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Q: 4-wheel drive truck rental needed in SF Bay Area ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: 4-wheel drive truck rental needed in SF Bay Area
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: mirage-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 14 Jan 2004 10:25 PST
Expires: 13 Feb 2004 10:25 PST
Question ID: 296419
I need to rent a 4-wheel drive pickup truck for 11 days, beginning
January 16th. Any location in the San Francisco Bay Area is
acceptable, but testing will occur in the Sunnyvale / Palo Alto areas.
Most truck rental companies do not rent 4-wheel drive, but this is
absolutely necessary as we will be doing research in a uneven and
potentially muddy field. An acceptable answer will consist of a phone
number and name of a rental company that has available a 4-wheel drive
pickup truck for those 11 days (16-26). If you can manage to find 2 or
more different companies/trucks, that'll be worth a tip as well. Thanks.

If they can't get us the truck for quite that long, the days are
negotiable slightly, but we DEFINITELY need a 4-wheel drive pickup, no
2-wheel drives or SUVs need apply.
Subject: Re: 4-wheel drive truck rental needed in SF Bay Area
Answered By: leader-ga on 14 Jan 2004 11:56 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello mirage:

It was a pleasure to answer your question. I am going to provide you
with three websites that will fulfill your needs. With the help of
these websites you will be able to rent a pick-up truck for your
desired dates. Please read the summary to see what I found while
visiting the website. Below are the results of my findings for your

Kear Rentals
The shortcut for car rental page is:
Kear Rental checks the vehicle rental companies that have the
availability for your desired vehicle type. Please, select a pick-up
truck from the menu of car listings (Best Buys). When I checked, it
provided me with three rate quotes from Budget, Enterprise and Hertz
at San Francisco for a Chevrolet S10, Ford F-150 or similar rental
pick-ups. You may also choose another area for cheaper rates.

Ford Company Rentals
Ford motor company provides consumers a chance to rent a pick-up or
any other vehicle from their authorized dealers. When I typed San
Francisco, it provided me with a variety of locations in the Bay Area.
Although, there was no availability at the first two locations
(including San Francisco) but other dealers had the pick-ups available
for your desired pick-up date. A few had almost two types available
i.e. Ford Ranger and Ford F-150.

City Rent a Car
This is a San Francisco based company which has a Ford ranger and GMC
1500 trucks available for rent. When I checked, they provided me a
form to fill in order to reserve bookings. You might want to call them
for a better and quick response.

A few terms from the Search Criteria used:

?<Pick-up rental san Francisco bay area >?

?<Car rental, san Francisco bay area>?

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you are not satisfied. I will
do everything to locate the pick-up truck of your choice.


Request for Answer Clarification by mirage-ga on 14 Jan 2004 12:59 PST
As was noted by research_help-ga, the requirement is for a 4-wheel
drive pickup. The sites that you've listed have confirmed that they
both rent 4-wheel drive pickups AND that one is available for the
required period?

Clarification of Answer by leader-ga on 14 Jan 2004 13:05 PST
Sorry! I am doing furhter research.

Thanks mirage nad research help-ga:

Clarification of Answer by leader-ga on 14 Jan 2004 14:42 PST
Hello mirage-ga:

I was a little worried after the research_help-ga suggestion. On
further research, I am able to confirm that the 4 by 4 pick-up trucks
are available. Let me know if you need further information, I will be
happy to assist you. May be I should have stated the information more

mirage-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00

Subject: Re: 4-wheel drive truck rental needed in SF Bay Area
From: research_help-ga on 14 Jan 2004 12:17 PST
Leader-ga, I'm sure the asker will notice this and come back to you
too, but did you carefully read the question? Between the title and
the question, the asker mentions 5 times that the truck must be 4
wheel drive. None of the options you give in the answer seem to meet
this requirement. You may want to research further.
Subject: Re: 4-wheel drive truck rental needed in SF Bay Area
From: liner-ga on 14 Jan 2004 13:06 PST
Be careful with the rental agreements.  You might find that the
vehicles are 4WD, but you are restricted to staying on paved roads!
Subject: Re: 4-wheel drive truck rental needed in SF Bay Area
From: mirage-ga on 15 Jan 2004 10:35 PST
Worked out great. The second link led me to a Ford/Lincoln/Mercury
dealer who directed me to their association with Hertz. Turns out that
Hertz was able to get us an F150 and didn't have a problem with
offroad. We even got a pretty good deal (1-week price for all 11
days). Thanks again!
Subject: Re: 4-wheel drive truck rental needed in SF Bay Area
From: leader-ga on 15 Jan 2004 14:03 PST
Thanks for the 5 star rating and the tip. I am obliged.

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