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12 Aug 2014 My experience with an independent car rental agency

We’d traveled a fair way,and now we were right in the heart of bustling Fort Lauderdale. Almost time to stretch the legs, refuel the car and change drivers. But first and foremost, I was going to choke the life out of Lola and Tahlia my two best friends.

‘Summer Holiday’ is an excellent song, yet my driving companions had killed my love for it hours ago. Lola certainly had a nice voice, and Thalia should not give up her day job, but her singing was tolerable. But, there’s definitely a limit to how many versions of one song you can tolerate. I’d hate to think what they both do for an encore!

The sun was strong and the skies were that typical aqua blue, with not a cloud to be seen. It was my turn to sing “New York.” This was what I’d be saving up for,for so long. A vacation to beautiful New York with my best friends. The fun we’d had along the way was awesome, the scenic views a treat indeed, and the panoramic mountain views were magnificent.

Yet we were now in Fort Lauderdale, and this is where the trouble began. We’d no sooner refueled, grabbed a burger and coke, turned the car on and then realized we had trouble. Expensive trouble, the car kept holding back, it was the motor. Yes, Lola’s little Volkswagen had gone to Herbie Heaven.” It was expected eventually, but right now wasn’t a good time at all.

Fortunately Lola had been born and bred in Lauderdale, she knew where an excellent independent car rental establishment was. Tahlia and I couldn’t comprehend why Lola was laughing so hard, until we realized that we were right across the road from it! There it stood, ‘Quality Car and Van Rental.’

An independent, family owned business, which had been there for seven years. Not only family owned, but family operated as well. We had cash, but none of us had credit cards, would they rent a car to us? They sure would, and they also offered an airport shuttle service as well. But usually prior arrangements must be made.

We were all over the required age of twenty one, although we had wished they’d ask for proof of age. Well there’s no harm in hoping, when you’re fifty and a bit I guess! But they did want other identification of course. We had a wide range of cars to choose from and these were: Vans, luxury cars, Suvs, trucks, and a medley of economy rated vehicles as well. We chose a luxury car, well why not, for years we’d saved up for this holiday!

The service was second to none, fast and friendly. We also were given a rate which was excellent in comparison to what we later found the larger hire companies charged, such as Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty. In actual fact, Thrifty is not thrifty, unless you’re used to paying with gold nuggets and have the name of Rockefeller.

We were close to the Ft Lauderdale airport as well as Port Everglades. And having been told that the company also offers a shuttle bus service, both to and from there bought music to the ears. That’d certainly save on taxi fares from our motel.

They certainly are a company that goes out of their way to gain your business. They also offer transportation to Miami International and West Palm International Airports.

Our holiday was excellent, the rates we payed for the car rental saved us in excess of $150 in comparison to elsewhere. The service was excellent, and we also understood why the company rates a three star for customer service, and expertise, in the car rental business.

30 Jul 2014 Airport Car Service New York – Airport Car Service In New York

When you arrive at any airport in New York simply make a call or visit the websites of car rentals and reserve a car from airport car service in NYC especially on busy days and get picked and dropped immediately after you arrive without any more wait. During the holidays and special events it maybe tougher then you think getting a car to your destination.

Car service Conveniences

It’s not just that you will have a car waiting for you at airport car service in New York, you will also feel much comfortable after a long flight instead of arriving and then taking taxis or other transportation alternatives. Secondly there will be no issue of luggage handling. If you have luggage and you are alone, you will have to spend extra time and money getting someone to help you with them anyways.

Considerations

“Always think ahead!” -that is what my mother used to always say. She was always thinking. Before booking a car at airport car service in NYC you should remember a few things. First call in advance to make sure your car will be available. Some car services would require a pre-booking otherwise if you reach and want a car right away they may not be able to provide you transport.

Car Service Issues

There are some issues that must be known to the traveler.

1. In an appropriate car reservation you will need to know if your current insurance is applicable or they will charge additional per day. Some states require insurance.

2. If the rental car is returned late you might have to pay extra fees. Usually if you are late by a few hours you will be charged on per hour bases, however, if you are late by quiet a few they may charge you with a full day fair.

3. Some rental service allows you to purchase your own gas. The ones who provide a full tank at the start will want the car returned with its tank filled to the brink otherwise they charge you fees.

4. Sometimes if you were in a hurry and drop the car at some other outlet of the airport car service in New York you may be charged with extra fees.

