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Dear BPN community,
I am coming to Berkeley as a visiting scholar for 9 months starting Sept the 1st. My
family consists 2+2 (kids: 1.5 and 11 years old). Most of the time I will be with my
younger baby, my husband and son will come only for 1 month at the beginning and maybe
for a longer period (max 3 months) in the second semester.
Is the car essential? I am going to stay in Emeryville. What is the better
option to buy or to rent (e.g for the weekends). I would prefer to buy but probably what
I can afford is a relic and then I am afraid of additional costs: repairs etc. On the
other hand I would like to do a bit of sightseeing. I am a bit afraid to use a
craiglist. Are there any option to buy a car from a dealer with their agreement to buy
it back after 9 months?
I think you will want a car. Public transit
from Emeryville will involve a series of bus/shuttlebus and BART. Purchasing
from a dealer and selling back is not likely, but you be able to get a
short-term lease -- especially if a dealer has a car sitting on its lot that it
wants to move. I was able to get a one-year lease at one point. Not sure about
nine months, but you can always ask. AboutTheSame
Dear BPN community,
I have been looking through the archives, but the last post
was 2004, so it would be great to get a recent feedback:
we are looking for a cheap rental car for about a month in
Jan/Feb- ideally less than $20/day. Any recommendations
greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I recommend Doherty's Car and Truck Rental in El Cerrito.
Doherty's Car and Truck Rental:
10895 San Pablo Avenue
El Cerrito, CA
Have you tried Priceline.com? You name your price and they
find an agency that is willing to accept it. I use them for
all of my rental cars and get an econo car for $20/day. My
rentals are always for 2-3 days though and not a month. The
only downside is that you have to give them your credit card
# up front and they charge you the full amount when your
offer is accepted. You run the risk of having to pick up
a car in Timbuktu but never I have never had that problem
- the car has always been at the airport I am flying into
and the experience has always been a good one. anon
My family and I need to find a car when we are in BOSTON in
May that we can drive to OAKLAND. Car rental places tack on
a huge ''one-way'' fee! Does anyone have any suggestions?
You may want to check Craigslist in Boston for anyone who is
looking for someone to do just what you want to do. If
that's a dead end, then you might be better off just buying
a car in Boston for about the same it would cost you if you
did the rental car one-way. You can always sell the car once
you arrive at your destination. Good luck!
Look up car companies that drive people's cars across the
country. When I had mine driven from Boston to Berkeley
they had a college kid do it and it was reasonably priced.
More informally, you could put up a notice on Craigslist
or a college bulletin board for the city you wish to leave
We are looking to rent a car (possibly a van) in December
for a week (long drive). Looking for recommendations on a
agency that has nice, clean cars. We almost always rent
from Hertz, but notice their rates are much higher than
others. Would like to hear about others experiences with
Alamo, Dollar, Budget and if they would recommend their use
for a family with young children. js
As a travel agent I have dealt with all of these companies.
Since you in the U.S., they are reliable and safe options as
your personal car insurance covers you in your rental. To
find a good deal, first check Expedia for a general range of
prices. Then see if your frequent flier miles are tied into
points for the rental. Also, AMEX offers discounts as does
I rent a car maybe once or twice a year, so not frequently
enough to join premium plans. I usually just go with the
best deal I find on Expedia for the agency that's most
convenient to where I am. Haven't hd any problems.
I'd love to rent a VW camper for a couple of weeks this summer to travel with
husband and 4 month old baby. Does anyone have a recommendation for
where to rent one at a reasonable price in Northern California? Also, any
experience traveling with an infant in a camper? Thanks!
Hi, you might look at the last couple of Recommendations Given
newsletters, re. Calif. Campers (in Redwood City) tel. 650-346-
2871 www.californiacampers.com. We had mixed experiences with
the Westy's themselves on our latest trip (last year). CA
Campers has vintage late 1980's vans.
former Westy renter
Car Rental for Extended periods
Some friends of mine (visiting professor) are coming to
Berkeley for 3 mos. and they're looking for an inexpensive
car rental. They received a quote for $2600 through one of
the major agencies! That seems way too high. Have I just
been out of touch with car rental prices, or does anyone
know of a reliable, reasonable car rental agency in the
Dogherty's in El Cerrito will rent cars by the month. My recollection
is that you can rent a car for $400-500/month, perhaps as high as $525,
but this is still significantly lower than the quote your friend got
through a major agency. Dogherty's specializes in moving trucks, but
they have a range of Fords in different sizes for more reasonable
monthly rental. Their phone number is 234-6025 and they keep regular
hours of something like 7AM-6PM.
I need to rent a car for visiting relatives. I was wondering if anyone out
there can recommend an affordable rent-a-car outfit, or would be interested
in renting their own car. The dates are July 22-29 (not necessarily all
days) and then again in August. We intend on doing small trips, probably
500 miles in all.
Thanks a lot!
We just made a trip to LA and we rented a car from the Pay Less car rental. The price was
unbelievably cheap! we paid $14 a day. their office is close to the airport, a bit far, but they
have great deals!!! Log on to travelocity.com and make a search there.
I got a very cheap rental via Priceline. Disadvantage is that I had to
pick it up in SF. Advantage:$30 a day for something that usually is $60.
If you are interested in a used rental car - Try
Rent-A-Relic in Oakland - near MacArthur BART. They
have a small and helpful staff with good reliable used
cars. Their prices are reasonable and typically give
100 free miles a day. The number is 510-601-6560
I have just rented a mini-van so we can tour around some visiting relatives
from Budget at 600 Gilman. Their weekend rate was 1/2 everyone else's. We are
getting 300 free miles, and then I believe it was 18 cents per mile
thereafter. I haven't actually rented the van yet so I can't say I've had a
good or bad experience, but their rates were certainly competitive
To the person looking for a car rental. We too found
the prices very high when arriving in Berkeley a few
months ago. We used Entreprise because they were
around the block from where we lived, but I have since
heard of a company called Rent-a-Relic, where you can,
well, as you can imagine...The cars are not new, but
they're supposed to work properly. I don't have their
number but they're in Berkeley or Oakland I think.
Check out the travel section of the Chronicle for companies offering special
deals. Also, Dollar Rent A Car has a web site that offers special deals. It is
www.dollar.com. We justed to used them to rent a mini-van for $200 a week with
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