James Woods Fumes at Enterprise Rent-a-Car Over NRA Discount Decision

Actor and noted conservative urges NRA members to "rethink" who they rent from in the future Tim Kenneally, provided by Published 2:48 pm, Friday, February 23, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 James Woods Fumes at Enterprise Rent-a-Car Over NRA Discount Decision 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Sorry, Enterprise Rent-a-Car: You’re out of gas, as far as James Woods is concerned. The actor and noted conservative blasted Enterprise Rent-a-Car on Friday after the company decided to end its discount program for National Rifle Association members amid an increasingly vocal debate about gun control in America. The “Once Upon a Time in America” actor vented at the car-rental giant in response to a tweet from Enterprise. Also Read: James Woods Joins Brendan Fraser by Sharing His Own Philip Berk Story Recommended Video: Now Playing: The battle over gun control has spread to credit cards, rental cars, hotels, and software security. Media: Time “Thank you for contacting us! All three of our brands have ended the discount for NRA members,” Enterprise wrote, in response to an inquiry. “This change will be effective March 26. Thank you again for reaching out. Kind regards, Michael.” Woods extended his own, sarcasm-soaked thanks to the company, and urged NRA members to “rethink” who they would rent cars from in the future. “And thank YOU for disrespecting all your law-abiding now former clients, who work arduously to promote firearm safety,” Woods wrote. “I used to use @Enterprise. I now welcome all fellow @NRA members to rethink their car rental arrangements.” Also Read: Trump Repeats NRA Talking Points: 'I Want My Schools Protected Just Like... Banks' Memo to rival car-rental agencies: If you were considering adding gun racks to your rentals as a standard feature, now might be the time. A number of companies have severed ties with the NRA Continue Reading

Age limits: How old do you have to be in Texas to buy rifles? Rent a car? Buy cigarettes or alcohol?

Trump among the politicians open to raising age limit for rifle purchases Forrest Milburn, Houston Chronicle Updated 5:44 pm, Thursday, February 22, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Olivier Douliery, MBR Image 1of/25 CaptionClose Image 1 of 25 President Donald Trump meets at the White House with students, parents and teachers affected by mass shootings in Parkland, Fla., Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., to search for policies to keep America's schools safe on Wednesday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS) less President Donald Trump meets at the White House with students, parents and teachers affected by mass shootings in Parkland, Fla., Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., to search for policies Continue Reading

A veteran wanted a car loan, but the credit bureau said the Arizonan was dead

A military veteran was denied a car loan in Arizona because a credit bureau said the person was dead. Another Arizonan couldn't buy a house because a credit report inaccurately claimed missing child-support payments, despite court documents showing they were paid on time."I am sick of these credit agencies. Over and over I go thru the dispute process," a third Arizonan wrote to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "They just tell me to pound sand. I don't trust them anymore."Mistakes on credit reports are rising, data shows, making it even more important for consumers to check for accuracy each year.Complaints about errors against the three major U.S. credit agencies — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — more than doubled in Arizona between 2015 and 2017, according to an Arizona Republic review of CFPB records.  The records do not include names of complainants."We've been constantly busy filing lawsuits to get credit reports fixed," said Gary Nitzkin, managing attorney of Credit Repair Lawyers of America, which has an office in Phoenix.Some errors are minor misspellings of names, but others involve identity theft and fraud that can badly damage credit scores.  "Besides losing the deal on their dream home, a lot of (people) won't qualify for jobs," Nitzkin said. "It's heartbreaking." MORE:  Bad reputation: America’s Top 20 most-hated companiesAmericans filed at least 91 million complaints about credit-report errors in 2016, according to a report from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, the top Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee.Credit agencies blame credit-repair companies for driving up the number of complaints. Some companies, which people hire to fix bad credit, charge a fee per dispute, meaning they have an incentive to submit complaints, the credit bureaus told Nelson.But technology and social media have also made it easier to find personal Continue Reading

Planning a trip? Be careful of identity theft if you rent a car

If you're renting a car for the next family vacation, be careful using the mapping system or playing the "Moana" soundtrack for your kids through Bluetooth.Those simple actions could put you at risk for identity theft once the vacation is over, consumer watchdog groups in the U.S. and Europe warn.Major rental-car companies have no policies to delete sensitive information collected during the trip once you return the car, according to a report from Privacy International supported by Consumer Watchdog and other groups."Your name and navigation history is valuable personal information," the report says. "Combine this information with a bit of open source intelligence, such as social media profiles, and you can track down individuals."The groups are calling on car-rental companies to better protect customers."When you rent a car, you must have the right to control how that extremely revealing data is used," John Simpson, of Consumer Watchdog, said.The small print of a contract isn't enough to notify people that their data is at risk, Privacy International said. "Companies must explicitly inform customers that they should delete personal data," the report said. And "manufacturers must provide the equivalent of a delete button enabling customers to quickly and easily remove their personal data from infotainment systems."What could go wrong?Vehicle-based data so far seems to have helped fight crime.A Baltimore IT worker tracked down teenagers who took his car for a joy ride using the teens' phone usernames stored in the paired device list on his Jeep.Police in the United Kingdom are adding automotive infotainment systems as an additional source of information on potential investigative leads, the report said.But bad guys could begin to mine personal data stored in cars for nefarious reasons too.If you use the GPS in a rental car to get home, for instance, a robber could find your Continue Reading

