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Dear Avis/ Budget Bozeman, I have now called multiple times, corporate and Local. Please pick up your broken rental car the tow truck wrongly left in my lot last night. It looks terrible! 

http://www.phasmidrentals.com/safety/
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Saw this pulling into the Bozeman Airport this morning. At first I thought "Wow- now that group of people knows how to travel!," four matching black helicopters right outside of the private terminal. Then I got a little closer and saw they were all uniformed military. Glad the boys are getting a little R & R, but seriously, isn't this a bit extreme for a ski trip on the Government dollar? 
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Recent guest and photographer, Fred Wasmer, shared this image of one of our Subaru Outback rentals in its element. 
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Suburban rental special 1/25 - 2/5/14: $80/ day! 
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Looking for a premium SUV rental for Christmas? We have one left (cause we just bought another). Available from evening of 12/21 - morning 12/28. Currently half the price of what is available from the airport- and a far better car; Z71 package, dual DVDs, bad-ass tires, etc. 
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Coming to Bozeman or Big Sky for Christmas? We still have a couple of rental Suburbans available- at a fraction of the price as the on-airport rental car franchises.
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Wondering what the best deal for a SUV or Suburban rental at the Bozeman Airport? Here is a recent comparison of your options: 
http://www.phasmidrentals.com/reason-number-3-price/

The best value rental car in Bozeman.
We have long yammered on about our pricing and how generally we will price match or beat our competitors- all the while offering superior rental cars, service, and convenience. After doing some comparative price checking today for a rental Suburban, 12/15 – 12/21/13 this is what we found.

Bozeman Off-Airport Rental Cars: 

Journey Rent-A-Car: We did a price check to see how/ what our buddies over at Journey are doing. They have always made us laugh as they seem to be  continually a couple of steps behind Phasmid, and love copying us.

Journey-Rent-A-Car

Frankly, we were very surprised to see what they are charging, knowing the quality of cars they offer. Journey boasts on their website of having Suburbans that seat 9-people. The only Suburbans that GM has produced that seat 9 are the base model LS, which have front row bench seats.

Journey’s Suburban rental base rate for 12/15-21 is $199/ day.

In addition, you will need to pay:

+  $9.95 per day for each additional named driver. (Phasmid does not charge for additional drivers)

+  $35.oo for after hours pick-up which considering most winter flights into Bozeman arrive after 6:00pm- count on paying this. Their office is also 20-minutes away from BZN . (Phasmid does not charge and is 4-minutes away).

+ $30 for unlimited mileage. (Included with Phasmid).

+  $18 for additional insurance. (We charge $14 for exact same insurance).

+  $5/ day for an underage driver. (Phasmid does not charge for underage drivers).

What you get: A Chevrolet Suburban that is older than 7-years old, and likely an inferior packaged vehicle at that. We drive by their rental car lot often and have yet to see a Chevrolet Suburban more recent than 2007- which is when their last model change was.

 

Total price from Journey Rent-A-Car, if you want someone else to share driving time: minimum $1,420.86. And you will need to spend at least 20-minutes driving to their office.

 

Bozeman On-Airport Franchises:

The on airport franchises are actually fairly priced for these travel dates. Doing a search for 2-days later yielded few results with the cheapest Premium SUV at $358/ day. The airport companies fluctuate between charging for mileage or not.

Bozeman Airport Car Rentals

Cheapest Suburban rental: $813 total.

You will however pay:

+  At least $6/ day for an additional named driver.

+  $16+ for additional insurance.

+  Mileage, potentially.

+  You will get: a new Chevrolet Suburban or Ford Expedition EL. Most of the franchises have Suburbans. Your rental car will have crappy factory 4-ply  highway tires.

 

 

Phasmid Rentals: 

Here is the screen shot from our website, 12/15 – 12/21/13- exact same as all the others.

The important thing to note here is that the listed prices include the following:

Phasmid-Pricing

+  Unlimited Mileage.

+  No-charge for additional named drivers.

+  No-charge for underaged drivers.

+  No charge for early or late airport pick-ups.

+  Far superior 10-ply tires for ALL Montana driving conditions.

Phasmid’s least expensive Suburban option, a loaded pre-2007 Chevrolet Suburban with studded snow tires is $524.4o.

In the mid-range their are 2012 premium Z71 package Suburbans for $940.50 total.

At the high end is a brand new fully loaded, full entertainment system, Z71 Suburban for $1,197 total.

 

CONCLUSION:

Currently, the on-airport franchises are the best deal for a new Chevrolet Suburban. Phasmid is the best deal for a used Suburban being 35% less. Phasmid’s mid-range Suburbans are slightly more expensive than on-airport, however, considering the added convenience of Phasmid, superior vehicles, and the all-inclusive price, Phasmid is less expensive.

Journey Rent-A-Car is offering inferior vehicles, more ‘extra’ pricing, and greater inconvenience then everyone else.

If I had a choice, I reckon I would choose the company offering the greatest convenience and service, better rental cars, and better price. Seems like a no-brainer.

Phasmid all the way.
Reason Number 3: Price
Reason Number 3: Price
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I couldn't help myself the other day- figured we should jump on the band-wagon too! Reckon we are the first company in America to offer 'Gluten Free Rental Cars!" 
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