Renting car makes vacation a little better

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When planning a road trip, one of the first things I do is look at rental cars.

I prefer to rent a car for vacations. It’s worth it. Some vacations, we can put on more than 2,000 miles on a vehicle. This way, we don’t have to worry about wear and tear on our personal vehicles.

It also helps depending on how many people are traveling. A few years ago, we took a road trip to Colorado. There were five of us, so a minivan worked out well.

Last summer, Lisa and I traveled to Wisconsin, the upper peninsula of Michigan and Minnesota’s northern shore. I wanted some comfort, but economically. We rented a midsize car. It worked out perfectly.


A couple of years ago, for a trip to Kansas and Oklahoma, Lisa and I rented a HHR (looks like a PT Cruiser). It was a nice comfortable ride.


My preference when renting a car is Enterprise. There is an office a few blocks from our house, so it’s a convenient choice.


Enterprise has great customer service, in my opinion. The staff is always friendly and helpful.

One suggestion when renting a vehicle is look for discounts – AAA, AARP, etc. Lisa likes getting Entertainment Books for various cities that we plan to visit. She usually finds discounts for rental cars in them.

During our recent trip to St. Louis, one of the windshield wiper strips started coming off the blade. It was OK for most of the trip. However, we used the wipers a little more on the trip home, so it affected the passenger side a little.

We were fine with it, but the staff wouldn’t accept that. The manager apologized profusely when Lisa returned the minivan. She gave us a double upgrade on our next rental. That was appreciated.


Another reason we like renting through Enterprise is because of our work schedules. Since Lisa and I work opposite schedules, it’s helpful that they will pick you up and drop you off.

So, next time you plan a road trip, think about leaving your car at home and renting one. I am already trying to think about what trip to use that double upgrade on.

To find an Enterprise location for your next road trip, check out their website at

Disclosure: Enterprise provided me with a gift card for our trip as a thank you for writing this post. However, the views and opinions expressed here are purely my own.


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