Apr 13, 2017Bit Of A Cock-up On The Car Rental Front

Gear shift lever on a manual transmission vehicle
Bit Of A Cock-up On The Car Rental Front – What’s that stuck in the middle of the console? Copyright © 2017 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

Vacation Day 2 – Sleep, rent a vehicle, and go buy some essentials for our stay.

I booked our rental online. I was trying to use my reward points but something went wrong and I had to restart the booking process. Somehow I managed to get switched between the US and the UK website. When you book from the US, it is standard for the rental vehicle to be an automatic. I didn’t notice the changeover and so didn’t realize I’d booked a manual. In fact I didn’t notice until I got in the car to drive off.

I prefer to rent an auto as it is one less thing to think about. It’s bad enough to have to cope with the UK’s packed, narrow roads, and driving on the correct side of the road, let alone waggling the gear shift and remembering to depress the clutch.

They didn’t have any other vehicles so we had to go with the manual, and it wasn’t a problem, even though I’ve not driven a manual in ten years.

I should add that apart from my little blue car, I’ve been driving autos for around thirty years. Enterprise did offer to swap the vehicle for an auto after the weekend, but I was used to it by then so we kept the car for the trip.

Copyright © 2017 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

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