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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tips for Traveling in Snowy Conditions

To know us is to love us!  
Hi I'm Daniel - Things I enjoy are family, basketball, watching movies, Asian and Italian food, critical thinking, smoothies, sports cars, perseverance.  My favorite charity is Convoy of Hope.  Favorite Motto:  "Impossible is nothing" 

Tips for Traveling in Snowy Conditions
by Daniel Herrera

1.  Be aware of weather forecast the days being traveled.
2.  Always have more than a sufficient supply of gas for heating, defrosting, etc.
3.  Maintain at least 6 seconds of traveling distance between vehicles.
4.  Give yourself enough momentum before proceeding up a hill.
5.  Avoid accelerating at high rpms.
6.  Apply firm, consistent pressure while braking (the pumping method is not recommended if ABS brakes are installed.)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Heavy, 6-seater SUVs, perfect for snowy days and comfy road trips, available for rent today

GMC Yukon, seats 6-7, leather seats, DVD, rear controls, heavy and perfect for the snow.  Rent for a week or weekend on an extended test-drive.  Ride in style and safety. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

2011 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year: Porsche Cayenne

Pepper on Salt: Flat Out in Our Spiciest and Sportiest Ever 'Ute of the Year
From the December, 2010 issue of Motor Trend
By Frank Markus
Photography by Wesley Allison
We realize this looks bad. A bunch of unabashed car-loving adrenaline junkies invite a high-clearance sports car to an SUV contest and go all wobbly-kneed with excitement, crowning it champ. We can hear the hate mail composing itself from here: "That high-falutin' Porsh is an even stupider pick than last year's Scooby-doo station wagon! Cancel my subscription! (Again!)" We beg your indulgence as we build our case around the six key criteria.
We'll start with engineering excellence. Don't forget, when Porsche's Cayenne first vied for SUOTY in December 2003, we found its many sporting charms resistible, awarding the calipers to its calmer subdermal sibling, the VW Touareg. But the technical enhancements made between then and now are compelling. The initial lineup of two engines has expanded to five powertrains. The V-6s include a free-breathing, 300-horse, 3.6-liter that can be paired with a six-speed manual and a supercharged 3.0-liter gas-electric hybrid that cranks out a combined 380 horsepower and earns big efficiency points by sipping fuel at the rate of 21 mpg city/25 highway. (Speaking of efficiency, all engines feature direct injection; all automatics get eight ratios; and an auto-stop feature on all models turns the engine off when stopped to improve real-world efficiency, if not EPA figures.) Two 4.8-liter V-8s round out the roster, making 400 and -- in twin-turbo trim -- 500 horsepower. This widens the Cayenne's base-price footprint to span from $47,675 to $105,775. (Tick every box and you can blow $168K!)
Another impressive engineering advancement: Porsche lightened the load those powertrains lug by 400 pounds. The Deep Woods Off! set may be chagrined to learn that a chunk of that savings came from axing the two-speed transfer case in favor of an active AWD system with an electronic multiplate clutch that engages the front axle on demand. An off-road mode optimizes the electronic control logic of the traction, transmission, and chassis systems for trail running. A hill-descent control function is standard and optional air springs lend extra ground clearance for rock climbing.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Support our Local Artists at the new Pleasant Plains Workshop

Kristina Bilonick is a native Washingtonian who uses screen printing, found objects and other media to create art installations that are often interactive. She has shown her work at at local art spaces such as Transformer, Honfleur Gallery, and Civilian Art Projects. Kristina also has an ever-changing line of clothing, accessories and housewares. Her most popular items are her long 'all over print' cotton scarves featuring repeated prints such as marching buffalo or overlapping prints of foliage. By day, she is program director at Washington Project for the Arts.

Anthony Dihle / Fire Studio Anthony Dihle has screen printed concert posters for local and internationally known bands such as Greenland, Exit Clov, Elvis Costello and Jay-Z. In addition to making work, he has curated multiple gallery shows at local art spaces such as Civilian Art Projects and the Athaneum, featuring works of other masterful printer-designers. Dihle also creates hand printed greeting cards and t-shirts.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reserve your Thanksgiving car or van today!

Guests coming in town for Thanksgiving?  Reserve your extra car or minivan today for the holidays.  From minivans to Mercedes, we rent the vehicle to fit your lifestyle.  

And don't forget to take your guests to Gaylord's National Harbour Resort for ICE! featuring the Grinch that Stole Christmas.  

Monday, November 8, 2010

Neighbors helping Neighbors

by Donna Estin 

 Advance Car Rental is donating
Thanksgiving Baskets to the
Arlington Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless

Could you donate a food item?
We still need the following non-perishable Items (each basket feeds a family of 4):

Green beans, boxed mashed potatoes, corn, pumpkin pie filling, pie crust, rolls, yams, olives! 
If you can help, please drop off your food donations before Wed. 11/17 in the baskets located just inside our front door at 850 N. Randolph Street, STE 104, Arlington, VA.  (Between 9th St. & Wilson Blvd, across from Liberty Center in Ballston)


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Welcoming a sporty, exciting, and new addition to our fleet.

By: Patrick Ingram

On Monday we acquired a new 2011 Chevy Camaro SS into our fleet.  I really like the sporty exterior and interior of the vehicle.  It sits low and hugs the road very well.  The speed on the Camaro SS is as equally impressive.  I was really impressed with the interior HUD display which displays an image on the actual windshield!  The 2011 Chevy Camaro SS is now available at $150/day. 


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Want to get away on a fall weekend road trip?

by Donna Estin
First pick up a car or SUV from us!
Then choose a fall destination within easy driving distance of DC.     
Cape May NJ
Happy Driving!

