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One Thing I Like About Avis and National Over Hertz

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Written by Charlie

Avis, National, and Hertz are all good rental companies but there is one thing I like about Avis and National that I do not like about Hertz.

Over the last couple of years, I have rented more cars than I used to and I have come to appreciate car rental elite status more than I ever thought I would. Since it is so easy to get and keep with various credit cards, I have elite status with Avis, National, and Hertz (among others) and it is worth it!

One Thing I Like About Avis and National Over Hertz

Along with elite status, I have also accrued free days and points with all three programs so I have been using them all recently. Since I had the opportunity to rent from each company multiple times and in multiple locations over the past few months, something was highlighted for me that I had noticed before and it just reinforces why I prefer to rent from Avis and National over Hertz.

Lower Mileage vs Higher Mileage Cars

There are many things that I look for in a rental car but one of the things I like to have is a rental car with low miles. I know they service the cars and even a rental car with “high” miles is still lower than most of the vehicles I have owned over the years but I do like having a car with fewer miles, if I have the choice.

I have noticed that many of the rental cars I have had from Hertz (in the US – not in Europe) over the last couple of years have had quite a few miles on them – most of the time, it is over 30,000 miles. I think the highest mileage car I had this year was at 38,000 miles when I pulled out! That is quite a lot for a rental car from a major company!

A Rental Vehicle with Only 4 Miles On It!

With Avis and National, I consistently get vehicles with very low miles – most of the time with under 1,000 miles. In fact, I recently had a minivan from Avis that only had 4 miles on it when I got in! That is, by far, the least miles I have ever had on a rental car! While the other cars from Avis weren’t that low, they were still pretty low. Only once did I get a car from Avis that had over 20,000 miles on it.

I have experienced the same thing with National. I rented a Chevy Suburban (actually rented a minivan but was upgraded to the Suburban with my elite status) and it only had 600 miles on it. When I returned it, it had close to 5,000 miles on it. 🙂 But, each car I have had from National has come with very few miles and they almost always have that new car smell and feel.

There are some nice things about renting from Hertz – like getting some pretty good upgrade options if you are excited about those things. But, when it comes to cars having lower mileage, I have found that Avis and National are much better at that than Hertz.

Of course, I fully realize that if I had higher elite status with Hertz that my cars I get may have fewer miles but the status I have is fairly similar to status I have with Avis and have had with National in the past so that is the best comparison I have.

What car rental company have you found to have higher mileage vehicles? Has your experience with Hertz been the same.

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.