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Old 04-04-2011, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Chepachet, RI, Sarasota, FL
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As I’ve posted here previously, my wife and I bought a condo in Crooked Creek about a year and a half ago. We love the complex, the city, proximity to world-class beaches, etc. The only thing we have not been really happy with is dealing with rental car companies. We’ve had a flat tire on the way back to the airport in Tampa and were charged $150. I put the temporary spare on for the remainder of the drive back in that case. A few weeks ago my daughters also had a flat tire which, at my urging, they had replaced at Firestone for $85 as it was unfixable. My daughters were also were pressured big time at the car rental company to purchase “loss of use” and “diminished value” coverage on their rental. We have always declined any rental car insurance however I’ve learned that these two charges are what some companies are attempting to charge in case you get into an accident and are separate from any repair costs that would be paid by your insurance company.

Anyway we are thinking of looking into purchasing a car to leave in Sarasota. The only problem will be transportation from Tampa to Sarasota and Sarasota to Tampa. We fly into Tampa rather than Sarasota as we fly Southwest due to low price and the ease of rescheduling booked flights. However, there doesn’t appear to be any public bus transportation between Tampa and Sarasota. Does anyone know of any private transportation services that would provide this service at a reasonable cost?

My wife and I are hoping that Southwest will eventually fly into Sarasota again.

Thanks in advance,
Bruce
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:05 AM
 
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I was researching this myself lately and found this - Sarasota-Tampa Express:

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$40 per person each way. Haven't used it, but probably the best rate you will find for that distance.

Good luck!
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Chepachet, RI, Sarasota, FL
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Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
Bruce
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Old 04-04-2011, 11:04 PM
 
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I was researching this myself lately and found this - Sarasota-Tampa Express:

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$40 per person each way. Haven't used it, but probably the best rate you will find for that distance.

Good luck!
I've used them on a couple of occasions when my boss drove us to fly out of TPA and then he flew back early. Service has been terrific - in fact, there was one time my flight was delayed getting into TPA and didn't arrive until 2:30 AM. I called them from LAX, told them my flight wouldn't be there until 2:30 AM - no problem.
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