30 October 2008

Rental Car Roulette

Here in San Diego I get a rental car to get myself to and from work, and other places in my off hours. It’s all pretty sweet, except for every 30 days we need to turn our car in and get another one. We are always booked to get compact cars, but the rental companies generally treat us pretty good and give us bigger cars. So I picked up my third car and it has been a mixed bag so far.

The first one was a Dodge Nitro, an ugly blue boxy SUV thing. For those of you familiar with southern California, having a big vehicle is not necessarily a good thing. The lanes are narrow, and the parking spaces are designed with enough room to park a scooter provided that nobody parks on either side of you. It was made worse by the fact that it had New Mexico license plates. So even though I’m an outsider here, I don’t like to advertise that fact. That and I didn’t like the idea of people thinking that I picked this thing on purpose to drive. So needless to say I was happy to get rid of one and hoped for something better.

Round two was much better, a red Pontiac G6. Decent car, good power, and it had California license plates. Yeah!

On to round three. I was hoping for the Nissan Z that was there, but no luck. Instead it’s a gold Chevy HHR. To make matters worse it has Oklahoma license plates. So once again I’m in an ugly, car and color, vehicle from out of state. It is not a big vehicle, wouldn’t even consider it a small SUV, its more of a large sedan. It is not that high off the ground either, but it has step boards. Huh? Is this in case Jiminy Cricket needs a ride and nobody wants to help him in? Overall not a big fan, maybe if it had some power it would make up for it, but alas no.

It’s only for a month, but who’s counting….


John said...

"... the parking spaces are designed with enough room to park a scooter provided that nobody parks on either side of you."

He He He. It's funny because it's true.

Court said...

Hee hee! I've heard MANY complaints about the fun rental cars provided down there, but the Jimminy Cricket comment really tickled my funny bone! Sorry you got such lame-o car for the second time around!

steve said...

Get a scooter....they totally rule.

Ash and Brent said...

You're so funny!


Julie said...

I've totally had an HHR on a TDY... mine was this hideous purple color! It was aweful... so I feel your pain.

Jess said...

okay, that is funny Brent! Now we will be on the edge of our seats waiting to see what the next month will bring. That is so funny that you have to do that.

I am so glad that you have returned to blog land Brent! We have missed you :)