So I have a Hertz Gold membership and they frequently treat me quite well... I rented a midsized sedan because it was ~ $20/day including tax. Because of the Gold membership, there is a board with names and a spot number so you're able to skip the desks, go straight to your car, and leave. I find myself walking down a row of some pretty fun-looking cars. Challenger. Challenger. Mustang GT. Challenger. Corvette. The next few cars were a couple more Mustangs, an Eclipse Spyder in this awful orange, and another Corvette. I hold my breath, but sure enough, I was in the Eclipse Whatever, Vegas, convertible, could be fun. I drive it back to my hotel and have never felt more self-conscious in my life. The car is not terribly ugly but it's horribly slow and the color is just way too ridiculous for such a lame car.
Keep in mind, I drive a Fiat every day
So basically I called Hertz, told them I needed to exchange the car but didn't want to get "downgraded" to what I had paid for and they said to come back. Get back to the rental car center, go to the desk, tell him that I'm not in to dudes so the Eclipse just won't work, and ask what he can do. He said "well, you paid for a midsized" and ask that he puts me in something comparable to the Eclipse. I ask him what the Mustang's go for, and he mentions that he has 7 Challengers on the lot, but they're reservation only. I'm actually more interested in the Mustang and he mentions one of them that is in the 4 cars that are right in their show case.
I ended up leaving with this... a 2013 Mustang GT, pretty nicely loaded. 444 horsepower
But here's the craziest thing...
I'm head-over-heals in love with this car and am certainly breaking it in right