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Leigha
04-27-2004, 09:50 PM
I've had my heart set on a convertible for our June 3-12 trip. I think it would be the icing on the cake for my 2 DD! The cheapest I can find is to book through Southwest with code WN917 through Dollar for $367. That's a lot of money for a person who ususally wants to go the cheapest route. Will this even be worth it? Does a convertible make that much difference? We're starting off at Universal, on to Disney then Vero Beach. Opinions, please!!

CarolA
04-27-2004, 10:05 PM
I will put it this way.

I love my convertible. However, if the tempature gets much over 90 it gets VERY hot and the A/C has to struggle to keep up. THe back seat is just plain hot! LOL! I live with it, but it is something to consider.

I have been known to put both a regular car and convertible on "hold" and cancel one once I get the weather forecast (rain is really bad!)


If I were you and you really want one, I would try Priceline.

GAIL HAYDEN
04-27-2004, 11:35 PM
Originally posted by CarolA
I will put it this way.

I love my convertible. However, if the tempature gets much over 90 it gets VERY hot and the A/C has to struggle to keep up. THe back seat is just plain hot! LOL! I live with it, but it is something to consider.

I have been known to put both a regular car and convertible on "hold" and cancel one once I get the weather forecast (rain is really bad!)


If I were you and you really want one, I would try Priceline.



Carol,
If you go REALLY REALLY fast, you don't notice the heat and you don't need the AC. :)
I am really beginning to LOVE the rate I got from Alamo. 8 days, all taxes and fees, 241.89.

JKanownik
04-28-2004, 07:47 AM
DH and I rented a Sebring convertible when we drove from WDW to Cocoa Beach for our May 2002 honeymoon. It was nice to have the convertible and we have some great pictures. Unfortunately, it was in the 90's every day and way to hot to take advantage of leaving the top down too often. I would say that if you have children, you may want to reconsider and save your money. They would probably be miserable without the A/C and have a greater risk of getting sunburned. DH and I were sunburned and we applied sunscreen before we left the airport.

ducklite
04-28-2004, 08:24 AM
I just had one this past weekend--flew into Tampa, drove up to the Orlando area, back to the Zephyr Hills area, and back to Tampa. It was a glorious day, high's in the upper 80's, and it was wonderful to have the rag top. I wasn't hot at all.

I did get sunburned from just driving around.

Keep in mind that you lose a LOT of trunk space with a convertible. It was just me with my tote bag (24 hour trip!) so no worries. But that trunk isn't going to hold more than a couple roll-on bags and a couple tote bags.

I had a Mustang, which is a little smaller than the Sebring, but even the Sebring is going to have limited trunk space.

Also, your DD's will not be able to have any activities, toys, etc. in the back seat with them. At 70 mph with that top down, even an empty cup in the cup holder will start to fly around!

You need to make the decision yourself, but those are some experiences to think about.

Have fun!

Anne

CarolA
04-28-2004, 12:18 PM
The problem is that the Orlando traffic rarely lets you whip around that fast LOL!

New question... how old are the DDs? Do they need car seats and/or boosters. I ask becuase getting a kid in car seat in and out of my car with the top up would be HARD! There is not much room to wiggle around back there! I have to help the kids from my Browine troop in the back seat with the seat belts (since they rarely get used they are kind of tough) and there just is not much space to work in. I don't know if I could do a car seat.

TZMOM
04-28-2004, 04:07 PM
I used to live in Clearwater and owned a convertible Camaro. It used to get hot as you know what and Gail is right - no trunk space at all - but I did get a good tan. If you want to spend that many $$$, get a car w/a roof & good air + your DD is only 2 & will never remember the car. If you have your heart set on that type of car, wait until she's at least 10 soe at least you'll get "credit" for the memory.:smooth:

Dodie
04-28-2004, 04:50 PM
I think the primary thing to think about when considering renting a convertible on vacation is TRUNK SPACE!

I know it's been mentioned before, but the trunk space in most convertibles is QUITE small. I'm talking one or two thin suitcases small.

JKanownik
04-28-2004, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by Dodie
I think the primary thing to think about when considering renting a convertible on vacation is TRUNK SPACE!

I know it's been mentioned before, but the trunk space in most convertibles is QUITE small. I'm talking one or two thin suitcases small.

DW & I had to put our large suitcases in the back seat because they wouldn't all fit in the trunk.

-DH

GAIL HAYDEN
04-28-2004, 05:35 PM
Originally posted by Dodie
I think the primary thing to think about when considering renting a convertible on vacation is TRUNK SPACE!

I know it's been mentioned before, but the trunk space in most convertibles is QUITE small. I'm talking one or two thin suitcases small.

