Sunday, December 23, 2007

Rented Cars and Expired Tags.

Well, as I said before, the first day of our journey across much of Illinois and Missouri was somewhat "interesting." We flew into Chicago and rented a car so that we could drive to Springfield, Missouri and back....well, about 3 hours into our trip, after battling blinding white fog in the middle of nowhere Illinois we pull over for snacks and gas. This is when The Guy notices that the tags on the license plates are expired. Yes. And, not only are they overdue, they expired three months ago in September. We called the car rental company (it was National, in case you care) and they seemed to think it wasn't a big deal. "Just bring the car into the location in Springfield, Missouri, and you can exchange it if you'd like." What? If we'd like? I don't need another reason to worry that I'm going to get pulled over....and then what, "sorry, officer, it's a rental." Strange. I mean, a rental car company's job is to handle cars, right? So, we got to pay to drive an illegal car from Chicago to Springfield. (It's about 8 hours).
The good news is, that we told National, the rental car company how we felt (basically, that they'd dropped the ball) so the guy at the Springfield location was like, "I'll put you in something nicer." We got a red HHR, which, to me, is not nicer. We were still disappointed, so we spoke to a manager at the location where we'd originally picked up the car, and he took over $100 off our total. That was nicer.