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August 17, 2007

This is the part of the show where you get to contribute and possibly affect the life of the author.

Steph’s mom comes into town next week for an extended stay.  We’re excited to see family.  And since it’s just Steph’s mom coming, we’ll all be able to cram into the Sable.  It’ll be a tight fit, but doable.

In October, Steph’s sister is coming out to visit for two weeks.  During those two weeks, 2 other, possibly 3, friends of ours (Steph’s sister’s roommates) are coming as well.  No way we can all fit in the Sable.  Aside from asking to borrow people’s mini-vans on campus, I’m thinking our options narrow down to renting a car.

So here’s the rub:

1) Do we rent a mini-van for those 10 days when it’ll be more than just Steph’s sister at a cost around $600-700, which will allow for all of us to fit in one vehicle?


2) Do we instead rent a small car for those 10 days at a cost around $400 and we take the rental and our Sable for all of our excursions?

Note: the gals who are coming will be contributing to the rent-a-car-fund.

Pros for #1 — less gasoline needed, we’ll all be in the same vehicle which allows for more interaction

Con for #1 — more cost up front

Pro for #2 — less cost up front

Cons for #2  — more gas used, won’t all be in the same vehicle


So what say you?  Which is the better option?  Any good rental car stories to go with?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 17, 2007 1:12 pm


    I suppose if you get a really fuel efficient rental (an Aveo or Versa) you may do alright on the fuel. With a full load of folks in a mini van you may not have the gas mileage you would expect. Another thought is, how long will you be in the cars away from each other? There is always the option of a 2-way radio between cars too.

    My story to you. Company sends 5 of us to training in Santa Clara last fall. We’re all, either tall or full of girth, or both. Company gave us an HHR from Chevy. We looked like clowns bailing out of the car at class, restaurants, the mall. The feller driving this bottoming out gem couldn’t really drive too well. More than once in the trip did I see my life flash before my eyes as we careened off curbs, over flowerbeds, and almost plowed into the rear of a PARKED dump truck. Needless to say, most of us will never rent an HHR, nor ride with our co-worker again…

  2. August 17, 2007 9:32 pm

    sarah told me…… lurker.
    so. how long you been lurking my blog?
    you’re in so much trouble!!!!

  3. August 17, 2007 9:50 pm

    Um, Mandy, you didn’t leave a comment about car rental stuff at all. That’s minus 2 points.

  4. August 17, 2007 10:10 pm

    Well, I give Mandy back 5 points for having “pantyhose of giant strength”. 😉

    I recommend the mini-van. Before we bought our minivan, we rented one a couple of times while family was here and it really made things easier. Especially if you are planning any trips out of the 1/2 hour vicinity. You can relax and enjoy family even while you are driving. Plus your not adding wear and tear to your vehicle.

  5. August 20, 2007 1:41 am

    yeah, I vote for the minivan option too, if you can swing it. It ups the family time, saves on gas & pollution, and drastically reduces parking nightmares if you plan to spend much time in Boston.

  6. August 24, 2007 11:54 pm

    Bicyles. Everybody will get in great shape, saves on gas, is good for the environment, teaches the youngsters balance and hard work, is probably cheaper, makes life slow down so you can enjoy it… I really don’t see any holes in my idea.

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