Sometimes the best option is to rent a car when you travel. I knew that for this trip I wouldn’t have time to properly review a car, so I didn’t even bother trying to ask for a press mobile. I wouldn’t have been able to do it the justice of a proper review. Yes, rental is the best option for this trip, this time. This was a two day turnaround trip to go see my mother for a surprise birthday visit. My step-father and I had made the plans and I’d be flying in for the weekend to surprise her. Flying out of Reno on Friday morning, landing in O’hare a few hours later, and flying back on Sunday in time for work on Monday. It’s an exhausting trip, but it was worth it to see the surprise on my mother’s face when I greeted her to her celebration.
While I was taxiing the runway, my wife was making arrangements with Enterprise for me to have a “Jetta or similar” waiting for me when I arrived at the rental counter. When I arrived, I presented my reservation number and they walked me out to the lot to select a car. They said “All we have in the midsize class right now is a Kia Soul and a VW Bug”. I’m sorry, but are either of those actually considered midsize? I look over a few spots and see a Jetta, so I point it out to the nice young lady helping me and say “What about that one?” She swiftly replies that this Jetta is a “Premium midsize”. Um… If my reservation says Jetta or similar, shouldn’t I get a Jetta if there’s one available? She wanted to upcharge me another 10 bucks a day for the privilege of driving the car I’d had on my reservation. I don’t understand rental companies or their stupid rules. She acquiesced and I got my Jetta at the reserved rate. Here we go, Chicago to Southwest Michigan and back in two days. Join me, will you?