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Upside Down in a Sinkhole -- A Rental Car Incident and Also a Great Cover Band Name


The stories of ill-advised actions of a tiny proportion of rental car users are a nice diversion for the AutoSlash team. We really do work hard to have a system that helps legitimate renters find the lowest possible prices on their rental cars, so Felony Friday is a good source of clean fun (albeit at someone else's expense). And a recent arrest out of Cave City, Kentucky is amusing while raising a few questions. It is also an example of how neither Nissan nor the Super 8 Cave City wish to make the media!

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Worth A Second Look: Amazon Alexa vs. Google Home

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home

AutoSlash's first and foremost passion will always be saving people money on rental car rates, but we'll admit to being fans of futurism, too. We're still waiting for fusion-powered cars (though if company founder Jonathan wants to get us all self-driving Teslas, we'll consider that an acceptable substitute), but in the meantime, we're fans of as much Treknology as we can get our hands on.

And there isn't anything more Star Trek than talking to a computer. Fortunately, we don't have to wait another 300 years for that to happen—as we pointed out last month, Amazon's Echo has very much made that an everyday reality now.

One thing we didn't cover last month was Google's answer to Amazon. Thanks to great holiday sales, I was able to pick up both devices—an Amazon Echo and a Google Home—at a great price, and I've really put them through their paces over the past month so I could share my perspective here.

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Woman Arrested for "Diesel" in a Rental Car

Vin Diesel

We've recently had a lot of mocking fun at the expense of rural Oregonians who have the new-found freedom to pump their own fuel. Apparently, these folks have never traveled outside the State of Oregon. And while the folks in the State of Michigan (and the rest of the nation) have been settled in for a good laugh, Michiganians can also mock one of their own for a recent arrest involving "diesel" in Ohio. We thought our team was "hip" with slang among the mid-50s set until we realized there was a third form of diesel that should never go into the average rental car (the distilled product and the actor are the first two).

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National Car Rental to Live Blog from the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

National Car Rental

January of each year sees Las Vegas host the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a very profitable event for the city where all travel resources -- airfare, hotels, and (sadly) rental cars -- are priced at exceptional premiums! And this year, National Car Rental is attempting to take the mantle of "most tech-oriented rental car company" away from Avis, using live web broadcasts on Twitter with host Andru Edwards.

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Auto Collectors can Now Buy Hertz's 50th Anniversary Rent-A-Racer

Hertz Rent-A-Racer

Our Remember When feature talked about Hertz's original 1966 Rent-A-Racer program and Hertz's commemorative vehicles from the 50th Anniversary produced in 2016. Hertz commissioned 140 Ford Shelby GT-H vehicles for the 50th anniversary but as with all rental vehicles, those cars do need to leave the rental fleet at some point in time. That time is now, and a quick-acting automobile collector can pick up one through Hertz Car Sales. Yes, the same Hertz affiliate that helps dispose of Nissan Versas and Ford Escapes after their rental lives also sells commemorative cars and even the Tesla Model S

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