Booking a car through a company like Hotwire has its risks

Q: I recently paid Hotwire $530 to rent a car for a month through Dollar Rent a Car in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was scheduled to pick up the car at noon, but I arrived at the counter at 3:15 p.m. with a prepaid voucher. Part of that delay was caused by a missing suitcase, and part to the lack of transportation by Dollar to the rental location. These were situations over which I had no control. A Dollar representative told me the agency had no car for me. I attempted to call the telephone numbers on my invoice, but was unable to make a connection with either. It was apparent that the rental agency had booked more cars than it had available, since I wasn’t the only person turned away. In my retirement, I live to travel and experience new places. I’ve never once encountered a situation such as this one. Dollar is offering only a partial refund, which seems absurd. Can you help? — Ed Samson, East Quogue, New York A: You shouldn’t have to pay for a rental you didn’t use. But your case is problematic on several levels. You prepaid for your rental through Hotwire. The site sells discounted rental cars, but you don’t learn the name of the agency until you pay for a rental in full. There are no refunds. Car-rental companies typically will honor a reservation when you’re late, but you shouldn’t expect them to wait that long. Dollar’s policy is to hold a car for two hours, which is pretty reasonable. And since your voucher is nonrefundable — well, there goes your money. Fair? I don’t think so. But totally preventable. You could have phoned Dollar directly and let it know you were late. Sometimes, as a courtesy, a rental company will hold your reservation. According to Dollar, you didn’t call. “There is no record that Mr. Samson called Dollar to notify of his delay,” a Dollar spokesman said. Believe it or not, once your reservation was canceled, the $530 was Dollar’s to Continue Reading

Jack Taylor, founder and former CEO of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, dead at age 94

ST. LOUIS — Jack C. Taylor, who started a leasing company with seven cars and built it into Enterprise Rent-A-Car, died Saturday. He was 94. Enterprise said in a statement Taylor died in St. Louis after a brief illness. In 1957, Taylor founded Executive Leasing at a Cadillac dealership in St. Louis where he was a salesman. He rented cars to customers whose own vehicles were in the shop. Eventually the business grew into Enterprise, which differed from competitors by allowing people to pick up and drop off cars away from airports. Forbes magazine this year estimated Taylor’s wealth at $5.3 billion and put him 248th on its list of the richest people. Taylor, who joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, renamed his company in 1969 for the USS Enterprise, the aircraft carrier on which he served. Enterprise bought the Alamo and National brands in 2007 to strengthen its position in airports — Enterprise itself had begun operating at airports in 1995. The privately held company changed its name to Enterprise Holdings Inc. in 2009. Enterprise says that it had $19.4 billion in revenue and more than 1.7 million vehicles in 2015, making it more than twice the size of each of its two main U.S. competitors, Hertz and Avis. It also sells cars and trucks and operates worldwide, with more than 90,000 employees in 70 countries. Taylor retired as CEO in 1991 and as the company’s executive chairman in 2013. “My father took a simple idea and created a great company,” his son, Andrew C. Taylor, the company’s current executive chairman, said in a statement. The company said that since 1982 Taylor had donated more than $860 million to organizations including Washington University in St. Louis and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. According to the company, Taylor left college in 1942 to join the Navy, becoming a combat pilot in the Pacific. The company said he twice received the Continue Reading

Avis Rent-A-Car founder’s widow accepts court deal after shoplifting arrest

The gloves are off for this charming chanteuse. Yanna Avis, the cabaret-singing widow of Avis Rent-A-Car founder Warren Avis, was arrested for shoplifting a pair of gloves at Loehmann’s discount designer warehouse in Chelsea. The French stunner, who was busted Sept. 26 at the downmarket chain, insisted she never swiped the accessories and took a deal that would clear her name after completing one day of community service. She was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday for possession of stolen property and petty larceny, but the first-time offender quickly accepted a conditional dismissal deal. An attorney for the 64-year-old performer, who sings in French, English and German, said she was purchasing $1,600 worth of merchandise from the chain when the clerk forgot to ring up a $26 pair of gloves. The whole incident was a “misunderstanding,” said the lawyer, Stephen McCarthy, and should not have resulted in the afternoon arrest. “This was a misunderstanding with a distracted salesperson,” said McCarthy. While Avis was making her purchase at a “private sales checkout place,” an irate customer distracted the salesgirl, he said. “(Avis) was really treated extraordinarily unfairly,” McCarthy added. But a Loehmann’s employee said she saw Avis “remove one pair of gloves from a display and conceal the items in a bag,” according to the criminal complaint. The songstress will officially be cleared of the charges at a later date after she completes a day of community service at a venue of her choice. The elegant songbird, who was trained at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris and has starred in television and on stage, was forced to endure a different type of spotlight following her arrest. “It was traumatic for her to go to court,” said McCarthy. “She’s a beautiful, 64-year-old Continue Reading

