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Re: Best Programs & Deals to Save Money on Coaster Trips

Postby coasterbill » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:33 pm

Honestly if a car that's less than 3 years old and has 30,000 miles on it breaks down then it's an unbelievable pile of sh*t. It's old for a rental car but you're probably fine. :lol:

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Postby A.J. » Tue Apr 03, 2018 4:17 pm

PKI Jizzman wrote:Interesting read; I don't know crap about cars but you are suggesting that you're more likely to get a car that will break down? I'm likely going to be getting a one way rental (although it'll just be from Charlotte/NC to Hilton Head/SC and I bet there are plenty of NC ->SC and SC -> NC rentals happening) and this seems like something more people should know about.

If all cars were created equal, you would have no greater chance of breaking down at 45,XXX miles in a rental car than you would in your own 45,XXX mile car. However, some cars are just plain built better than others.

North Carolina to South Carolina is no big deal. Those cars can be easily driven / shipped across either state's border if they need their registration renewed, and agencies typically have several branch locations near the state borders that are in the same "group" for that purpose. I'm not sure how much more I can say without violating my own previous work contract, but when you walk down the rental line in North Carolina and see plates from, say, Ohio, or Louisiana, or Missouri, the reason they got there is because they were one-way rentals from their home state. If you reserve a one-way rental and you're heading somewhere in those directions, you might be placed in one of those cars (though never in a class lower than what you paid for), to get it as close as possible back to its home.
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Re: Best Programs & Deals to Save Money on Coaster Trips

Postby 805Andrew » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:33 pm

A.J. wrote:
PKI Jizzman wrote:Interesting read; I don't know crap about cars but you are suggesting that you're more likely to get a car that will break down? I'm likely going to be getting a one way rental (although it'll just be from Charlotte/NC to Hilton Head/SC and I bet there are plenty of NC ->SC and SC -> NC rentals happening) and this seems like something more people should know about.

If all cars were created equal, you would have no greater chance of breaking down at 45,XXX miles in a rental car than you would in your own 45,XXX mile car. However, some cars are just plain built better than others.

North Carolina to South Carolina is no big deal. Those cars can be easily driven / shipped across either state's border if they need their registration renewed, and agencies typically have several branch locations near the state borders that are in the same "group" for that purpose. I'm not sure how much more I can say without violating my own previous work contract, but when you walk down the rental line in North Carolina and see plates from, say, Ohio, or Louisiana, or Missouri, the reason they got there is because they were one-way rentals from their home state. If you reserve a one-way rental and you're heading somewhere in those directions, you might be placed in one of those cars (though never in a class lower than what you paid for), to get it as close as possible back to its home.


I've gotten many rental cars with out of state plates and they've all been one model year older or newer. I've gotten Delaware plates on a one way rental from Philly to Harrisburg, PA; Indiana plates in Nashville; Florida plates on a one way rental from Nashville to Knoxville, TN; and Georgia plates in Knoxville. Of course it makes sense that there are going to be a lot more out of state cars in places where states are a lot closer together. In Denver I had the option to pick any car from a row of compact cars and they had cars with many out of state plates including California and New York but I went with a Colorado one there. I guess a lot of people are driving across country and flying out of Denver.

Edit: Going back to my pictures from my winter Colorado trip the rental car I had there actually had an Arizona plate, not Colorado ones. I picked by the car I thought was going to be the best for me, not the state plates it had.

Speaking of how save money on rental cars if an one way rental is required: When I went to Tennessee, I flew into Nashville and spent a couple of nights there before going towards the Smoky Mountains and meeting up with a very special group (you can probably guess which one) for a tour of rollercoasters and special attractions starting with Dollywood and Pigeon Forge. I rented a car (Alamo I think) for a couple of days around Nashville before returning it at the airport the night before leaving and got a one day, one way rental (Budget I think) to Knoxville which I drove to the next day and returned it at their airport and rented another car from Hertz for a couple of days driving around the Smoky Mountains before returning it and meeting with the group to hop on a tour bus. When renting a car one way, usually you are charged more per day instead of for a long distance return fee, so if you limit the days of your one rental car to one day and get another rental car for the same area it will be charged less per day. I also switched rental car companies for each booking to ones that were similarily priced to avoid confusion among the rental car desk staff and since all the rental car companies are next to each other in airport locations anyways.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:00 pm

I've never had a problem with the car itself having an out-of-state license plate, but I do try and avoid them because of the extra attention from cops.

