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I’ve spent numerous posts mentioning Hertz Rent2Buy program offered here at Hertz Car   Sales.  Shout outs like a celebrity name drop.  Perhaps I did this in the hope that you would do some quick research to supplement what I told you and ultimately decide that the Rent2Buy program is the only way to buy a car or SUV.  After thinking about it some more, I decided that it was overdue to tell you more about the program, so I’m dedicating the article to bringing everyone up to speed on the Rent2Buy program. Let me ask you some questions regarding your last test drive.  Think back for a moment with me (I’ll do it too…): How long did that last test drive take?  I’m talking about the actual test drive now, not your time that the dealer wasted on the “Let’s Make A Deal” quadrant boxes on the back of some random form Did you really get a feel for the vehicle you were test driving? How informative was the test drive? Did you walk away saying, “I want this car!”, or did it feel a little like a gamble that was disguised as an educated guess? The car you probably took on your last test drive Here’s the thing, the average dealer could not care less about whether or not you experience the car you’re about to purchase.  The unfortunate truth is that they want you to drive whatever is available and draw conclusions about what your next car will be.  I did this when I drove a Scion with an automatic transmission when I wanted a manual shift.  “This is all we have…” is what they said.  Just terrible. Drive the car you plan to buy.  That’s it, it’s just that simple.  Especially when we’re talking about the used car market, you must drive the exact car you will be picking up.  You need to see what kind of character it has developed because all cars develop character regardless of whether or not you think they do. Rent2Buy has two amazing versions to choose from.  First, choose the car you want to test drive, which goes back to the notion that you need to test drive the exact car you may end up buying.  Once you’ve chosen that car, you can choose from one of two Rent2Buy options: complimentary two-hour test drive, or a low cost three-day test drive.  When was the last time you went to a dealer that offered you that kind of test drive? Picture taking this beauty for a three-day test drive If you go with the three-day test drive, that cost is credited from the cost of the car should you choose to buy it, making it a win-win in my book.  You can even purchase the car from home so that you don’t have to change your schedule to accommodate the purchase.  If that’s not car buying on your terms, I don’t know what is!

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Courtesy of Oregonlive.com I hate to be the bearer of bad news.  Seriously though, I like to keep things upbeat while keeping you informed about how to take care of your current car or find your next amazing automobile here at Hertz Car Sales.  But it’s come to our attention that a situation is forming around us… traffic accidents are occurring at an increased rate, 8% to be exact (thanks Motor Trend). Automotive safety technology is continuing to advance, but at the same time we’re continuing to be more distracted.  More distracted by continued developments is smartphone technology, like Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and yes, especially the exponentially growing adoption of PokemonGO.  When we’re faced with this level of distracting media, automotive technology has a long way to go to keep up. Tesla recently made news with their recent autopilot accident that occurred in early May.  The gentleman in the driver’s seat engaged the car’s autopilot feature and took his attention away from the road.  I leave out details on purpose because you can simply Google the latest news on this accident to find out what’s evolving in this autopilot incident.  I bring it up to make sure everyone understands that the idea of autonomous driving is still a ways off from where we are now. Automotive safety technology is currently intended to assist the engaged driver, meaning that it’s there to back up the information or decisions of the driver that is actively driving.  It’s not there to be your primary eyes on the road, only your secondary eyes. Let’s get a little more upbeat then now that we’ve cleared the air on autopilot, autonomous driving, etc.  Here’s some models in the Hertz Car Sales lineup that include terrific safety assist features. 2015 Buick Verano See this Verano here The Buick Verano is a staple in the modern Buick lineup.  Verano is synonymous with Camry and Mazda6 in the midsize market.  And rightfully so, because the Buick Verano is just as equipped, expertly styled and well-appointed as these other models in the same vehicle class.  Buick Verano comes with the latest safety features, such as lane departure warning and blind spot detection, safety features designed to protect you from a 21st century traffic threat. 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 See this C300 here Mercedes-Benz is one of the leaders in automotive safety, even if they don’t actively advertise it all of the time.  This C300 comes with one of my favorite features, forward collision prevention assist, which helps you in a potential rear-ender situation. All of these great features are working towards a common goal, collision avoidance, and while they may not be cohesively implemented, you should consider purchasing a vehicle with these features implemented, because having these features is much better than not having these features.

