Rental carI recently went to Florida for vacation.  Okay, it wasn’t vacation so much as it was a “If I don’t get out of here I’m going to lose my mind” trip.

I take those pretty regularly, as I’m frequently on the verge of losing my mind.  You should know that if you read this blog.  Actually, if you read this blog, you most likely believe I’ve already lost it.

It’s not an illogical assumption.


This is the kind of view I need when I work. Not a homeless man peeing on the sidewalk.

Whenever I go to Florida I rent a car.  I don’t need anything flashy, as I like to keep a low profile.  I don’t want to draw attention to myself in my tankini and pale legs.

I usually rent the cheapest car there is, which frequently doesn’t include power windows.  It’s okay.  I need the work out.

This trip was no difference, and I got a sweet ride, complete with automatic windows AND automatic locks.  I was ballin’.

I like to go to the same beach every day.  It’s down a long strip on A1A, which is Beachfront Avenue.  I’m confident the beach I frequent is the area Vanilla Ice sang about in his catchy tune that was completely stolen from David Bowie.

I drove around forever in my rented ride, feeling every bump and pothole in my less-than-luxurious automobile.  I finally located a spot on the street and parallel parked that bad boy.

street with cars

Who could find anything on a street like this?

I’m an amazing parallel parker.  This has nothing to do with the story, but I felt it was relevant.

I pumped approximately $20.00 into the meter, because I knew this particular municipality would give you a ticket if you were even one second over your expired time.

As always, I had a million things running through my head, so I grabbed everything I needed and scurried away to the beach for some relaxation.

Just kidding.  I scurried away to the beach to work, but it felt better than sitting in a stuffy office.

After several hours on the beach, I headed back to the car, excited to use my automatic unlocking device.  One problem:  I had no idea where my car was.

Sure, I could walk up and down and look for it…if I knew what it looked like.  I didn’t.

In all the rush of getting the car and getting to the beach, I completely forgot to pay attention to the type of car I rented.

Things like color, make, size and model were details I suddenly wished I would have noted. It was time for some investigative work.

lisa with key

My only clue…the key to finding my car. Pun intended.

Looking at the keys told me it was a Toyota.  Great.  It’s not like that was one of the most popular cars on the road.  Yeah, that wouldn’t be difficult to find.

So I did what anyone would do in that situation.  I walked up and down the street clicking the unlock button, looking for my rental car and hoping the battery in the clicker was good.

Fortunately, the fine automobile I rented had a charged battery in the clicker, and I was finally able to locate my rental car.  It’s a Toyota Yaris, in case you were wondering.

Make no mistake, that’s something I won’t forget anytime soon.


I named her Helen.
Isn’t that parallel parking job awesome?

18 Thoughts on “One big tip for renting a car out of town: Another embarrassing story

  1. I’m not laughing at you, I’m laughing near you! 😉 I lost my work vehicle many times while I was traveling in it, because I always forgot where I parked, and there are a zillion white Ford sedans out there… however, no working clicker so I had to go all around and peek inside every car that looked like the one I had. One time I went somewhere with two different entrances and parking lots on both sides and then couldn’t remember what door I came in or what parking lot I was in. I think I went back and forth about three times before I finally found it.
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    • OMG! I love how you have the same stories I do. And really, there are a million white sedans.

      Every time I park a car that isn’t mine, in my mind I’m thinking I should pay attention, but then 1 second later I’m thinking of something else.

      I’ve actually taken a photo of my parking spot before and something nearby to remind me where it is. I just forget to do this most of the time!

  2. Yup, yet again we could be separated at birth, because I have done this when I had rented a car. I used the pregnant brain syndrome as much excuse, but same difference!! Glad to know I am in good company at least!! 🙂
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    • Janine, I think we are realizing the two of us are quite similar…which I guess is what makes us both some awesome…and hilarious!

      I’m glad I’m not alone in this embarrassing story. I spent far too long walking up and down looking for the car. At least now I’m remembering to take photos of these embarrassing moments to share with you guys.

  3. You are not alone!
    1. Made a cab driver take me up and down blocks of cars in Chicago once to find my car.
    2. Found my car, threw all my groceries on the hood, picked up my son to throw him in his carseat in the back. Oops, no, not my car. I should have known because this car was clean, inside and out.
    Now I want to visit Florida again.
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    • Hi-larious! You paid for a cab to drive you around?! I had a similar experience that I keep meaning to write about. I was at a hospital and parked somewhere and couldn’t find my way out. i ended up in a different building very far away, so I decided to go outside and start walking and I would eventually find it. I didn’t.

