

I generally take it when I attend Red Wings games.
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      01-17-2012, 08:32 AM   #9
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Thanks for the advice dude. I have a couple buddies that live in Detroit and I'll probably stay with them, so I'd like to be mobile.

Maybe I'll just suck it up and drive my car. I've heard too many horror stories about peoples cars getting torn apart at the border. Scares me lol.
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shouldn't be any problems taking a rental to the U.S. I've rented many cars over the years and taken them to the U.S. without any issue. All rental companies I've used said there is no problem taking their cars into the U.S. just not to Mexico. Also make sure to get a car with unlimited mileage.
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Rented a Hyundai Elantra to Detroit over the weekends, $109 taxes in for 3 days at Budget with unlimited kilometers.
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most places will charge extra for insurance, or you just use your own insurance for the vehicle.

Also, what's wrong with taking your car across the border? It's not like everyone who crosses gets deep interrogation or has their car impounded, or even go through a secondary interview.

In fact the only time i've had 'issues' crossing the border is when i've admitted that i bought around 300 bucks worth of stuff while only being across for a few hours.

As long as you're not a punk with the border agents you won't have issues. If you're worried that you might inadvertently act like an ass then i'd suggest you have bigger issues to contend with.
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most places will charge extra for insurance, or you just use your own insurance for the vehicle.

Also, what's wrong with taking your car across the border? It's not like everyone who crosses gets deep interrogation or has their car impounded, or even go through a secondary interview.
  1. Less wear and tear on your vehicle
  2. Detroit isn't the nicest place in America
  3. Roads are horrible (poorly maintained infrastructure)

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/01/16/d...rking-to-curb/
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The amount of paranoia in this thread is incredible, so much so that it’s making me laugh. You bought the car to drive right? Then drive it… The boarder folks are not going to rip it apart, you car is not going to fall into a massive car eating pot hole, you will not be held at gun point for your 3’er driving a whole 2 blocks in Detroit. Once you cross the boarder it’s literally 2 blocks to cobo and the parking garage has a lot more nicer cars. Grow a pair and stop being so paranoid. Fawk /rant
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Thanks for your constructive criticism.

I have two friends who HAVE had their cars torn apart. Also, like myself, people of colour. When finished, the border agents put two bolts for each panel, and handed my friends a bag of leftover bolts.

The only time I mentioned Detroit was mentioning the Detroit car show. The city is in the name of the event. I never said anything bad about the city.

I did buy my car to drive (great observation!), and I put about 900km a week on it. I don't really feel like putting another 900 for two days, and that is my preference. If you don't agree, then we're at a stalemate.
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The amount of paranoia in this thread is incredible, so much so that its making me laugh. You bought the car to drive right? Then drive it The boarder folks are not going to rip it apart, you car is not going to fall into a massive car eating pot hole, you will not be held at gun point for your 3er driving a whole 2 blocks in Detroit. Once you cross the boarder its literally 2 blocks to cobo and the parking garage has a lot more nicer cars. Grow a pair and stop being so paranoid. Fawk /rant
I'm with you. Sorry OP, but I find it weird to rent a car to go on a trip when you have your own set of wheels. Maybe if your car is a Maserati, but we are talking about a 3 series. It's like renting an apt. because you don't want to get your house dirty! I'll shut up now because I know I'm not being very productive.
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      01-20-2012, 07:44 AM   #17
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To each their own. Detroit also called for hail when I was looking, something else I'm trying to avoid.

Anyway, for the dudes interested, it pays to be good with your SA. Just got a 2011 323xi for 45 bucks for the weekend.
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