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Summertime, the time to kick back, have a tall cool glass of lemonade or iced tea (or both, thanks to Arnie Palmer), and just enjoy the music. 2015 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible Check out this Mustang Convertible here One of my perennial summer cruising favorites for sure, the Ford Mustang continues to impress, perform and even stun as it drives down Ocean Ave or PCH.  The V6 is the perfect blend of power and fuel efficiency, which is great considering some states (eh hem New Jersey, oh and Washington and Maryland too) are considering raising the gas tax 259% (Yikes Garden State residents!!)  any day now if it hasn’t happened already! The Mustang is excellent in every way, just large enough to pack your main squeeze and the little ones to hit the road, or even take a road trip with your 20-something friends for a long weekend (as long as your average height is less than say 5’8’’).  I guess what I’m trying to say is that in terms of the best cruising vehicles the Mustang is probably one of the most versatile models on the market.  That’s by no accident either seeing as Ford’s been doing this for many decades now! 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLK250   See this beautiful SLK roadster here Here is another favorite of mine… MercedesBenz’s SLK-Class.  Can you believe this year marks the TWENTY year anniversary of this German beauty?!  This, along with the Mazda Miata, is a clear favorite in the two-seat roadster category, sporting sleek lines and great balanced performance.  So if it’s just the two of you, snag one of these awesome finds today! Conclusion Summer is all about relaxing, fun in the sun and cruising the open road.  These are two of the best convertible choices for your summer driving pleasure, so check them out today.  And of course there’s Hertz Car Sales’ Rent2Buy program, which is perfect for a beautiful weekend under the sun.  So check the weather report, pack the sunscreen and swing by your local Hertz Car Sales today!

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Courtesy of jacksonville.com Bear with me as I throw it back to the movie of the year this time twenty years ago, Independence Day.  I haven’t yet seen the latest installment of Independence Day: Resurgence but I’m sure it brings … Continue reading

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Courtesy of CBS Local News There are two major trends currently being discussed in the automotive industry, fully electric cars and self-driving cars.  The topic that is more universal at the moment is self-driving cars since all of the automakers … Continue reading

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Courtesy of mychv.com Like clockwork we’ve come to the end of another school year.  Standardized tests are over, SAT scores are in the books, college acceptances are mailed in and graduation ceremonies and parties are in full swing.  With summer … Continue reading

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Memorial day is only a couple weeks away, and that means it’s time for some serious fun in the sun!  I’ve been waiting for months for this glorious weekend to come around!  I’m ready to hit the beach, catch some … Continue reading

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Courtesy of piedmonttireandauto.com I think I smell a barbecue in the distance.  Oh yeah, that’s definitely the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs at the neighbor’s house!  (Those two items are the grilling staples of the northeast.) And that means … Continue reading

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We are approaching the end of tax season, and if you’re like me you’ve already filed and received your tax refund.  CNN reported that this year’s average refund-to-date is $3,034!  So what can we do with this refund?  Well if … Continue reading

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“It’s the most, wonderful time, of the year…” when the automotive community reconvenes at the Jacob Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan for the annual New York International Auto Show!  Hertz Car Sales had the honor of walking … Continue reading

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Courtesy of sodahead.com St. Patrick’s Day comes around like clockwork as every other annual holiday does.  However in the mainstream there are no holidays that focus more on mediocre food and good luck.  Go figure that those two concepts would … Continue reading

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Courtesy of nydailynews.com 2016 is running on all cylinders as we just “leaped” into March.  The year is flying by for some (I’m raising my hand intensely like that annoying school kid…), but let’s take a moment to remember that … Continue reading

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Courtesy of telegram.com Spring may not feel hot to us but the spring “heat” has a profound effect on how our cars operate.  At the same time we must acknowledge that there can also be cold days, and therefore we … Continue reading

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Courtesy of puraproducts.com Millions of us were just buried by a massive blizzard that dropped over two feet of snow in some parts of the Mid-Atlantic States!  When you think about it though, we’re still averaging much higher than normal … Continue reading