I have scoped out the Sebring's trunk, and for the 30 mins. each way, that the luggage will be in the car, we will make do. Brook is tiny, so we can stash her in the corner in the back or make room for her in the front (if there are seatbelts) and what does not fit in the trunk, will be in the back.
I have had a Camaro hardtop and the trunk was tiny, I can only imagine what a convert would be like. I now have a miata and I am amazed at how much I can fit in that tiny trunk.
As to Brook, well, she is 27, so, I think the car seat will be ok to pass on. :)
As to sunburns, Sunscreen needs to be applied at LEAST 20 minutes before you hit the sun, otherwise it is useless.

CarolA
04-28-2004, 07:20 PM
Gail,
You have me laughing!

I was actually asking about the OP's DDs.

GAIL HAYDEN
04-29-2004, 12:11 AM
Originally posted by CarolA
Gail,
You have me laughing!

I was actually asking about the OP's DDs.

I knew that, but, I like to toss in a bit of humor here and there. :)

sandyneck
04-29-2004, 09:13 PM
We have rented a convertible three times, mainly because my husband loves it. It is great for those riding in the front, and fairly miserable for those in the back. The kids had to ride with their heads in their laps most of the time because it was so windy. We did a lot of driving though, I guess if you are just tooling around it would be OK. I agree also with the AC dilemma. The Sebring had plenty of room for 4 carryons.

GAIL HAYDEN
04-29-2004, 10:08 PM
Originally posted by sandyneck
We have rented a convertible three times, mainly because my husband loves it. It is great for those riding in the front, and fairly miserable for those in the back. The kids had to ride with their heads in their laps most of the time because it was so windy. We did a lot of driving though, I guess if you are just tooling around it would be OK. I agree also with the AC dilemma. The Sebring had plenty of room for 4 carryons.

My Miata has A/C and I have yet to see the logic in a convertable having A/C. Possibly because I detest A/C period. Never use it in the car and rarely in the house.

Poly Pal
04-30-2004, 05:54 PM
We rented a Mustang convertible on our first trip to Disney World in 1987. Our suitcase would not fit in the trunk so we decided to put it in the backseat (obviously before we had kids!) We could not get the suitcase into the small backseat through the door. We had to put the roof down in the MCO parking garage in order to lift the suitcase over the side of the car into the back seat!

My wife complained that with the top down, her hair got messed up! So, never again since!

Leigha
04-30-2004, 09:33 PM
Thanks for all the great input! I think we'll go for it!!! My DD are 10 and 14. That's old enough to get the credit - which I do consider - and old enough to fit with a possible suitcase too if we had to. I think they are old enough not to complain about the heat and if it gets too bad, we'll just put the top on again, right?!We'll be doing enough short and long trips this time between Universal, Orlando and Vero that we can do it all! I think they'll sacrifice the things they would normally do while driving for an hour to Veo for the pleasure of the convertible. It will most likely be a once in a lifetime thing. I'm considering the size of my suitcase and plan on - famouse last words - packing light. We'll be staying at the BCV which has free laundry. I'm usually up before the kids and don't mind throwing a load in and going to sit by the pool to read while waiting. That brings me to considering Priceline. What are the odds that this could turn out bad? What is the worst that could happen? Off site pick up, small or awful cars?? I've considered Priceline but haven't done it enough to really know about it. I don't want my "once in a lifetime" to turn out badly! I'm not telling the girls, just in case something happens as it is. Please advise on Priceline and thank you SO much for all your input up to this point!!!:D

GAIL HAYDEN
04-30-2004, 11:19 PM
The only problem I could see with that Priceline plan is that you end up with a small convertable, like a Mustang. Which is a great car, but, less trunk than a Sebring.
I have run a few bids through priceline, hoping to beat my rate at Alamo, and absolutely NO dice, they won't even look at a 30.00 a day bid. At that rate, it exceeds my rental without even adding the taxes and fees.

arminnie
05-01-2004, 08:51 AM
Originally posted by GAIL HAYDEN
I detest A/C period. Never use it in the car and rarely in the house.

But do you use it in Orlando (room)?
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I had a convertible for about 20 years - in CA and TX. Didn't need the a/c in CA most of the time but boy did I ever need in it TX.

GAIL HAYDEN
05-01-2004, 09:58 AM
Originally posted by arminnie
But do you use it in Orlando (room)?
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I had a convertible for about 20 years - in CA and TX. Didn't need the a/c in CA most of the time but boy did I ever need in it TX.

Yes, we do and only because the windows don't open.

LauraLea
05-02-2004, 09:11 AM
I got a rate of $199/wk for a convertable from National for our Sept "honeymoon" trip. Just me and DH, but we will have a set of golf clubs with us.

Can we get these in the back seat? How much space will be left for luggage?

We are staying at WL concierge level, and I have considered shipping a box of clothes down early if space in the car will be limited.

