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Consolidated "Renting at SFO; What Kind of Cars to Expect?" Thread

Consolidated "Renting at SFO; What Kind of Cars to Expect?" Thread

Old Oct 14, 2023, 11:06 am
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Originally Posted by Evan_S
Anybody had any experience what would get for a T2, is a Yukon likely or something else ?
Name on the board, received a Nissan Armada, didnt check the kms but looked almost new.
no complaints with that.
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Old Nov 20, 2023, 5:36 am
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Arrived yesterday (Sunday) around 1500. PC was fully-stocked with numerous mid-size SUV; I noted Ford Edge, Nissan Rogue, Kia Sorrento, Ford Explorer, Honda CR-V, Chevy Equinox, and a Volvo XC-40 among the options. I also noted a single Chrysler Pacific PHEV minivan. For sedans, a single Chrysler 300, numerous other full-sizes, and some Mustangs, Challengers, and Camaros in base trim for coupes. Randomly, there was also a Nissan Frontier crew cab pickup and a 4 door Jeep Wrangler.

It wasn't that crowded so I poked around the SUVs and picked an L4 GMC Acadia AWD SLT with AZ plates, 8,900 miles on the odometer, and working Sirus/XM.
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Old Dec 10, 2023, 6:56 pm
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Dec. 9 around 9:30 am, a pretty decent selection in PC, including Tesla Model X, Merc GLA, Alfa Stevia, plus a whole bunch of midsize sedans and SUVs. Considered the Stevia, but it was a little beat up. Wound up taking an XC-60 with under 1500 miles.
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Old Jan 22, 2024, 2:46 pm
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Planning on renting a Model Y and taking it up to Tahoe in February. Have prepaid for the rental direct with Hertz right now.

Does anyone know if the tires are M+S and or if the chain guys on the side of the road have ones that could accommodate a Model Y tires if CHP requires it?

Or should I switch to a traditional SUV that will likely be all wheel drive and get one with M+S rated tires?

We would also be carrying 3 sets of skis (1 adult, 2 kids) and the 4 boots (hockey bag) and 2 other checked bags + back packs.
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Old Feb 26, 2024, 10:56 am
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Originally Posted by dP21
Planning on renting a Model Y and taking it up to Tahoe in February. Have prepaid for the rental direct with Hertz right now.

Does anyone know if the tires are M+S and or if the chain guys on the side of the road have ones that could accommodate a Model Y tires if CHP requires it?

Or should I switch to a traditional SUV that will likely be all wheel drive and get one with M+S rated tires?

We would also be carrying 3 sets of skis (1 adult, 2 kids) and the 4 boots (hockey bag) and 2 other checked bags + back packs.
Answering my own question for those in the future.

Changed rental to an AWD SUV (L) which had all-seasons with M+S. It was a Ford Edge with <100miles

We ran into dodgy weather going up to Tahoe on the 50; recommend folks to learn about R1/2/3 states if they do the same trip as we still needed to carry chains within the car.
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Old Apr 9, 2024, 11:44 pm
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I went on the 31st of March at 12am. The lots were fully loaded.

Typical compact sedans and subcompact Crossovers in Gold
But a VW Taos and Hyundai Kona N-Line were in there

Presidents Circle was basically Rogues, Edges, Escapes, 1 Santa Fe. But out of the plethora of Edges, 2 of them were Titanium (Cooled seats, 180 degree camera, bunch of goodies), I took one with 16k miles and was a happy clam.
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Old Apr 12, 2024, 8:28 am
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Apologies if it's out of line to ask this in this thread, are we able to drive back to SFO should we have a change in mind of the car (fully fueled) but continue with the same reservation being a PC? And does all cars in the PC aisles be able to take it for a one-way rental? Will be ending the trip at LAX.
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Old Apr 19, 2024, 9:03 am
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11 pm Thursday, 4/19. My string of good luck ended. PC selection was awful. A bunch of high mileage strippers - Rogues, Kia's, etc., with a some base level Mustangs and Ford Edges. There were several customers wandering around complaining about the selection and hoping staff would bring out something decent. No such luck. I wound up taking a Mustang hardtop w/24k miles. Wow this is a loud car.
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Old Apr 23, 2024, 8:15 pm
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Late Tuesday night (4/16) I scored a Nissan Rogue with just 500 miles on it. I was happy with it.
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Old May 24, 2024, 4:17 am
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Pay for W4 or take pot luck on the PC lot?

I have a W4 (Infiniti QX30 or similar) booked for 7 Jun. I could save myself $20 a day and just book myself a Group C and take pot luck from the PC lot.

As a PC - what kind of upgrade is likely on a W4 booking at SFO?
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Old May 24, 2024, 5:09 am
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Originally Posted by pjh981
As a PC - what kind of upgrade is likely on a W4 booking at SFO?
There's no guaranteed upgrades for this class so any upgrade would be an exceptional case.
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Old May 24, 2024, 4:11 pm
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Last Monday morning around 8am. PC was packed. One lime green Mini. Maybe two larger sedans. Everything else was an SUV - the majority medium SUV, but one or two larger ones.

Thankfully for the first time ever I actually wanted an SUV, so it was perfect - left with a Kia Sorento with 1500 miles on it. Only complaint was that not a single SUV I looked at (and I checked many) had the luggage screen in the trunk.
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Old May 27, 2024, 1:52 am
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Originally Posted by pjh981
I have a W4 (Infiniti QX30 or similar) booked for 7 Jun. I could save myself $20 a day and just book myself a Group C and take pot luck from the PC lot.

As a PC - what kind of upgrade is likely on a W4 booking at SFO?
Usually never see upgrades on a Prestige / Adrenaline class. It's not a guaranteed benefit, but I sometimes get upgrades on lower classes like Q4 or L or I at SFO.

Was assigned a W4 on a Q4 res the other day, for example.

Also, speaking of SFO, I've been out here a dozen times in the past few months and the PC lots are really so much worse than pre-corona. Mostly just a sea of small-midsize SUVs. Lots of Rogues and Edges. Rarely see 7 seater SUVs, and if I do, it's probably a Sorrento (yuck). At least SJC tends to have a lot of Explorers. Never any nicer sedans here, doubly so now that Polestars and Model 3s are making their way out of the fleet. I'm lucky if I get to take a Malibu with leather. Occasionally a turbo 4 Mustang (I see these in Zone 3 far more than PC, actually), but never any GTs anymore. The days of every other rental being a V8 Charger/Challenger/Mustang/Camaro are long gone.

Despite the small lot, OAK on average probably has the best PC selection of the Bay area airports IMO. Sad to see how much worse SFO has gotten.

Last edited by Roona; May 27, 2024 at 2:08 am
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