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Be careful when you rent a car with Avis in Thailand

Following my experience, I would like to inform who is planning to rent a car to see the surrounding of Chiang Mai to pay attention to the rental policy of Avis at the airport, but I think it's a policy all over Thailand.

The company takes a 20.000 baht security deposit (which equals to 500 euro / 560 dollars) from your credit card and releases it 30 days after you return the car.

They don't say this openly when you rent the car, in fact, they use the formula "the deposit will be returned to you automatically". You discover the truth when you try to use your card and funds that you didn't spend are unavailable.

So, if you need your money while you travel (an emergency, maybe?), it's a good idea not to leave a chunk of it with Avis.

Check prices and condition for the deposit with other companies if you plan to rent, you'll find cheaper options and a more transparent way to operate.

Not to mention that the lousy maintenance of the car, but this is another story.

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