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President’s Day is coming up in mere weeks, which means much needed time off for most Americans. While taking this time off, it’s time to consider getting in on the President’s Day car sales! President’s Day marks the first major … Continue reading

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Courtesy of ask.com Moving away to college is all about a time where you can get away, find yourself, and come home when it’s time to do some laundry or raid your mother’s pantry for snacks and soup (also known … Continue reading

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 Courtesy of autonews.com The seventh installment of Star Warsis coming out towards the end of the year, and with iconic movies and other media comes iconic cars to help represent them.  Cars have long been associated in media, specifically TV, … Continue reading

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 Courtesy of newbostontx.org Trunk or treat is an emerging trend amongst communities looking to provide an alternative to traditional trick or treating.  I know a lot of you reading this are probably accustomed to good old fashioned trick or treating, … Continue reading

Courtesy of hudsonhouston.com Wow!  Maybe it’s just me but this summer really flew by!  Some kids are already back to school, and those that are still hanging on to the few threads of summer that are left have just a … Continue reading

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Courtesy of ptc.com Labor Day is behind us and the kids are back in school…Hallelujah!  Now there’s a particular group of students that we’ll focus on today as we continue on in this back to school celebration.  Today we’re going … Continue reading

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Courtesy of Wikipedia.org Once again July 4th is around the corner!  First and foremost, please make some summer plans if you haven’t already, because summer is going to buzz by before you know it!  Now if you haven’t made any plans yet, … Continue reading

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Autotrader recently named the “10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates” (press release here).  The folks at Autotrader bring up great points regarding the fact that a car should not be purchased simply based on safety or fuel economy, describing … Continue reading

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It’s June, which means that universities are already into summer classes and the K-12 schools are closing out the year. First and foremost we need to watch out for our children as daytime outdoor play quickly resumes. Please remember that … Continue reading

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Shrinking but surviving… it makes it sound like the minivans themselves are getting smaller.  Rest assured that they are not getting smaller but in fact they are maintaining or slightly increasing their overall cabin volume.  But in terms of the … Continue reading

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Courtesy of the Arbor Day Foundation Arbor Day is coming up towards the end of the month.  Here’s a fun fact for you, even though there is a national Arbor Day (last Friday of April), there are some states that … Continue reading

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Courtesy of edgewave.com “This isn’t tax season, it’s REFUND season!” says this one bow-tied guy in a TV commercial.  It shows him pushing pallets of cash out of the back of a cargo plane.  And even though most of us … Continue reading

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Gas is Down and Love for SUVs is Up Courtesy of ktsm.com The past few years have been a tough go for the SUV segment.  The economics here are very simple, as gas prices go up, demand for SUVs goes … Continue reading

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Courtesy of mesadelosoapts.com If you’re like me, you’ll take all of the daylight you can get.  Winter has been such a drag this year, by far worse than any I can remember in recent memory.  As I write this I’m … Continue reading

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Protect Your Car from the Cold

Protect Your Car from the Cold Courtesy of Jamesco.com Once again old man winter is here in full force.  Here in the northeast the high temperature is in the 30s on good days, but then again that’s not happening too … Continue reading

Rent2Buy for the Long Valentine’s Day Weekend

Rent2Buy for the Long Valentine’s Day Weekend  Courtesy of midtownbistrosf.com Valentine’s Day is coming up soon.  If you’re like me, you’ve made some plans and called for reservations of some kind.  Perhaps you are going away for the long weekend.  … Continue reading

Shopping Tips When Buying a Car

Tips When Buying a Car Courtesy of genxfinance.com Buying a car always seems like a production.  It’s strange that while the rest of the retail industry has moved toward simplicity and technology, auto buying is still very traditional, almost archaic.  … Continue reading

New Year, New Models

Courtesy of www.etcpb.com The holidays have come and gone and finally you can breathe a sigh of relief!  It’s time to get back to normal, which here at Hertz Car Sales means it’s time to check out the new models.  … Continue reading

