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.
With their white insignia emblazoned on their jackets, the professional parkers of Northern Valet stand vigilant to handle car parking duties at private events and at 17 venues throughout the city, including One Restaurant, Woodbine Racetrack, and The Four Seasons Hotel. When drivers pull up to any one of these haunts and hand over their keys, they can relax in the knowledge that their vehicle will be stowed in a lot with constant security, safe from vandals and stray tow trucks. When it's time to leave, the valets quickly retrieve rides and pull them up to the curb so car-owners can make a graceful exit with a minimal wait time.
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.
A taxi can get you home, but not in your own car. The coachmen of Driverseat offer a suite of transportation services that not only take clients wherever they need to go, but do so in their own vehicles. Whether clients need a ride after a few drinks at the bar, chauffeuring services, or transportation for an elderly family member, the team arrives at a meet-up point and safely commandeers client vehicles wherever they need to go. The service even allows clients to book a pickup from home to the airport in their own vehicle, complete with a return pickup and drop-off.
Tri-City dresses speed demons with specialty clothing for ATV driving, snowmobiling, and motorcycling. Strap on a pair of Fly MX gloves for full-throttle gripping ($14.95 kids, $19.95 adults), or cradle crania without the requisite lullabies by opting for CKX full-face helmets ($49.95 kids, $69.95 adults). CKX snow gloves ($29.95) and boots ($59.95) warm the digits of daredevils, and Shoei motorcycling helmets deflect attacking gravel and insect militia ($99).
Limousines, town cars, stretch SUVs, and vans—AiRoute Limo’s armada of luxury autos gives passengers a variety of options for stress-free road trips. The chauffeurs can arrange packages to suit events such as weddings by decking out limos in decorations and providing champagne and shackles for cold feet. As they travel the whole of the Greater Toronto Area, they also organize Niagara Tours in spacious shuttles that accommodate more than 20 guests. Along excursions to the mammoth waterfalls, the chauffeurs ferry passengers to destinations such as scenic wineries and the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Guests can also stop to do some leisurely sightseeing and to try their luck at local casinos.