Bangin’: Drive It Like It’s a Rental Car06/14/2019
We recently returned from the 2019 Mopars at the Strip event in Las Vegas and had a great time. Of course, it’s always fun and interesting to see the endless amounts of Mopars, both vintage and late-model. But this trip was more fateful than it usually is because of something that happened when we arrived at the rental-car counter. Typically, our travel budgets only allow us to get a small, imported compact. Last year, we were fortunate enough to get a Chrysler 300, but we usually receive some sort of Kia, Hyundai, or Nissan to work out of with our camera equipment.
But this year when we arrived with our reservation in hand, the rental agent literally explained and apologized that he had some bad news. He said, “I’m really sorry, but we’re all out of cars and don’t have anything at the moment. We might have a four-door sedan coming back in soon, if you can wait.” I replied that “we were really running on a tight schedule and actually needed something sooner so we could continue on with our busy day.”
Without his knowing our destination, he then replied that “if it would be OK with us, he could offer us a white HEMI Dodge Challenger that was being washed at the moment, and he would let us have that for the same compact-car daily rate of $39.” After we thought about that for about a tenth of a second, we said sure, “We’d probably manage to make that work.”
The Challenger was obviously a blast to drive and to work out of. The trunk was large enough to accommodate our camera gear and made a great backdrop for some of the photo shoots. And the HEMI engine had lots of great power and added a lot of fun to our trip.
This worked out so well that I think next year we’ll try to reserve another HEMI Dodge Challenger for this trip. I just hope they’re not out of them when we arrive, and instead offer us a Kia or Toyota Corolla for the same rate.
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