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Resolve to Keep Your Car Clean  Courtesy of lowkeyadventures.com I’m always on the go, which means that I’m always in my car.  Road warriors know what I’m talking about.  The car becomes the living room, kitchen and home office.  What … Continue reading

Forget Jewelry, Let’s Really Dazzle Her

Courtesy of Humbleisd.net If you’re like me, you’re starting to get nervous about what you’re going to buy for your wife or girlfriend for Christmas.  I’m looking at countless websites talking about the “perfect gift” or “20 gifts she’ll like”, … Continue reading

Hertz Car Sales Keeps You and Your Wallet Safe

Hertz Car Sales Keeps You and Your Wallet Safe                                                    Courtesy of tishacruzan.com Yahoo! News recently reported on a car buying scam centered on Craigslist. One woman lost thousands of dollars due to being led on by a scammer posing … Continue reading

The Leaves They Are a Changing

The Leaves They Are a Changing  Courtesy of esf.edu The leaves are changing alright.  I’m talking about the changing of the colors of course.  Leaf peepers are getting ready to celebrate this annual event, finding their perfect roads to drive … Continue reading

The Spooky Season is Upon Us

Courtesy of villagelandingmarketplace.com  Halloween is quickly approaching.  Gosh the year has gone by so fast!  For me Halloween marks a reminder to look at two things, keeping pedestrians safe (especially kids), and keeping your car safe.  I know these are … Continue reading

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Numbers don’t lie.  They tend to paint a very clear picture as to how a situation looks.  So let’s use this data to discuss the best used cars, trucks and crossovers on the market today.  We’ll take a look at … Continue reading

Headed Back to School

Courtesy of cccc.edu It’s back to school time!  This year is the year to send your kid to school in affordable style.  I’ll be the first to tell you that no student needs anything extravagant.  I drove a 1991 Honda … Continue reading

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Courtesy of autoweek.com Dodge is trying to sell you on the fact that there RAM truck has won Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year two years in a row.  Well that’s not hard to do if you ask me.  While … Continue reading

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Courtesy of autoblog.org Cuba.  A beautiful, mystical and almost mythical place.  Sitting just a mere 90 miles away from Florida’s Key West, the average American doesn’t know all that much about Cuba.  From the picture above (recently taken), it looks … Continue reading

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Courtesy of ties.com I’m talking to you son, put the tie down and walk away!  Let’s be honest.  Ties are a terrible gift.  Here’s why.  Your father falls into one of two scenarios.  First scenario, he wears a suit every … Continue reading

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School Closed for Summer

Courtesy of headoverheelsindebt.blogspot.com Yup, it’s true.  The school year is coming to a close.  That is if it hasn’t already closed for the year.  So it means that we need to get some business in order, and do it quickly.  … Continue reading

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   Spring will be here before we know it. I know that pesky groundhog saw his shadow so we’re in for a little more winter, but thankfully for us even if he’s right, the changing of the seasons is a … Continue reading

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Courtesy of qtooth.com This year marks the 20 year anniversary of the invention of the Bluetooth wireless communication standard. Back in 1994 it was pretty inconceivable how this invention was going to change our lives. Even in 2004 Bluetooth was … Continue reading

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If there’s one segment where the American auto makers never lost a step, it is definitely the luxury SUV segment. Between the offerings from Buick, Cadillac and Lincoln, we have a lot of options and a lot of value. There … Continue reading

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Raising a family is one of the most rewarding things we can do in life. The reality is that it can also be quite the financial challenge. The mortgage, taxes and groceries add up fast! Who has the money left … Continue reading

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Convertibles are Always in Season I already know what you’re thinking…who would write such a silly title for an article?! But I mean it when I say that convertibles are always in season. They’re just cars at the end of … Continue reading

Winter-Driving

Courtesy of Wikipedia.org It feels like it was only yesterday that we were covering convertibles. Now we are putting covers on our convertibles because…snow is here! As we write this, inches are falling in the Philly/DC area. It is single … Continue reading

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Ten to twenty years ago, buying a used car was tricky. There were only a couple of mainstays at the top of the used car reliability charts. Fortunately for us it’s not the 1990s. A lot has changed, thanks to … Continue reading