Cars at BUF

Old Sep 9, 09, 9:52 am
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Cars at BUF

Hi guys.

I have a reservation for this Saturday morning. Just wondering if anyone had rented from BUF lately and had any idea what to expect?

I have a premium reserved and have executive status with National.
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Old Sep 9, 09, 12:11 pm
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I'm sorry I can't help you out, but please report back once you get there Saturday. Also if you could post if you saw any vehicles with Canadian plates that would be great. I might have a BUF-YYZ rental coming up and as a Canadian, I can't take a US vehicle over the border. Cheers!
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Old Sep 9, 09, 12:56 pm
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BUF is a counter location only - no Emerald Aisle. I used to rent regularly from BUF (fullsize is usually Impala / LaCrosse) but haven't done so in the last 2 years or so. Last rental was a Premium about a year ago and was a Buick Lucerne. Sorry not real current but I don't think this is a really popular location for Flyertalkers.
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Old Sep 9, 09, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Tuneman1984 View Post
I'm sorry I can't help you out, but please report back once you get there Saturday. Also if you could post if you saw any vehicles with Canadian plates that would be great. I might have a BUF-YYZ rental coming up and as a Canadian, I can't take a US vehicle over the border. Cheers!
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Originally Posted by peteropny View Post
BUF is a counter location only - no Emerald Aisle. I used to rent regularly from BUF (fullsize is usually Impala / LaCrosse) but haven't done so in the last 2 years or so. Last rental was a Premium about a year ago and was a Buick Lucerne. Sorry not real current but I don't think this is a really popular location for Flyertalkers.
thanks.

i am going to give them a call in the morning.
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Old Sep 10, 09, 8:41 am
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called them this morning. they said my options for a premium vehicle will be the following:

- chrysler 300
- buick lucerne
- toyota avalon
- nissan maxima

i am happy with those, so i will probably stick with national.

will post back when i return.
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Old Sep 10, 09, 4:04 pm
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It has been about six months, but the last time I was at BUF I ended up with a Subaru Forester as a midsize.
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Old Sep 11, 09, 9:55 am
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The folks at the counter at BUF have been pretty nice, in my experience. Actually seem to upgrade Exec members, which is rare at counter locations. Although they did once give me the wrong car -- I was driving a Monte Carlo, returned it, and got a call from them two days later asking when I was planning on returning my Jeep Liberty They were very apologetic and resolved the issue without question, though.
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Old Sep 12, 09, 11:25 pm
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I got an upgrade too, back in May. Booked a Full Size for midsize rate as Exec, asked nicely at the counter and was offered a choice between a Maxima and an Edge. Took the Edge and enjoyed it more than expected.
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Old May 23, 10, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by dgr81 View Post
called them this morning. they said my options for a premium vehicle will be the following:

- chrysler 300
- buick lucerne
- toyota avalon
- nissan maxima

i am happy with those, so i will probably stick with national.

will post back when i return.

Any BUF updates? dgr81?
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Old May 24, 10, 4:04 pm
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Rented at BUF a couple times over the past year - standard Emerald Club, Midsize reservations:

Visit 1 - Assigned a 4 cyl Hyundai Sonata, elected to "downgrade" to a V6 Tiburon instead.

Visit 2 - Offered a choice of a Jeep Compass, Dodge Dakota Pickup, or a Dodge Journey as a complimentary "Emerald Club Upgrade." Guessing they were just out of cars at that point, and offering up whatever they had left.
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Old Sep 13, 11, 7:43 am
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Rented here for 2 days recently. Used free 2 free days and of course selected Premium (luxury wasn't available). Upon arriving at the counter I saw a CTS, STS, C70, CC, couple Genesis's and lots of SUV's. The guy in the booth asked me "so what do you feel like today". I said, how about that Cadillac, he obliged and we were on our way in a CTS with 2800 miles on it. It was my first time driving this model year CTS (2012) and it was great. It has one of the greatest sounds of a 4 door sedan. It sounds faster than it is but it's plenty fast 0-60. Overall a great experience in BUF and can't wait to rent again on a paid reservation.
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Old Sep 13, 11, 12:26 pm
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MPV at BUF

Hi,

Gonna pick-up an MPV next week at BUF (first time National rent... in fact first time rent at all )
And yes, I became an Emerald Club member.

The reservation says VVAR. Can't figure out what de first V stands for.
V = ?
V = van
A = automatic
R = air

Anyone have a clue?

Thanks,

awfa
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Old Sep 13, 11, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by awfa View Post
The reservation says VVAR. Can't figure out what de first V stands for.
Welcome to FlyerTalk, awfa! You might be interested in this recent thread which lists many of National's 4-letter vehicle codes (although I don't see VVAR in that thread, so I guess you've turned up a new one).

My semi-educated guess is that one of the V's in VVAR doesn't really stand for anything; it's just that they needed a 4th letter in the code, so they repeated the V (using an X might seem more obvious, but X already seems to have a specific meaning when it's used in the codes).
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Old Sep 14, 11, 8:42 am
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Thanks,

I'll ask about it at pick-up and will post the answer here in a few weeks.

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Old Sep 17, 11, 8:56 pm
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I rented in Buffalo today. No official Emerald Aisle, but club members do go straight to the lot and essentially get their pick. The agent was willing to give me a Mustang except that the keys for it were at the main desk. I ended up with a La Crosse, not bad.
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