1.  St. Michaels, MD
2.  Williamsburg
3.  Nemacolin Spa
4.  Rehoboth 
5.  New York
6.  Hiking the Shenandoah mountains
7.  Cape May (Ferry from Lewes, DE)
8.  Atlantic City 
9.  Charlottesville
10.  Hampton/Norfolk/Virginia Beach

Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Visitor's Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Marine Corp Marathon

by Donna Estin...

Remember how SAD we all were when Arlington closed its permanent visitors center in Pentagon Row?  Well, it's HAPPY TIME again.  

Arlington is unveiling a new all-electric Mobile Visitors Center Fri. 10/29 at 12:00 noon during the Marine Corps Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place in DC)  

Mobile - yes!  Arlington is an inclusive community, making sure visitors to the 6 major neighborhoods are visited weekly.  The center will provide visitors with shopping, dining, and entertainment options in Arlington with videos, maps and Metro info.  Thank you Arlington!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


To know us is to love us!  
Hi I'm Patrick - I used to work as a flight attendant for United Airlines where I learned a great deal of customer service and conflict resolution.  I have traveled to world and it has become one of my greatest passions next to animals.  In my spare time you can find me on the tennis courts practicing my forehands or on a couch watching pointless reality television. Favorite quote: "The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.” – Michael Jackson  http://www.bestfriends.org/

The Artisphere is a new cultural center that is located in Rosslyn, Virginia. The new center used to house the old newseum before it moved into Washington D.C. The cultural center will house many different arts companies such as The Washington Shakespeare Company, a 4,000 square foot gallery for art exhibits, and a ballroom which will be used for social dancing.

The Artisphere has its public grand opening on October 10, 2010. The venue is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard.  It is important to have a place where residents and visitors of the DC Metropolitan Area can come to view the arts all under one roof. 

Lia Hollaran will be featured at Artisphere this year. Her past work of “Dark Skate,” can be viewed in this article http://www.huckmagazine.com/blog/halloran-captures-dark/

Friday, October 1, 2010

Golds Gym Night

Hi, I'm Donna.  Get to know us and you'll love us!  I like edgy live theatre, abstract art, bees, progress, Beethoven, human energy, Cain Five wine, hummus, people who try, all living creatures (except mosquitoes), kindness, organization, & rain.   Check out this local charity.  www.aachhomeless.org.  Today's motto "Be nice.  Work hard.  There are no shortcuts."

So Patrick (you'll meet him next) and I camped out in Gold's Gym Ballston Wed. 9/29 for the close out.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth for free pens, Gold's Member Specials, and registering to win a Mercedes GLK and a Cadillac Escalade!  Special thanks to Mustafa, Scott & the whole Golds team for setting us up.  Wow - Gold's Gym must have the most dedicated members!  I might have to check out the zumba classes.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Call Ahead Service

In a hurry? Provided you've given us your information in advance, just call when you're on your way and we'll have your car pulled up and your contract printed. All you need to do is sign and drive!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Tysons Corner Mall Hybrid Parking Spaces

If you're shopping at Tysons Corner Shopping Center, drive a hybrid!

The mall has 15 spaces, in great locations throughout the parking lots and garages, dedicated for hybrid parking only. And by great location, we mean fantastic. They're usually near the elevators, entrance, and handicapped spaces. Just look for the Hybrid Parking signs.

Ahhh, just think of the joys of zipping into a premium parking space during the back-to-school shopping rush.

Monday, August 9, 2010

We're pleased to donate a percentage of our profits to NVCT!

Northern Virginia Conservation Trust is an award-winning local charity that saves nearby nature by helping local governments and private landowners voluntarily preserve natural areas, trails, streams and parks. Founded in 1994, NVCT has preserved 5,370 acres in Northern Virginia and protects one of the largest Great Blue Heron nesting sites in the lower Potomac region.

See how NVCT is helping to rebuild the honeybee population right here in Northern Virginia...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Advance Car Rental Responds to Demand for Green Vehicles by Introducing "Eco-Fleet"

Company fleets up with environmentally-friendly vehicles ranging from hybrids to flex-fuel high-end cars and SUVs.

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) July 26, 2010

In response to demand from across the country for more environmentally-friendly vehicles in the Washington, D.C. area, Advance Car Rental, Inc. has introduced Eco-Fleet.

Ranging from hybrid full-size sedans to Flex-Fuel luxury SUVs, Advance offers the entire Eco-Fleet line at the same prices as their traditional counterparts.

"Over the past 13 years, Advance has solidified our niche in the Washington, D.C. area quintessentially by listening to our clients and responding to their desires," said Donna Estin, Vice President for Advance Global Solutions, parent company of Advance Car Rental, Inc.

"Lifestyle in Washington is often politically influenced and environmentally-friendly transportation options have been gaining strength with local residents for years," Estin said. "It's only natural that high-end rentals follow the trend. We now provide options for renters wanting to drive both standard and more luxurious vehicles while protecting the planet."

A list of E-85 gas stations in Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. metro area is posted on Advance Car Rental's website and blog to help renters take full advantage of driving Flex-Fuel vehicles. For more information on the Eco-Fleet line, visit www.advancecarrental.com

Monday, July 19, 2010

E85 Gas Stations

If you're driving or renting a Flex-Fuel vehicle in the DC Metro area, you can gas up at these stations:

Arlington - Citgo, Pentagon Navy Exchange, 801 S. Joyce St.
Georgetown - Chevron, 2450 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Rockville - Sunoco, 1469 Rockville Pike
Tacoma Park - Chevron, 6400 New Hampshire Ave.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mercedes NEW GLK has arrived!

Tested like a performance sports sedan and fortified like a rugged off-road vehicle, Mercedes new GLK-350 is proof that great engineering is great at any size. The stylish GLK is compact, sleek and fuel-efficient. Be among the first in the Washington, D.C. area to rent the GLK!