5. It’s quite clear that when you take a car from airport car service in NYC you will have to return it pretty much in the same condition.

6. Before you get into your booked car have a look around so that at the time of returning some previous dent or scratch is charged in your bill.

Saving Money

If you already have insurance try a company that lets you use it. Many people end up paying a lot because they don’t know this fact. Call your insurance company and ask them how much coverage they give and in which states. If you are coming from abroad then your insurance company may give you international insurance which is valid in New York as well. Sometimes the credit cards you own have points especially to cover the car rentals. You should also be looking for that cost cutting tip.

Making a wise selection of airport car service NYC will keeping your costs within your budget. Take a look at a couple of helpful places on the internet to help you locate the best options out there.

29 Jul 2014 Limousine Rentals New York

New York is a vibrant metropolis beyond compare, home to over 8.5 million people of different ethnicity and nationality. It is also a city of choices, from cars to homes, jobs to restaurants, and entertainment to luxury. In short, for the people residing in New York, it is just about choosing the way they wish to live in this great city.

The present article talks about limousine rentals in New York City, the car that is not just a mode of transport but also a fashion statement, symbol of pride and luxury, and above all, a moving castle on the road. Buying a limo can be a tad costly and may not sound a sensible investment for most of the ordinary people unless you are super rich and have lots of cash to blow. But, for special occasions, you can get one for rent, for few hours, at affordable rates from various limousine car rentals agencies. That way, even for the average person on the streets, riding in a limo can be an affordable/practical choice.

As you might have deduced already, a limousine is not a car for daily use. It is for special occasions. Businesses sometimes use it as a traveling office for guests as they come to the physical office location from the airport. Otherwise its uses are mostly confined to special occasions such as marriage, bachelor, corporate or birthday parties. For weddings, custom made limos are usually hired by the bride’s and groom’s families to transport their relatives and friends to the location in luxury and splendor. For the guests, traveling in the vehicle that is replete with a lounge bar, entertainment facilities, dance floor, and every conceivable luxury a car could accommodate would be a nice feeling altogether. After all, that is what guests in general expect from their hosts on a special day.

For bachelor and corporate parties as well, the basic purpose of hiring a limo is the same. It carries the luxury and party element right through out the journey, and prepares the guests to elate themselves to the party mood before they reach the party destination.

Usually, the limos are chauffer driven because, given the length of the car, it takes some amount of training and expertise to maneuver it through the traffic seamlessly. Also, experienced hands on the wheel will ensure that no guests are late for the special occasion owing to traffic snarls or bottlenecks. In a city like New York, one needs more than driving skills on the road to reach destination on time. A latest GPS navigation system installed in the limousines usually helps the chauffer to take the right route always.

There are various limousine rental agencies functioning in and around New York City limits offering custom made limos to customers depending on the occasion for which they may be hiring one. You can contact such limo rental agencies for renting custom limos to weddings, bachelor and wedding parties, city promos, and airport pickups. And for the customers it is just about choosing a car, depending on its capacity and luxury quotient as well as the rates, which he/she prefers.

24 Jul 2014 Guide to Central Park, New York City

Millionaires shell out for a view of it. Pets and athletes stretch their legs in it. Unfortunates sometimes sleep in it. And countless New York tourists flock to it. So the fact that Central Park, a mere two miles square and not even New York’s biggest public park, could mean so many things to so many people explains why native New Yorkers and visitors, rich and poor, refined and pedestrian alike all gravitate to this geographic and cultural heart of Manhattan.

HISTORY

Ironically, the green space that today seems as American as hot dogs, Snapple and silver guys that dance for a quarter was modeled after the common spaces of Europe. The reputation abroad was that the newly rich in nineteenth century America were a bunch of colloquial, capitalist frontiersmen who cared not for either high culture or public works for the masses. The affront gave aspiring upper-class New Yorkers something to prove, and they did it by instigating the country’s first landscaped park in the 1850′s.

But sadly, the bourgeoisie urge to create a space for all New Yorkers initially proved less populist and progressive than it was self serving; there was insensitive forced relocation of many of its residents, including a thriving African American community with many schools and churches. Inequity continued once the park was complete – it became a private haven for those rich free thinkers that had conjured the plan; access to undesirables was limited.

GETTING THERE and GETTING AROUND

One method of finally increasing public access to the park has been the remarkably thorough transportation system in New York City. And since for most of us cabs are too expensive and driving in the city too difficult, taking one of the many buses or subway lines is the best way to get there, and depending on your plans, it is also the best way to get around. Traversing the park takes a long time as it is large and the footpaths winding and hilly. So you will most likely want to plan your activities in sections and return to buses or subway stations to see other areas.

