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Remember when… General Motors Owned Hertz?

Many renters probably knew that Hertz was owned by the Ford Motor Company from 1987 through 2005. Throughout the history of rental cars, auto manufacturers owning rental car companies has been a relatively common practice! Not only does the parent company get revenue for what are effectively test drives by car renters, the manufacturers always had an easy place to dump vehicles that weren't selling well!

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Tampa Airport Rental Car Facility Delayed

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Tampa International Airport has delayed the launch of its new consolidated rental car facility (yes, the one that renters in Tampa are already paying taxes and fees for now). Originally slated to open in the fall of 2017, it's now been pushed into 2018. The delays were blamed on bad weather, which is funny considering that most folks head to Florida to escape the bad weather, but I guess everything is relative.

The 2.6-million-square-foot rental car facility is part of the $1 billion expansion and renovation plan for the airport. The rental facility will be connected to the terminals by the airport's new people mover ("SkyConnect"), and will house 16 different rental car brands. It's something sorely needed at the ninth largest rental market in the country: the current setup is a mishmash of on-airport companies crammed into the ground floor of the regular garage and distant off-airport companies that require lengthy shuttle bus rides from the terminal.

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Portland International Airport (PDX) Airport Car Rental Guide

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Anyone who's traveled through the Portland (Oregon) International Airport (PDX) recently has likely heard the announcements and seen the signage that reminds the visitor that the airport has won Travel + Leisure Magazine's award for best domestic airport four consecutive years (2013-2016). For that reason alone, PDX is a great candidate for our first article in a new series of airport rental car guides!

While the PDX airport is easy to navigate, open, and has a substantial number of user facilities both airside and before security, we know the AutoSlash reader really wants to know all about rental cars and how to use them!

Without any further ado...

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Alamo's 2017 Florida One-Way Drive Out Specials

Alamo One-Way Florida Drive-Out

A couple of days ago we covered Enterprise's Florida one-way out of Florida special. Now Enterprise's sister company has followed suit with their own Florida One-Way Drive Out Deal.

Like the Enterprise special, it's valid between April 1 and May 31, 2017 for Boca Raton, Clearwater, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Key West, Miami, Naples, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm, while in Daytona Beach, Disney Hotels, Melbourne, Orlando and Sanford, the deals start on April 16 and run through May 31, 2017. The offered rate of $9.95 per day applies to Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard and Fullsize vehicles, $19.95 per day applies to Intermediate and Standard SUVs, and $24.95 per day applies to Minivans. Even lower rates may be available at some locations!

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Enterprise’s Seasonal Drive-Out Specials – Escape from Florida with a Cheap Rental Car!

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In our blog post about one-way rentals, we described how many rental companies use low, promotional one-way rates to entice renters to move vehicles from one region to another. The rental car company gets some revenue and avoids the costly alternative of paying car transporters to relocate vehicles on their behalf.

Although it's still January at the time of this writing, Enterprise has already introduced their "drive-out" special to get cars out of Florida in the Spring of 2017. How cheap can these one-ways be? As low as $9.95 per day (plus taxes) for a full-size car!

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