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    Thread: Manual transmission rental cars?

    1. 09-30-2012 02:10 PM #1
      Do any rental car companies in the US rent out manual transmission cars?
      Last edited by 50fridge; 09-30-2012 at 02:26 PM.

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      09-30-2012 02:35 PM #2
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      09-30-2012 02:35 PM #3
      None of the major ones do, or at least not that I've seen in recent years (and I rent 3-4 times every month).

      You might find a "Rent-A-Wreck" type place that does, but still not likely. A car with a manual transmission in the US limits the number of customers they can rent it to, so most places are going to avoid them.

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      09-30-2012 02:40 PM #4
      The wife and I rented a 6MT Mini Cooper S from City Rent a Car in San Fran. Clutch / pressure plate felt good. Great little car.

      However, price-wise, they are quite a bit more expensive than the run of the mill rentals from the large franchises.

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      09-30-2012 02:43 PM #5
      A co-worker somehow got a 6MT V8 Mustang so it's possible but rare. Next time I rent I'm just gonna ask and might get lucky.

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      09-30-2012 03:03 PM #6
      you can arrange a specialty rental through a lot of companies, often times you see exotics that are manuals for rentals. i wouldn't hold out for a normal rental car from a company like avis, enterprise, national, etc.
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      09-30-2012 04:42 PM #7
      The only "normal" rental I've seen in years with a manual was a base Ranger.
      Now? Probably none in the US unless you go with a specialty rental company.

      And what incentive does a rental company have to offer a manual?
      The savings on the front end is not enough to offset the potential clutch replacement cost liability.
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      09-30-2012 06:08 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by justanotherusername View Post
      A car with a manual transmission in the US limits the number of customers they can rent it to, so most places are going to avoid them.
      Yes, the market would be limited to people wanting to learn to use a manual transmission, resulting in frequent clutch replacements.

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      10-01-2012 01:41 AM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by tjl View Post
      Yes, the market would be limited to people wanting to learn to use a manual transmission, resulting in frequent clutch replacements.
      I have the feeling this is why the OP asked...
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      10-01-2012 02:02 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by tjl View Post
      Yes, the market would be limited to people wanting to learn to use a manual transmission, resulting in frequent clutch replacements.
      And this is what I was looking for when I wanted to learn. Luckily I found a free way to do it, test driving a new car.

      Get a friend who knows how to drive stick to test drive and go with him. Switch when you get down the street = win.
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      10-01-2012 02:03 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by tjl View Post
      Yes, the market would be limited to people wanting to learn to use a manual transmission, resulting in frequent clutch replacements.
      I'm presuming that if they did rent out manual cars, there would be a liability clause addressing specifically that.

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      10-01-2012 07:14 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Ark6 View Post
      I'm presuming that if they did rent out manual cars, there would be a liability clause addressing specifically that.

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      How would they ever enforce it? It's not like a clutch just instantly fails after someone learns on it. It (can) just drastically decrease its service life. You'd never be able to prove who actually damaged it.

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