When I went to Six Flags Great Adventure, Indiana Beach, and Holiday World last Memorial Day weekend, I flew to Chicago and was given a car with a Texas license plate. While driving through Indiana to Holiday World, I saw a cop get behind me. I was already in the slow lane going the speed limit, so I figured the cop would blow by me like any cop in Massachusetts. Nope. He followed me for 15 miles. I sure as heck wasn't going to move any faster with a cop behind me, but finally my exit came up. I threw on my blinker and the cop's lights immediately flashed.

Immediately the cop asked if I had any drugs in my vehicle. After not being satisfied with my responses to where I was going (Holiday World), why I only had a single bag (gasp, I stayed at the same hotel back to back nights), or flew to Chicago instead of Indianapolis, he pointed to the salt in my empty bag of pretzels as suspicious and demanded to search my vehicle for drugs. Nothing was found, although it does make me wonder what would have happened if a previous driver had left drugs in the car.

45 minutes later I was free to go. But not before finding out what infraction I committed. Turns out I "only" gave 350 feet notice before entering the exit lane when I should have really given 400 feet. So I was let off with a warning. That's still the only time I've ever been pulled over to this day and why I try and avoid out of state license plates.
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Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:48 pm

^ Wow, that sucks. I recently rented a car in Philly with a New York plate, no troubles in NJ or PA. Sorry that Indiana cops would target a Texas plate.
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Postby 805Andrew » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:51 pm

^^ That's crazy! I would think that cops would be less likely to want to stop you with out of state plates because it might be more paper work if they get you on something minor. Maybe that cop thought you were a Texan before pulling you over and doesn't like Texans? I could see some cars with certain state license plates like TX, CA, or NY being a potential target in some places, but more by locals who may have low opinions of those place. Anyways that cop was an asshole for pulling you over for only using the turn signal 350 ft vs 400 ft - that's a difference most people wouldn't be able to tell apart. If I was in your situation I probably would've put the turn signal extra early out of nervousness and maybe would've gotten a warning for using it 500 ft before the exit vs 400 ft. :lol: I also pack more than you and there would have been a backpack up front with me besides the suitcase or carry on bag in the trunk and probably some snack bags and drink cups/bottles in the passenger seat area (if I was driving solo). I don't know how it is in other states, but in CA the CHP is very unlikely to pull you over on the freeway unless your going at least 10 MPH over the speed limit, so I would imagine they wouldn't pull you over for using a turn signal 50 ft later than your supposed to. I driven by CHP many times going 10MPH over the speed limit (of course I slow down if I see them but sometimes I don't until afterward) and they don't do anything because that's the flow of traffic - they're looking for the guy going 85 MPH.
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Postby DirkFunk » Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:40 am

Cops love out of state plates because you won't contest, you'll just pay. Speeding tickets (along with seizure and DUI) generate revenue for the department and they're effectively incentivized to do it even if that's considered illegal (good luck proving that it's an illegal campaign in court).

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Postby LiftThrill » Thu Apr 05, 2018 4:09 am

New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas have pretty bad speeding traps everywhere. Tiny towns that get all their money from speeding tickets and such. A lot of times, speed limit signs are overgrown and not even fully visible. It's pretty hard to keep track of those and what speed you're supposed to be going, so keep a keen eye out, and when in doubt, go slower than you think you should in places like that.
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Re: Best Programs & Deals to Save Money on Coaster Trips

Postby coneyislandchris » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:16 am

LiftThrill wrote:New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arkansas have pretty bad speeding traps everywhere. Tiny towns that get all their money from speeding tickets and such. A lot of times, speed limit signs are overgrown and not even fully visible. It's pretty hard to keep track of those and what speed you're supposed to be going, so keep a keen eye out, and when in doubt, go slower than you think you should in places like that.

If you use the app Waze, it's also a good backup. The lower left hand corner of the screen has a display to help you keep track of the speed limit and if you're exceeding it or not. If I'm driving on roads I'm unfamiliar with or through small towns out-of-state I always make sure to reference it (mounted on the dashboard within eyeshot, of course).
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:19 am

I'm one of the last people who still has a GPS and I love how mine clearly displays the speed limit in the corner.

I'm just glad I didn't get a ticket from all of this. I actually checked afterwards and the 400 feet is a rule in Indiana, but I haven't a clue how you can visually tell a 50 foot difference.
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