Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 AM EDT Apr 20, 2019 Detroit resident Patrick Denny shimmies out from under his jacked-up 2006 black Ford Focus sedan. His hands are covered in grease. Rented tools are splayed out on the concrete floor around him. Denny, 24, has replaced brakes before, but he now faces a new challenge: Replace the shocks and the trailing arm bushing in the suspension. He grins when acknowledging he's paying to fix his own car, knowing he'll end up saving a lot. "It can be a pain do it yourself, but it's worth it to save $1,500 to $2,000," Denny said. Denny is a regular customer at My Mechanics Place in Livonia, a massive garage on Plymouth Road with 22 service bays, a paint booth, a machine shop and U-Haul distribution. To rent a bay with a lift costs $25 an hour; one without a lift is $12. People can rent tools, too. Denny's doctor told him about My Mechanics Place, … [Read more...] about My Mechanics Place in Livonia: DIY car repair shop finds success
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The couple, who visited France for around two weeks in October last year, have received 17 speeding and parking fines from French authorities since returning to their home in Sweden. All of these fines are related to private cars the couple have not used at times when they were not in the country. During their stay in France they initially rented a vehicle from Enterprise Rent-A-Car at Paris Beauvais airport to the north of the French capital, however after the car broke down it was replaced by a different one at the Enterprise branch in the French city of Rouen in Normandy. Nevertheless, the couple believes the data breach occurred in Beauvais due to the fact that several fines sent to them by French authorities are for driving offences near the town. The rentals were made under her husband's name Damir Mujkic using his driving licence which had been issued in Finland when the couple used to live there. Photo: AFP The fines, issued by the government agency … [Read more...] about Identity fraud in France: Tourists inundated with speeding tickets after renting car
Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 1, 2019 The old advice — if a deal sounds too good to be true — applies to incredible rates spotted online for car rentals, too. Some odd practices can pop up when you least expect them. More than 400 complaints were made by consumers regarding Michigan-based Executive Car Rental, according to the Michigan Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau Serving Detroit and Eastern Michigan. Many times, consumers found attractive rates for car rentals on travel-related sites. But then they faced extra fees and hurdles, especially when they tried to get their $250 security deposits back from the company, according to Melanie Duquesnel, BBB president and CEO. Some consumers have complained of waiting weeks for the security deposit to be returned. Others complained of being charged twice — or $500 —for the $250 security deposit and then having trouble receiving their … [Read more...] about Executive Car Rental at Detroit airport under investigation
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Sean P. Murphy Globe Staff November 14, 2018 Virginia Newes loved the convenience of renting a car from Zipcar.Twice a month, she used it to go grocery shopping, to the doctor, or to visit friends. It cost less than $40 for a few hours, which was cheaper than owning a car. And it was easy, too: she would make a reservation online and pick it up nearby.“The whole arrangement was perfect for me,” she told me at her Cambridge home. “I really grew to rely on it.” Advertisement But last month Zipcar terminated her membership. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon recap of the day’s most important business news, delivered weekdays. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Why? Because Newes put a noticeable dent in the side of one of its cars when she swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle in a tightly … [Read more...] about Zipcar ended her membership because of a car dent. But was it really about her age?
Amazon is reportedly splitting its second headquarters, known as HQ2, in two locations. Each would have about 25,000 new workers. The company reportedly wants to put half of HQ2 in Long Island City, or LIC – the western-most neighbourhood in Queens, New York. Developers have rapidly built up LIC in recent years, and local leaders are promising big subsidies in hopes of attracting Amazon. But nearby housing prices continue to skyrocket. Many immigrant and working families in Queens are also moving deeper into the borough and commuting farther to work to afford housing in area. Public transportation is also overcrowded. In the coming decades, climate change and rising seas will chronically flood parts of LIC and possibly bury it underwater. When I heard that Amazon may split its second headquarters, known as HQ2, between Crystal City, Virginia, and Long Island City, Queens, my heart sank. I’ve called Queens my home for most of my adult life. It’s one of the … [Read more...] about I’ve lived near Long Island City for more than a decade. Here’s why I’m worried Amazon HQ2 may come to Queens.