I have never even ridden in a convertable, so help from those with experience would be much appreciated.

Thanks........Laura

GAIL HAYDEN
05-02-2004, 10:21 AM
Originally posted by LauraLea
I got a rate of $199/wk for a convertable from National for our Sept "honeymoon" trip. Just me and DH, but we will have a set of golf clubs with us.

Can we get these in the back seat? How much space will be left for luggage?

We are staying at WL concierge level, and I have considered shipping a box of clothes down early if space in the car will be limited.

I have never even ridden in a convertable, so help from those with experience would be much appreciated.

Thanks........Laura

I think you should be fine. The car they use is a Sebring.
What code did you get for that rate? It is excellent. I got 188.00 (with a 20.00 coupon from Sam's club) for 8 days with Alamo (before taxes and fees).

LauraLea
05-02-2004, 05:18 PM
I just used the Emarald Club contract # of 5007125, but I made this reservation over 11 months in advance of when we will use it. I do not remember the rate code, and I did not use a coupon. I do not have Entertainment or Sam's Club, so I am waiting for the date to change on the Vacation Outlet coupons. That would take my rate down to $181.

Laura

Leigha
05-02-2004, 05:43 PM
I saw another post about prices going down so I decided to try it! My first try with National took me from $387. to $359. I looked on the rentalcodes.com site for the Priceless code and took the price down to $332.10. Thats pretty good for 10 minutes of work. So now I'm using the Priceless code, the Ent. coupon of $20. off plus Product code WWEB. My first question is can I use the Priceless code with no problem? My second question is can I use Quick Rent with these discounts? I used to be an Emerald Aisle member but when I called them to get the number I lost, they said it was expired. Would this even benefit me - would I be able to go and pick from the row of convertibles or go to a different line to register? Thanks!:D

GAIL HAYDEN
05-02-2004, 11:02 PM
Originally posted by Leigha
I saw another post about prices going down so I decided to try it! My first try with National took me from $387. to $359. I looked on the rentalcodes.com site for the Priceless code and took the price down to $332.10. Thats pretty good for 10 minutes of work. So now I'm using the Priceless code, the Ent. coupon of $20. off plus Product code WWEB. My first question is can I use the Priceless code with no problem? My second question is can I use Quick Rent with these discounts? I used to be an Emerald Aisle member but when I called them to get the number I lost, they said it was expired. Would this even benefit me - would I be able to go and pick from the row of convertibles or go to a different line to register? Thanks!:D

You cannot use quick rent with coupons. Rejoin EC via the link on Mousesavers.com It costs nothing.
You should have no problem using the Priceless code. You can select your car from the row regardless of how you made the reservation.

From National's site re: Quick rent.

QuickRent Rental Requirements and Exclusions

QuickRent is not available with reservations that contain the following:

National coupons
Special equipment such as child restraint seats, cars equipped with hand controls and ski or luggage racks
Central Bill numbers
Reservations over 30 days


In order to complete a QuickRent transaction, the primary driver must meet the following requirements:

Must meet minimum rental age requirements
Have a clean driving record
Have a valid U.S. or Canadian drivers license
Present an acceptable credit card, with available credit in their name at the time of rental

National Car Rental does not accept debit cards at time of rental. Although a debit card may be accepted online, you will not be able to process your transaction at time of rental.


The following credit cards may be used to complete your QuickRent transaction:
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Canada issued credit cards: American Express


QuickRent is available at the following 50 major aiport locations across the United States.

Click here for a full list of locations.

GAIL HAYDEN
05-02-2004, 11:05 PM
Originally posted by LauraLea
I just used the Emarald Club contract # of 5007125, but I made this reservation over 11 months in advance of when we will use it. I do not remember the rate code, and I did not use a coupon. I do not have Entertainment or Sam's Club, so I am waiting for the date to change on the Vacation Outlet coupons. That would take my rate down to $181.

Laura

Forgot to ask, is that rate with taxes and fees included?

Hopefully when the coupon comes out the rate will not have increased.

DMRick
05-02-2004, 11:34 PM
DH and I rented a Sebring convertible

We got one off the aisle a couple of years ago. My grown daughter and grand was with us and they really wanted it. They seemed to enjoy the suitcases on their laps to Disney. The attendant at National really tried to talk us out of it..said the suticases wouldn't fit...but they did on the laps LOL.

Hubby hated it..said the top came down too low and his vision wasn't good. Said the back wrapped around too much and made too big of a blind spot.

We ran the air as high as we could, and still the front seat was warm (this was January). Grandson and daughter in the back got sunburn. We also found that we didn't feel safe when out of Disney with the top down.

Cured us of ever wanting to buy one, but we got some great pictures of our red convertible. LOL.