      I ended up finding someone who worked there and was leaving work and she agreed to drive me around until I found my car. I wasn’t even close to where I was!

      I’m glad we share these things. It definitely makes us better people.

  4. Hilarious. I’m an oddball in the fact that I have never even rented a car, so I can’t relate but now I’m thinking when I do I’ll need to take a picture of it with my phone!

    • You need to go rent a car right now if for no other reason than to understand the pain the rest of us feel when we can’t find said rental! You also need to understand the strange smell that comes with your rental agreement. I’m not sure if they infuse it into the seats, but it’s a unique smell that’s immediately identifiable.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  5. This is the exact reason why, the last time I rented a car, I deliberately parked next to one covered in bumper stickers. I knew my rental was forgettable, but that crazy cat lady car would be easy to spot! Love your blog, you’re hilarious!

    • But what if the car covered in stickers moved? Would you then be looking for a crazy cat lady car forever? 🙂

      I have the WORST time remembering my rental cars because most rental cars look the same. They’re a dark color, basic model and totally forgettable. From here on out, I will be snapping a photo of (1) the car and (2) the location where I parked.

      Why do I admit things on my blog?! I’m so glad you enjoy it and it gives you a chuckle. Feel free to come back any time and laugh at my idiocy and musings. I’m accepting and welcoming like that.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

  6. Donna George on April 15, 2013 at 1:18 am said:

    Well, I don’t usually rent a car, so that’s not a problem for me. But one time, I turned right instead of left out of a place just south of my town. I figured that I would hit a road that came closer to my house. There was a tropical storm coming and I wanted to get home more quickly. Pretty soon, I was in banjo land (you know, do you hear banjos?) I drove around in the driving rain for about 2 hours before I found my original location, and managed to get home from there. But please don’t think that Florida isn’t safe. We are all perfectly sane down here. 😉

  7. Sadly, I have to do this just about every time I park in a parking garage or large parking lot- even in my own car. I tend to space out sometimes. It’s not a big problem. i just need to allow myself more time to get anywhere 🙂
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  8. This reminds me of one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes (which, really, aren’t they all my favorite) in which they couldn’t find their car in the parking garage.
    Folks of the older generations sure had to be more on the ball than we are. What would we do without the clickers to help us locate our cars. I do it on a regular basis when driving my husband’s car. The 12-passenger van is pretty easy to find. 🙂
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  9. Julie DeNeen on April 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm said:

    Ha! This is one of my fears…that I’ll rent a car and then forget which one it was. Nice to see you already went through this and survived!

  10. At least you lost a rental car, Lisa. I have stood at my car trying to figure out why it won’t unlock, only to look inside and realize it was someone else’s Traverse and not mine. Once the woman who actually owned the car walked up behind me and had to tell me that it was her car and not mine. Not my finest moment. Oh, and I can’t parallel park to save my life.
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  11. Yup, been in the same boat before only not with a rental car…One night when J and I were dating we left the mall and took my car, and then went back and watched a movie. After the movie we couldn’t find J’s car. We called the police and described the car to them. About 10 minutes later the cop told us he found it on the other side of the mall. I offered to drive J over to his car, but he was so pissed he wanted to walk. Neither of us remembered that we had left the mall, and I had parked on the other side of the mall when we came back. FAIL.
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  12. You are hilarious Lisa! I spent the last half hour reading your posts 🙂 I’m lovin your blog!
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    • Oh my gosh! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this comment! Thank you so much for reading and for commenting!

      It’s always hard when you put yourself out there and then have no idea if people like it or if they think it’s funny. It’s one thing when my husband or my mom says it’s funny, but I can’t tell you what it means to hear from a stranger that they enjoy what I write.

      I know that sounds bizarre, but it’s true!

      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying my blog! I enjoy writing it and I also enjoy every experience that makes this blog so stinking crazy.

      Sadly, everything I write about it true, and really happened, but it does make me appreciate all my experiences, even if they’re embarrassing.

      I will stop babbling, but thank you for your comment. It made my night! 🙂

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