Jeffrey Plourde decided that he wanted to rent a Porsche 911 Cabriolet for his wedding. He and his fiancée made the arrangements months ahead of time, but days before the nuptials the reservation was inexplicably bumbled. He immediately turned to Affinity, recalling a representative’s promise to help out at the last minute if need be, even though Jeffrey had passed on their services initially. Affinity didn’t have a 911, but they acquired one, and gave Jeffrey the chariot he had envisioned for himself and his new bride. This is the type of dependable service Affinity delivers on a regular basis; they decided early on to be a 24/7 rental company so that they could be available in case of accidents or other emergencies.
Years later, they still provide a balance of practicality and whimsy. A fleet of 150+ vehicles boasts everything from Honda Civics to Bentley Continental GTs. Fully insured rental agreements can be scheduled for single occasions or for corporate accounts that come with convenient weekly or monthly billing. Customers can also purchase gift certificates, enabling recipients to arrange rentals on their birthdays or when trying to get into character for home reproductions of James Bond movies.
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.
Green Choice Moto fuses the thrill of riding sleek motorized bikes and scooters with the consciousness of environmental management through its fleet of eco-friendly light electric vehicles. Streamlined electric scooters await purchase or rental, ready to swiftly dispatch errands or tour the city without leaving behind polluting clouds of exhaust or trails of fusion-produced wormholes. The shop's analog bicycles zip along thoroughfares thanks to old-fashioned human muscle, and their e-bikes add to oomph with battery power backed up by expert service and repairs from skilled technicians.
PractiCar's vehicles allow visitors to roam the greater Toronto area with daily, weekly, and monthly rental plans that don't charge an extra fee for additional drivers. Around-the-clock pickup and drop-off service from Pearson International Airport whisks guests to PractiCar's facilities, where Hyundai Accents, Nissan Sentras, and Ford Tauruses await. PractiCar's average vehicle is four years old, meaning the days of burping up motor oil and honking from the crib at 3 a.m. are long over.
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.
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.