2023 Upgrades

Old Jan 8, 2023, 3:39 pm
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2023 Upgrades

Status: PP
Location: EWR
Booked: Intermediate
Offered: Chevy Malibu
Received: same

EWR seems to be broken in terms of automation. The app wouldn't work (really, does it ever lately?). Car assignment is whatever one of the lot rats brings up. Offered this car and was told there were no other options. The sole exit was clogged with cars and the QR code thing didn't work. All told it was about 45 minutes from entry to exit.

It's not awful, around 10K miles, not all banged up like my last rental, and seems to lack all the safety nannies I hate, so there's something to be said for a car that has never been updated and probably never will be updated as it's the last GM sedan sold in the US, aside from Cadillac.
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Old Jan 8, 2023, 5:59 pm
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Booked: Midsize SUV
Offered: Buick Enclave
Received: 2019 Ford Escape w/ 30k miles

Booked this hoping for an upgrade to a Wrangler which I saw in the forum earlier, but they said none were available. I didn't need an enormous SUV, especially for driving around Hana, so I asked them to give me something in the category I booked. Car was fine, but definitely did not benefit much from my status here.
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Old Jan 13, 2023, 12:26 pm
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Location: IAD
Booked: Full size
Offered: Cadillac CT4
Accepted: Cadillac CT4

Asked the app for something else but nothing offered - and I wasn't willing to do wait in el line to do battle.





Not FL plates.

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Old Jan 20, 2023, 11:09 am
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Booked: Full size
Offered: Nothing in App
Accepted: Chevy Tahoe w/60k miles

Second week in a row where the app just didn’t work at SLC. Had very good upgrades out of here last year but the ski season seems to have really disrupted their ops. 0 premium options on the lot. Basically choice of Chevy or Ford large SUVs.
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Old Jan 20, 2023, 1:47 pm
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Offered: Lexus GX 460
Accepted: Lexus GX 460

Couldn't get the app to work and just took what was offered.




This time TN wins!

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Old Jan 22, 2023, 12:33 pm
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Hmm. Maybe not originally from TN. The left trunk has a sticker from Oceanside Auto Center. I doubt TN is near an ocean. But don't the used purchases tend to have FL plates?
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Old Jan 22, 2023, 2:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Auto Enthusiast
Hmm. Maybe not originally from TN. The left trunk has a sticker from Oceanside Auto Center. I doubt TN is near an ocean. But don't the used purchases tend to have FL plates?
That's usually what I've gotten on the high mileage Avis rentals - FL plates.

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Old Jan 22, 2023, 9:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Auto Enthusiast
Hmm. Maybe not originally from TN. The left trunk has a sticker from Oceanside Auto Center. I doubt TN is near an ocean. But don't the used purchases tend to have FL plates?
There is (or maybe was) some county/counties in Tennessee which don't have a registration tax and don't require the owner to present the vehicle in state.
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Old Jan 23, 2023, 12:53 am
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There is (or maybe was) some county/counties in Tennessee which don't have a registration tax and don't require the owner to present the vehicle in state.
Licence plate shows Morgan County, TN. Quick search shows Morgan charges a vehicle registration tax.

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Old Jan 24, 2023, 12:20 pm
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Location: DEN
Booked: Standard SUV
Offered: 2023 GMC Yukon Denali AWD
Accepted: 2023 GMC Yukon Denali AWD

A very nice upgrade and certainly beats the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that Avis SLC offered me last year during ski season! App also offered a 2022 Yukon XL.

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Location: New Orlenas Downtown (MS1)
Booked: Full size
Offered: Not an airport location - app didn't offer anything
Accepted: Lexus NX300

I've always have bad luck with Avis downtown locations so the Lexus is definitely appreciated.
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Old Jan 29, 2023, 8:43 pm
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Location: ORD
Booked: Intermediate
Offered: Hyundai Palisade
Received: same, 35K miles

For once, the app worked. Checked other options vs this really ugly blob but it was the best on offer. U
nfortunately the scan n go thing at the exit was broken so there was a decent wait, but otherwise pretty painless now that the train goes to the rental car facility, so no waiting in the cold for a nasty bus.
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Old Feb 3, 2023, 4:17 pm
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Booked: Full Size
Offered: Dodge Charger
Received: 2023 Ford Edge

other options were outlander and a 2019 ford edge that smelled terrible
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Old Feb 3, 2023, 11:47 pm
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Location: SAN
Booked: Midsize
Received: Cadillac CT5 350t

Annoyingly the app acted like I'd already left with the vehicle and so didn't offer me the option to switch vehicles, but with 9k miles it's a pretty nice upgrade so didn't bother me too much.
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Old Feb 4, 2023, 9:55 pm
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Offered: 2017 Acura MDX w/ 50k miles...
Received: 2023 Cadillac CTX 4 (changed booked vehicle to full size)
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Old Feb 5, 2023, 9:32 am
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Booked: Group G Premium - VW Passat or Similar
Received: Group S 7 Seat SUV - Toyota Highlander

Didn't mind the change however with it being an entry level Toyota it didn't have Sat Nav or Android Auto, so I guess if they had given the group booked the car would have had more toys. Nothing else available, next time I think I will stick to airport locations, especially somewhere like San Diego being so close. The rental was a few days after the flight, hence collection location.
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