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Avoiding unwanted 'upgrade' on automatic transmission car rental?

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I'm planning a trip to west & northwest Wales in February. I will need a rental car with an automatic transmission, and I want the *narrowest possible* car. I have had a problem in the past in the UK, with Europcar in Cardiff most recently, of being given a 'free upgrade' to a bigger car than I had reserved.

- Are there rental car firms that have better or worse reputations for giving you exactly the car size you've reserved?

- Anyone got any strategies to recommend? ('Learn to drive stick' comments would not be helpful.)
I would prefer to pick the car up in Wales and return to Manchester or Birmingham airports, so that I can get into Wales without spending an extra day in England waiting to get over my jetlag. I don't want to drive right after a 12 hour redeye flight.

Aberystwyth or the Conwy (Llandudno Junction/Llandudno) areas would be most convenient for me. I know that Aberystwyth has National, Europcar, & Hertz, at minimum. I know that Llandudno Junction has Avis and Enteprise, and that a broad range of firms have office in Llandudno.

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