Automatic Car Rental for a Week

May 8th, 2003, 10:32 AM
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Automatic Car Rental for a Week

Does anyone know of a discount or wholesaler for car rentals? The problem is that I really do need an automatic. The lowest rate I have gotten so far is $400 euros (including VAT), and that is still too much for me. Any ideas? Thanks.
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May 8th, 2003, 10:34 AM
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You didn't say where you were renting from. Maybe AutoEurope? http://www.autoeurope.com
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May 8th, 2003, 11:33 AM
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As a rule, automatics will run about double a standard shift. I need one too!
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May 8th, 2003, 11:38 AM
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Unfortunately if you must have an automatic, you will pay a large premium. Can't really get around that.

But you don't say what country, what size car or what agency you are looking for. If the $400 is for a large car/automatic that would seem to be reasonable most places in Europe.

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May 8th, 2003, 01:44 PM
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Try autoeurope & try getting a compact. They do have compacts with auto transmission in some locations. Otherwise you're forced to get a midsize. If it (compact/auto) doesn't come up, try another location.
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May 8th, 2003, 01:50 PM
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Nova rentacar is another reliable company to check. But automatics are a lot more expensive in Europe.

http://rentacar-europe.com/
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May 8th, 2003, 03:19 PM
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Sorry to leave the important information out. AutoEurope quoted me 444 for a Peugot 206 (that is the car that came up online). Hertz quoted me 393 for a week on the phone. I will be renting and returning in Madrid.
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May 8th, 2003, 03:24 PM
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Have you tried using travelocity or Alamo rental car?
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May 8th, 2003, 04:04 PM
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Alamo yes, travelocity no. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll go try travelocity.
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May 8th, 2003, 04:22 PM
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Try Kemwel also. You just have to try every car rental there is.
Then if Auto Europe is not the least expensive, they will beat your lowest price.
I always rent automatics. You are going to pay more (not twice as much, but a significant amount more). There is just no way around it.
Good luck.
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May 8th, 2003, 04:50 PM
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As someone else said above, at 400 euros for 7 days in June time period, you should get at least a mid-size "executive sedan" like a Citroen Xantia or an Opel Vectra. Also as mentioned, it might be tough to find a smaller car with auto tran to lower the price significantly.
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