Four Two for the Price of One

Checking online for a rental car in the Bay Area this summer, I’ve been shocked at what appears to be the going rate for a minivan for a week:  anywhere from $850 to more than $1,200(!).


Which inspired Plan B.

Namely, rent two economy cars instead.

The advantages of such a manuever?

–The rental car companies appear to have a glut of these — and are pricing them accordingly ($200 a week or less).

–My wife — who gets motion sick whenever she’s a passenger — gets to be a driver, too.

–We get to apply two, $50 coupons instead of one.

–My family of five can split up:  I can take our two boys hiking in Muir Woods while my wife takes our daughter to a museum.

–We can rent one car at the airport — by far the most expensive location to rent — and shuttle to a cheaper, off-site location for car #2.

–And last but not least:  if my temper tantrum-prone daughter has a melt-down at one of the social functions we’re invited to — we have a “getaway car” (now that’s what I call leverage).

The Bottom Line

Yes, I know we’ll have to pay more parking and tolls — but we’re staying in a motel with free parking.

And yes, we’ll have to gas up two cars — but factor in the mediocre mileage that minivans get, and I doubt we’re spending much (if any) more.

Bottom line (literally)?

My family and I are going to have a nice vacation this Summer, inflation be damned!

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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