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From: TimF9/23/2019 2:32:49 PM
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From: Elroy9/30/2019 1:41:54 AM
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I plan to be in Miami in November and rent a convertible for the stay. I haven't rented a car in the US for decades, so a few simple questions if anyone has more experience than me renting cars I would love the advice.

1- I will book using an online site like Expedia. If I want to get a GPS device (so I can drive around new areas without having to use a map) will most rental agencies offer this add on? About what does it cost (if the original booking is made via something like Expedia)?

2- If I want my wife and myself to be able to drive the car, does that usually cost extra (two drivers instead of just one)?

Thanks for any info.....

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To: Elroy who wrote (1474)9/30/2019 9:01:07 AM
From: JSB
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Elroy, I think they all offer GPS though I don't ever get it so I don't know
the cost. Don't forget most smart phones offer pretty good turn by turn
map service for free.

If you want both want to drive, make sure both have proof of insurance.

Hope that helps

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To: Elroy who wrote (1474)9/30/2019 12:01:25 PM
From: TimF
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Sometimes GPS is thrown in for free but if they usually charge for it. I just use my phone rather then paying when they do this.

Normally they do charge for a 2nd driver.

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To: Elroy who wrote (1474)9/30/2019 8:46:12 PM
From: Neeka
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We've rented a car twice in the last yr. One had GPS......we were charged extra.....can't remember how much.....check cost on the company websites.

I went directly to the company website for both of them.

The first rental car included a GPS device, and it was great. And it did cost extra. I can't remember how much, but you can find out at the individual car rental company web sites.

BTW..............It worked flawlessly and we loved it.

Unless we were traveling more than 50 miles or more the GPS took us on pastoral two lane roads in upstate NY. It was like going back through time; Currier and Ives kind of stuff. The second rental was on the island of Hawaii and instead of getting GPS we opted to use the mapping app on my phone.

That worked well and we saved a little money.

It really doesn't matter how you book the car, but take warning...............on the Hawaii trip we went with the cheapest car company because we only needed it for a day to do some sight seeing. We'll not do that again. We waited 1 1/2 hours to get to the front of the line so we could be on our way. It appears everyone else went with the cheapest car rental company too, and all of us just stood there watching the people who chose the slightly more expensive companies breeze up to the window and within ten minutes, be on their way.

We were in NY for a week and I think the total bill came to something like $550.00 but that was because I booked a midsize car and they were out of those at the rental shop, so they gave us the SUV for the same price. We dropped it off at a different place than where we picked it up and that cost us an extra $100. The car we rented in HI was a small suv hatchback and we only rented it for the day...........$59....+ tax.

Think about how long you'll need the car, and how much luggage and stuff you'll be bringing. The number of people on your trip will determine the size of car you rent. (Get a van if you have kids.)

If you're driving long distances for several days.............like going down to the Keys and back and then hanging in Miami........spend a little extra and get a comfortable car.

You only live once.

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To: Neeka who wrote (1477)10/1/2019 4:34:53 AM
From: Elroy
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Thanks for the tips.

We will (I think) rent a convertible Mustang. I think for 10 days we can get it for about $550, then add on whatever it costs for GPS (perhaps), and extra driver.

That reminds me, I think my credit card (Barclays Explorer) is one of those ones that if you use it to purchase a car rental it brings with it the necessary insurance. Gotta look at their policy again to confirm that.
Here's a question for you US travelers. I have a United credit card which will allow myself and the wife to check one bag for free. So I'm looking on buying United tickets on Expedia, and it says for Basic Economy (the lowest) fare there is NO carry on bag. Is that for real - life if the wife brings her purse and I bring a small backpack, they will reject them or charge us? I've never heard of a fare that doesn't include a carry on bag. When they say that do they mean a very large carry bag is not allowed, or no carry on nothing is allowed?

One last question in case anyone happens to know. We have a 8 year old GPD device, but it has Philippines maps on it. If we bring it with us to the USA, any idea where and how we can install USA maps on the device? That would be good for saving $15 per day or so. I was surprised how expensive these GPS devices are since they seem sort of out of date as most people use their phones as GPS these days.

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To: Elroy who wrote (1478)10/1/2019 12:58:58 PM
From: Neeka
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We drove from St. Augustin to Key West in a rental car back in '15. We ordered a Mustang convertible at the rental agency but funny, funny, funny..............they were all out of them when we arrived, so we got a Sebring convertible instead.

It was a nice enough car, but would have preferred the Mustang.

So be prepared for the old switcharoo!

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From: Elroy10/3/2019 8:50:45 PM
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Hello,

I'm going to rent a Mustang or Sebring convertible while in Florida in about a month.
What's the easiest way to get my iTunes playlist music into the car stereo system, so I can play my own music?

I have a few iPods. Do normal car rentals (Mustang or a Sebring convertible) have iPod docks, or music input jacks?

If not, is the logical way to play my own music to load it onto my phone, then connect the phone to the car stereo using bluetooth?

Thanks for any advice.

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To: Elroy who wrote (1480)10/4/2019 8:02:32 PM
From: TimF
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Depends on the car. Most cars wouldn't have docks, but many have USB ports and I have played music through them both from a USB drive and from my phone.

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To: TimF who wrote (1481)10/4/2019 9:09:25 PM
From: Elroy
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Thanks,

I've got an iPod and a USB loaded up with music, and I'll put some songs on my wife's iPhone, so one of those should work.

How about using the cell phone for GPS-based driving in the USA in unfamiliar cities? I know they can do this, but it will be the first time that I have tried. And....my phone has a Philippines plan, so I don't know if it will be able to download data in the US (unless I buy a 10 day data plan). Should a non-US cell phone using Google maps be sufficient to get me around Miami, Sarasota and Tampa areas? Does the Google map function require data, or does it work purely on GPS positioning, and idea?

I'm debating buying a GPA Navsat device for $30 on Ebay, and just shipping that to the first hotel. The rental agency charges $12 per day for a GPS device, which is crazy considering they appear to cost about $60 brand new.

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