Rick Steves: Tips for renting a car in Europe

Even with Europe's super-efficient public transportation system, there are times when it makes sense to rent a car. Having your own wheels is ideal for getting to more remote or rural places (that aren't covered as well by public transportation): England's Cotswolds, Norway's fjord country, Spain's Picos de Europa mountains, France's Normandy beaches, Tuscan hill towns ...Even if you don't plan on driving in Europe, bring your license and a credit card. That way it's easy to rent a car for a day on a whim (and about $50–100). Your U.S. license generally works just fine. While some countries (e.g., Austria, Italy and Spain) say they require you to also have an International Driving Permit (an official translation of your license, easy to get at AAA offices in the US), car rental companies don't care about an IDP, and I've never bothered with one. If all goes well, you'll likely never be asked to show this permit — but it's a must if you end up dealing with the police in a country that requires it.For the best prices, arrange your car rental before leaving home. Prices can vary dramatically, depending on the month, country, and rental company. Shop around. The cheapest company for rental in one country might be the most expensive in the next. For trips of three weeks or more, leasing is cheaper. I generally go with a big-name company because it can make it easier to resolve any problems. MORE RICK STEVES: Navigating Europe's high-speed highwaysCompared to American cars, rental cars in Europe have less passenger room and trunk space, and manual transmissions are the norm. Automatics are pricier (about 50% more) and may only be available if you arrange it well in advance and/or upgrade to a bigger car. Ideally, skip the automatic and brush up on your shifting skills (in case your reserved automatic doesn't materialize).When booking your rental, check the location and hours of your pickup and drop-off choices. Smaller offices (even in big cities) typically Continue Reading

Renting a car for Thanksgiving weekend? Good luck

If you’re planning to rent a car to get to a Thanksgiving destination tomorrow, stop reading this right now and get on the phone to Hertz, Avis or whoever it is you plan to rent from. If you had a pre-existing reservation before Hurricane Sandy hit the region, re-confirm it. If you didn’t, good luck. The storm destroyed thousands of cars, and some of those cars, of course, belonged to rental companies. Some, like Enterprise, diverted thousands of cars and trucks to the New York and New Jersey area in response to consumer demands as well as those of insurance companies, government agencies and catastrophe teams. It’s still not enough, according to all sources, and some people are going to have to find alternative means of transportation, or stay home. “Although we are working hard to increase our local fleet as quickly as possible, there are still significant waiting lists in some communities where residents are requesting replacements for their damaged vehicles,” said Matt Darrah, executive vice president of North American operations for Enterprise Holdings. "Despite our best efforts to be prepared, the magnitude of the storm has simply outstripped our resources and manpower in some locations." At its peak, the hurricane forced Enterprise Holdings to close more than 400 of its branches along the Eastern Seaboard and damaged nearly a thousand of its vehicles. Since then, the company has been reopening offices and relocating more than 12,000 additional vehicles to the New York metro area alone, some coming from as far as Colorado, with another 5,000 on the way. Enterprise is also diverting thousands of new cars previously slated for other parts of the country to the region. In total, more than 27,000 vehicles have been added to the company’s fleet in New York and New Jersey. Hertz took steps to ease consumer demand by holding onto vehicles scheduled to be sold, and also rented generators and trailers in an effort to keep locations Continue Reading

Keeping costs to a minimum when you need to rent a car

Renting a car when you're away on vacation should be an easy process, but if you're not careful, you could find yourself driven toward extra fees and strict policies.A Web search is usually the best way to find low rates.If you're a member of airline frequent-flier programs, chances are you receive money-saving offers. The daily rate you're quoted, however, won't include various taxes and fees, or optional insurance or gas-refill offers.Also keep in mind that larger vehicles, like SUVs, use much more gas and cost more to insure than smaller rental cars. Yet sometimes SUVs and pickups are offered at a discount because many renters shun them. Also, when making a reservation, always ask about special rates or discounts.These tips will help you save when renting a car in any city:n Buying optional loss damage waiver insurance covers all damage to the vehicle, with no deductible. But the cost can double or even triple the daily rate, so choose carefully. Many renters are covered automatically when they use a major credit card, or already have a homeowner's or auto policy.n Make sure you understand the gas choices. Some companies require you to return the rental with a full tank, while others allow you the convenience of prepaying for gas - usually at a higher rate than what you might find yourself - and return the car with a nearly empty tank. If you agree to refill and don't, you could be billed as much as $7 a gallon. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading