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A Minivan or Grand Caravan - a rental car of choice. - Orlando / Florida Guide

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To a British ‘audience’ the phrase “Minivan” conjures up an image of a vintage Austin Mini estate that was popular with plumbers, window cleaners et. al circa 1970 driven with attitude similarly the term “Grand Caravan” sounds like something out of a ‘Wallace and Grommit” short film. Picture it now, a string vested Wallace turning to his trusty furry companion and saying, “Now lad for a smashing excursion this Summer we are off to stay in a grand caravan in the Yorkshire Dales! ” However in America the titles. Grand Caravan and Minivan are terms often applied to large people carriers, such as a Chrysler Grand Voyager, Dodge Journey or Toyota Highlander for example.

These vehicles are a great choice for a family vacationing in America. They offer exceptional value for money as a hire car and are spacious for passengers and luggage. Even if you have only three people in your family consider a “caravan” as a vehicle of choice. You can check out the price differentials on Uscarhire. co. uk but often it is less than paying £9 per day for the luxury of all that space and versatility. If you have two children that often squabble in the back then this really has to be a very serious consideration as the seating configuration can prove very beneficial and restore harmony to a day out. Or is it just the author’s family that suddenly becomes dysfunctional at the commencement of a road trip.

If you do plump for this vehicle then the car rental code for a minivan or caravan is an MVAR and this will appear on the pre-paid voucher. Once you have received your voucher it is always good to scan it through to double check you have made the right choice. It is now far less likely that you will feel tempted to upgrade to a larger vehicle on arrival at the car rental depot as this in my experience always, always means a very hefty daily supplementary fee with added taxes. If you have gone for the larger vehicle such as a minivan option then the hatch back and sliding side doors will make it easy for you to load both passengers and luggage. Remember, you may just need the extra room for some impulse purchases made at the mall or outlet center.

If you are not used to driving a larger vehicle such as a minivan or large people carrier then fear not. These cars almost drive themselves, they are of course automatic. They are light and airy with good all round visibility. The parking bays or lots are generously proportioned so you should not have any worries there. In fact you will find that a minivan is really quite a modest sized vehicle compared to other beasts on the road.

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