The one exception to that rule would be that if you happen to have a car in the city and aren’t afraid of aggressive drivers or one-way streets, diving around is a great way to see an overview of the inside of the park, as buses don’t go through it or across it. You just won’t be able to stop and get out. For doing that, the city’s various uptown and crosstown buses adjacent to the park provide the best way to get from

17 Jul 2014 Secure Affordable Car Rental in New Jersey

 

New Jersey, state of United States of America is located at the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the country. Located, south of New York, the state has to offer a lot for a fun and travel loving person, a big part of Apalachian trail comes within its boundary. The capital of the state, Trenton, is situated right into its center and provides better opportunities to travelers to explore the state as well by being well connected with means of Transport. The state equally has many wonderful places for touring visitors; in West Orange they can visit the old laboratory of famous scientist Thomas Elva Edison, whose inventions changed life of millions of people all over the world.

Madison, the place in the northern New Jersey can be visited for some best rated restaurants in the United States. Whereas the New Jersey Atlantic coastline has beautiful beaches from Cape May in the south all the way to the famous Atlantic City. But merely, knowing about New Jersey, just not solve your purpose of visiting this state of United States filled with natural beauty unless you have not an access to a good means of transport. Though New Jersey is will connected with all the means of public transport, but at certain distant point you can reach only by either owing or renting personal conveyance. Hence an affordable car rental in New Jersey can sort out all your transport related needs for touring New Jersey.

You can have car rental services from a number of car rental agencies in New Jersey either after reaching in New Jersey or can book them prior as part of your travel plan to the state. But it is best for you to have a secure hassle free car rental you must take services from the car rental agencies which provide their services online. The online car rental saves you from unnecessary bargain while settling on the price of car rental. To secure the rates of your choice it is better to start enquiring about prices quite before, even a week ahead. As early you book the car as better discounted rates you can have from the car rental agencies in New Jersey.

You can achieve this task of securing the good price by reading and comparing tools for various vehicles and their makes as provided by the rates. The other way to have smarter car rental is to have it through reading the contract paper offered with website so you can cancel the contract and get your money refunded. The other point of considerable attention is leveling responsibility of filling the gas over the car rental agency in case of breakdown. Thus this way after following the instructions as provided above for car rental, you can enjoy a hassle free tour of New Jersey.

17 Jul 2014 Why an independent car rental agency is better than major car rental chains

Even for a local, driving a familiar vehicle, the hustle and bustle of New York City streets can be difficult to navigate. It is easy to understand why so many people would flood the city. With the Broadway shows, incomparable museums, historic structures, and celebrated night life, New York City commands a volume of tourism rivaled by few other cities. Add to this the fact that New York City is also a global hub for business and diplomacy, and the endless flow of commuters begins to make sense.

That being said, what do you do if you’re a local whose own car has fallen on hard times, or if you’re a tourist who is brave or foolish enough to try to compete with seasoned New York City drivers?

Trying to successfully navigate renting a car is almost as difficult as and potentially more stressful than driving on the busy city streets. Choosing the right car rental agency is the key to getting on the road as quickly, as cheaply, and as safely as possible.

Due to name recognition, many drivers choose large chains such as Avis, Hertz, or Dollar because commonly people mistake familiarity with credibility or reliability. But don’t be fooled. Giving the little guy a chance can greatly improve your renting experience.

The fine print of the car rental industry is one major reason to deal with smaller independent rental agencies. Many people rent from larger agencies because they think it will be easier to straighten something out should a problem occur. However, the opposite is almost always true. Take this example of Kathy who wrote into Meghann Marco’s column on Consumerist.com following a bad experience with Hertz in Mexico in January 2007. She writes:

“For a pre-paid one month economy car rental for $632.03, on January 16th Hertz rented me a 2007 Blue Chevrolet, Lic#5981AVB in good condition at the Los Cabos airport. I declined to purchase insurance. Late on the night of January 20th, during a rainstorm, a tire blew out on the vehicle; so, after exchanging the tire with the spare the following morning, on January 21st, I returned the vehicle to the agency at their suggestion and wrote a full report. The agency assured me there would be no problem of any charges.

