Car rental - Italy

Old Mar 16th, 2010, 06:51 PM
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Car rental - Italy

So car rental seems more expensive than the last time we were in Italy (4 or 5 years ago). We're looking at Auto Europe as that has always worked well for us. All sorts of extra fees - drop charge, premium location.... I don't remember those from before. I think that's what's driving the price up.

We were planning to pick up at the Naples airport and drop off in Sorrento, 7 days - $620. Does that seem high or is that the way it is?

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Old Mar 16th, 2010, 09:04 PM
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We just rented a car from Economy Rentals. It is much cheaper than AutoEurope and has no deductible. But it is more expensive than a rental in France, for example.
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Old Mar 16th, 2010, 09:06 PM
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I forgot, Economy Rentals might not be any cheaper if you return the car at a different location. We are returning the car to the same location in Sicily. When I looked into a one way rental for France, Economy Rentals was more expensive than Kemwel (AutoEurope's sister company).
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Old Mar 16th, 2010, 10:19 PM
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First off--it does seem high but.... What time of year? What kind of car? Airports always carry an additional tourist tax. Naples pick up could be the problem--might be a premium for the level of risk in that area.

We just rented a small vehicle for three weeks out of Florence and delivery to Rome from Autoeurope for $715. That's in late May to mid-June.
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We just booked through Kemwel, Auto Europe's sister company, for next month. The car is a larger station wagon, I think a Fiat Croma. We are picking up in Rome (in-city, which is cheaper than the aiport) and dropping off in Milan, 8 days total. In USD it was about $640. There is zero deductible/excess on this rental.

Maybe try picking it up somewhere besides the airport? That knocked quite a bit off of our quote. Also, it seemed like when I actually called Kemwel or AE on the phone, I got quoted a better rate than I could come up with by using their website pricing system.
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Old Mar 16th, 2010, 10:40 PM
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Try Hertz. I am renting for 30 days midsize car picking up in Zurich and dropping off in Milan. If you pick up a car in Italy they make you pay for insurance so that is one thing that makes it more expensive. Try Sixt or Maggiore but the past 4-5 years I have found Hertz to be the cheapest. Try a rate code of 004.
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Old Mar 17th, 2010, 05:08 AM
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Ira and I just booked Italy through easyterra.com, which is a company afiliated somehow with AutoEurope. I saved about 30% off AutoEurope price and I have the same AutoEurope voucher for an Avis car in Orvieto. You should take a look at them ,but be sure to compare the CDW and theft deductable with what you get from AutoEurope.

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Old Mar 17th, 2010, 06:29 AM
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How much is the premium for airport pickup? Normally, AutoEurope is in the $300-$350 range for a weeks rental in Italy. Try booking your pickup in Sorrento. You can take the Curreri shuttle bus from the airport to Sorrento for 10€.
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Old Mar 17th, 2010, 08:50 AM
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We're going the latter half of May but only need the car for the first week. And it's a compact car! I'll see about booking the pickup in Sorrento and maybe if we lose the 2 extra charges (premium and drop off), it will more in the range I expect. The extra charges were a LOT, my husband has the details.

I'll also check into easterra.com. I thought I had read that some folks had problems with them, is that not the case anymore? We'll also check Hertz and Kemwel.

Thanks everyone! I'll let you know how we fare.
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I do not think anyone here has rented through easyterra before. But many have rented with AutoEurope. Easyterra appears to be the European branch of AutoEurope. Since I have a voucher from AutoEurope, I don't expect it will be any different than renting directly from AutoEurope, but I will let you know in about 2 weeks.

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