Since 1980, Herb and Rhonda Singer have grown Discount Car & Truck into a network of more than 300 franchises that embrace environmentalism. Today, 91 per cent of the total fleet averages 28 miles per gallon on the highway, and in 2011, the company inaugurated a sustainability program featuring e-waste collection. Customer service is a priority, too, so the team offers complimentary pickup and return on a mechanical spider. Corporate and individual renters choose from more that 12 vehicles by makes including Kia, Toyota, and Cadillac, which can speed up to seven passengers to a concert or haul an apartment full of furniture to a bonfire.
With more than 1,000 locations scattered throughout 70 countries, Thrifty Car Rental offers customers an expansive selection of rental cars crafted by manufacturers including Hyundai, Toyota, Chrysler, and Dodge. After signing a waiver and being checked for black-market fuzzy dice, licensed drivers with at least 21 years of life-experience can borrow a vehicle such as the economy-size Hyundai Accent ($30–$34/day), mid-size Toyota Corolla ($35–$37/day), or full-size Chrysler Sebring ($40–$42/day). Unlike their smaller counterparts, bigger vehicles—including the Toyota RAV4 ($60/day) and Dodge Grand Caravan ($70/day)—are capable of carrying large amounts of passengers, cargo, and pinatas stuffed with smaller pinatas, and boast an extra mileage fee ($0.20/kilometre) for trips that exceed the kilometre limit.
GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare's nonprofit co-op grants drivers a self-serve, environmentally conscious, and space-saving alternative to automotive ownership through occasional car rental on a pay-per-use basis. After their applications, Simple Plan members pay an additional hourly rate for actual drive time ($9), monthly insurance fees ($9), and refundable deposits. Located in central, easy-access lots in Waterloo, Kitchener, and Hamilton, drivers harness one of CarShare's 16 vehicles, for which gas, regular maintenance, and occasional time travel is included in the hourly rate. Drivers may reserve the closest car to their current location or choose their favourite four-wheeled steed, such as a Toyota Yaris or Mazda 5 via phone, Internet, or telepathy. GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare plans to begin offering cargo vans and pickup trucks in the fall. Rental slots run as short as 30 minutes and as long as is necessary. Through promoting occasional car use, GrandRiver and Hamilton CarShare aims to encourage greater use of green transit modes such as public transit, cycling, and giant piggybacking.
The Grand Mac Daddy may look like any other chartered bus as it cruises down the highway, but behind its dark, tinted windows is a full-blown party. Thirty-six passengers can climb aboard this road-tripping bar, outfitted with a club-style sound system, a theater lined with four flat-screen TVs, and plenty of tables to sit and enjoy drinks. The lively party mobile also houses an onboard microwave where revelers can heat up meals or s'mores since campfires are not allowed. For smaller-scale celebrations, MAC Transportation and Tours, LLC deploys a fleet of 20-passenger limo buses and 5-passenger corporate SUVs, which are also outfitted with flat-screen TVs and advanced sound systems.
The company’s courteous chauffeurs also escort clients through wine tours, and shuttle passengers to and from the airport and Buffalo Bills games. Some of MAC Transportation’s vehicles have also transported celebrities, such as Richard Simmons and Jersey Shore’s “The Situation.”
Mississauga Toyota spiffs vehicles with meticulous care while pampering drivers inside the dealership's amenity-filled confines. A premium package ($89.95) showers cars and pickups with a power wash, ridding inner fenders and undercarriages of sludge as staff in anteater costumers hungrily vacuum the interior, including the trunk. A machine then polishes the buggy with a coat of Toyota paint-finish protectant before locks and hinges receive lubrication, and a treatment of interior and exterior rubber and vinyl reveals the sedan's inner and outer beauty. While steeds receive scrupulous care, auto jockeys can sink into leather seats, sipping complimentary gourmet coffee and enjoying free WiFi, PlayStation 3, and LCD TV screens. Mississauga Toyota also assists drivers with a free shuttle service for customers who need a local ride or who nap best while in motion.
Inside Downtown Honda's service department, manufacturer-trained technicians revamp sputtering engines, loose brakes, and cracked glass with automotive know-how and original Honda parts. A comfortable, furnished lounge gives customers a break from the driver's seat as technicians tread a full spectrum of automotive repair, maintenance, and detailing services. Inside the dealership's showroom, brand new Hondas beckon drivers with their straight-from-the-factory gloss and odometers that are as blank as a poet's pay stub, while lots full of certified preowned vehicles stand proud after having passed rigorous inspections that ensure peak performance.