Upon returning to the airport three weeks later, the manager, Eleazar G. Leyva informed me that Hertz was demanding payment of $60.00US for damage to the tire. Anxiously on my way to a plane, I agreed to the charges, more for the sake of expediency rather than out of any sense of obligation.

14 Jul 2014 Limousine Rental New York – Limousine Rental New York for Weddings

Wedding is the most memorable day of any couples life. For several months the only thing that keeps them busy is how to make the wedding more special. Apart from everything thing else, a limousine will add some extra flavor to all the specialties they arrange. Wedding limousines specially decorated for the job are a part of many limousine rentals in New York.

Limousine Models for Weddings

There are many models available for wedding limousines to choose from. The new models such as Chrysler 300 stretch limousine, a hummer or the classic ones. Usually white will be a preferred color choice since it fits in perfectly with the theme color of the wedding. At Limousine rental in New York you can find any type of car that fits your wedding theme.

Pricings

The price depends on the level of service you have requested. The basic limousine package will of course have a driver and some beverages for the bride and groom however there are still things that you must be ensured of such as the driver will be on time and he will be properly dressed. The extras such as balloons, just married signs, flowers, interior floral decorations, red wedding carpet, champagne and wedding March horns all come with extra price but are much needed items to make it look more like a wedding. On the average for good service you will be paying around $120 an hour and for average services the rate for limousine rental in New York varies from $45 to $65.

Booking one for the big day

As you start preparation months ago for the wedding party and celebrations, you should also start searching for the right limousine. If you are searching online then the company that seems to offer good service for the money should be reputable. Before you book one you should see the limousine pictures, the amenities on offer, the dress code for chauffeurs, the timings, everything that is included in the package. Once you are satisfied then book a limousine early or you may miss the best cars near your wedding dates. Proms are held in spring so if you are setting a date in spring better have a booking earlier.

The usual package Timings

Bride and the bride’s maids are usually picked up and taken to the wedding place before they dress up which means some time out of the package will be used here. After the wedding the newly wed go to the reception. Later, the couple either goes home or to wherever they want to spend their wedding night. However you must know what the rental company’s time packages are. The usual time of limousine is 3 to 5 hours which are generally enough for the wedding but since you don’t need any hassles you should ask the rate for extra hours if things get a bit late.

Limousines will make your arrival and departure extraordinary and of course being a symbol of elegance it will make your wedding more special and memorable. The internet can help you choose the best ride from limousine rentals in New York.

12 Jul 2014 Ride Charter Buses in New York

New York has become one of the top ten tourist spots in the United States. From the hustle-bustle of the streets to nature tripping, New York has got it all for you. Touring the Big Apple for a day is not enough. New York is a big state. With so many tourist attractions and places for activities like shopping, you need a New York City charter bus.

A charter bus service in New York is always booked from tourists around the world. A certified globetrotter or a frequent traveler can even recommend you to hire a bus charter company if you are traveling in big groups. And if you travel in small groups, some shuttle buses are available too. Just ask the charter bus company for more information.

Charter Buses
The advantage of hiring charter buses is its renting period. The advantage of it when compared to other touring vehicles is that the service is tailored: you can freely discuss how long your trip will be and which places you want to visit.

Another great thing about charter buses is most of it, depending on the company, have bathroom facilities and have other sort of amusements like TV/DVD combination, tables for dining, lounge seats, and even Wi-Fi access.

One of New York City’s reliable charter bus service companies, Abraham’s Trans Service will do whatever it takes to insure your safety and provide you a different experience on every trip. With over a decade of professional traveling service in, to, and around New York, Abraham’s now welcomes corporate accounts. Special rate packages are also available for company outings, wedding service, and educational field trips. If you have other transportation needs, you can contact Abraham’s Trans Service anytime.

Top New York Destinations
· New York is probably one of the most populated in terms of tourists. Who could blame them? New York is a beautiful state. Aside from California, New York is also an entertainment capital with soaring concerts and Broadway events from time to time. If you feel like it, Times Square is your destination.

· Are you a budding broker or always in a hype for stocks? Wall Street is your destination.

· If you feel like shopping, splurge at the famous 5th Street or at the Soho — or if you want some “star sightings.”

· Club hopping? New York City has it everywhere. Just take your pick.

· Niagara Falls, yes? Enjoy the breath-taking falling of the waters and the coldness of Niagara. Who said New York is just a city? Though there is Central Park in the heart of New York, it is a big state, there are more than 12,000 acres of undeveloped natural land and 26,000 acres of parkland in the big city alone.

