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Old 10-03-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hertz renting rebadged Camaro LT V6s as V8 SS cars

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What better group to help me out on this then the people on this 5th gen forum. Been lurking around a bit since I want to get a SS or (if i lucky) a ZL1 sometime next year. Promised my new wife we'd get a house first...then it's my turn lol.

Anyways, my wife and I are on the last leg of our honeymoon on Oahu. As a treat we upgraded to a Camaro SS since we arrived at the Hertz counter a bit early they had some available. I saw the SS ad flashing by on the TV behind the counter and I bit. I thought it would be nice introduction to a V8 5th gen car for when I look for one next year.

On the drive home I noticed there was something missing, it didnt have a growl and seemed to miss a bit of omph. I have a 02 v6 so while it was certainly more peppy, it didnt feel like it was a 400hp V8 car.

So when I get to where we are going I pop the hood and what is there to my surprise...a V6 engine cover, 6 spark plugs, V6 belt routing, and even V6 engine parts sticker on the underside of the hood. The VIN is also that for a V6 car.

So, what is the deal with this "SS". I even searched the VIN and it comes up as a convertible 2LT. How can they rent this as a SS??? Am I missing something here? Im not crazy that is a V6 in there right?

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Old 10-03-2012, 03:14 PM   #2
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LOL yeah that is definitely a V6. I'd be pitching a fit at Hertz if they upcharged you for an SS and you got a V6. There is a big difference in price as far as rentals go.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:18 PM   #4
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Hertz: Keepin it classy, one "SS" rental at a time...

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Old 10-03-2012, 03:18 PM   #5
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lol even car companies do this?
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:18 PM   #6
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Hertz: Keepin it classy, one "SS" rental at a time...

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Old 10-03-2012, 03:21 PM   #7
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Thanks for the quick responses. Oh I did throw a fit yesterday, ended up getting the rental for the price we were originally going to pay for a full size, so even less than their regular Camaro rental would cost.

This just seems wrong, how can they do this? It seems to be a fully loaded LT with SS badges. I dont know if I should tell anyone else...I had honestly thought on e-mailing the Hawaii attorney general. Maybe a bit over the top but this is certainly false advertising.

I would just feel really bad for people thinking they are getting an SS and paying for a V8 specialty car when they are getting a fully loaded LT instead.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:23 PM   #8
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Yeah, I agree with Belle. If they charged you extra having the SS versus a LT or LS as a rental you better ask for your money back. That's false advertisement if they are saying they have SS and only have V6's on the lot.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:26 PM   #9
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dirt bags. i feel sorry for the people who buy them after the car is retired
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:27 PM   #10
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dirt bags. i feel sorry for the people who buy them after the car is retired
I almost did that. However, I didn't know it was a rental until I went home and looked it up. Yeah, how about NO!!
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:29 PM   #11
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I'd sue. Raise a stink, get the news involved. Hertz will settle. Blatant misdirection and false advertising.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:31 PM   #12
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Sounds like you're getting in the butt with no lube
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:35 PM   #13
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Fraud... or a lot of troll work. Hard to believe a chain would be rebadging cars.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:38 PM   #14
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Wow. I've rented SS's from Hertz in Las Vegas three times previously. No issues as all three were definitely SS A6's. I've got another trip coming up in a few weeks and have another SS reserved. I'll definitely give the car a close look before leaving. An SS badge on a car with no mail slot would be an immediate red flag.

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Old 10-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #15
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Yup, regular hood. That should have raised a flag before I even got into the car.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:53 PM   #16
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camaroz06, the LEAST I would do is get ahold of Hertz's HOME OFFICE and talk to them, not the local office your dealing with.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:56 PM   #17
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Fraud... or a lot of troll work. Hard to believe a chain would be rebadging cars.
Nope, no troll work while on vacation. Anyways its too hot to do troll work in Hawaii. Just laying on the beach

I found it mind blowingly hard to believe, now I'm finding it hard on what to actually do. I dont want to waste my vacation time since we dont have much time left in HI.

It is clearly fraud, or Hertz got supremely screwed when buying this "SS" either way its really bad.

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camaroz06, the LEAST I would do is get ahold of Hertz's HOME OFFICE and talk to them, not the local office your dealing with.
Yeah, I had to call them yesterday since I couldn't get into contact with the local office right away. The main offices are supposed to call me back later today. I did end up getting in contact with the local office to make sure the upcharge was taken off, but again anyone else who ended up with this car should get a refund.
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