To know more of New York’s top destinations for tourists contact Abraham’s for charter bus service.

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07 Jul 2014 Cheap Flights to New York : Car Hire Tips

Due to high prices prevailing in the market travel to destinations has become a heck for most of the people. There is a need for cab or taxi for traveling to long distances within a cheap rate.

Cities like New York have many fantastic public transportation systems to take tourists all around the city. Most of the cars need parking taxes, which are quite high.

The traveling cost is high in New York and hiring cars has many problems like

1. Tourists don’t know rates and efficiency of many taxi drivers
2. Drivers are new to routes
3. There is a lack of proper analyzing feature.

In order to find a good car first it should be know of types of cars available in the market. Car hires are provided by many companies or agencies.

Some of the car types provided by rental companies are

1. Economy car
2. Compact car
3. Mid size car
4. Full size car

The car rentals vary from $15 to $20 depending on the car type. A Full Size car can carry 5-9 passengers and it generally opted by large families or a tour group having members more than 5 and if tourists are ready to pay more they can even hire luxurious multi- facilitated vehicles.

Points to remember to have a safe car journey are

1. Car Rental period
2. Conditions for using vehicle
3. Getting informed about the daily rates + Inclusive rates + Taxes and Tips
4. Prepay amount
5. Convention rates
6. Extra days rates
7. Policies for returning vehicle

New York has many prohibited areas where the tourists are not allowed to enter and the Taxi drivers should be aware of government rules and regulations at the place. A person who is looking to hire a car should be informed in advance of the security issues by the rental company. Car rental agencies should have travel insurance of their vehicle and it will help travelers to handle any accidental disaster. The cars should be equipped with special security features to provide tourists with high security and safety.

Charge rates of the cars: Major Issues

Some taxi drivers ask for higher payment on reaching the destinations and the travelers should bargain in advance about the travel costs and get the prices fixed. The traveler should have advance knowledge of complaints numbers that is needed in case of any illegal activity done by the taxi drivers and safety should be a priority of the travelers.

07 Jul 2014 New York City Business Travel Destination Guide

New York is a city that truly has something for everyone. The diverse residents from around the globe make New York unlike any other city in the world. A major destination for business travel, New York is home to countless businesses and is a world economic capital. When traveling to New York City, business travelers are often surprised by the high cost – including meals, hotels and transportation. Some corporate per diems are not high enough to cover expenses.

Transportation

Airports Serving New York City

There are three airports that you can use when traveling to New York City – John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), La Guardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). JFK, the largest of the three airports, began service in 1948 and has since grown to five times it original size. Located just 15 miles from downtown Manhattan, transportation options range from public transportation to taxis and hired cars.

La Guardia is smaller than JFK, servicing about half the number of passengers as JFK. It is located closer to downtown Manhattan than JFK, just 8 miles. Transportation options include public bus service from the airport to all areas of the city, bus service to Grand Central Station and Penn Station via the New York Airport Express Bus and as always, taxis and hired cars are available.

The Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), across the Hudson river in New Jersey about 16 miles from midtown Manhattan is also a good option for business travelers. Currently, Newark airport is undergoing a five year renovation project to its B terminal.

Taking the Train to New York City

For East Coast business travelers, New York City is easily accessible by taking the train. Amtrak offers several routes that travel between New York City and numerous East Coast cities.

The Acela Express train runs from Washington, DC to Boston, with stops in Philadelphia and New York City. Business travelers will find the Acela has amenities not offered on other trains, and travels at speeds up to 150 miles per hour. You will get to your destination sooner than the other trains, but a ticket on the Acela comes at a premium cost.

Getting Around the City

New York City is known for its hectic traffic – but don’t worry, getting around is not as hard as it may look. Taxis and the metro are the primary forms of transportation for business travelers.

When getting around or asking for directions, all you need to remember is compass directions and have the right vocabulary. “Uptown” is when you are heading north towards higher numbered streets while “downtown” is when you are traveling south. You will go to the “East Side” or “West Side” when you are crossing the island. And be aware of building numbers which often don’t follow logical patterns.

What to See

If you are lucky enough to have some free time while traveling to New York City, you will find you have endless options to keep you entertained. Known as the city that never sleeps, there is always something to do in New York no matter the time. Home to many world famous attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Empire State and Chrysler buildings and over 20,000 restaurants and 150 museums, you will never run out of something to do while visiting this exciting city.