Europe - one way car rental help

Old Apr 5th, 2006, 08:10 PM
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Europe - one way car rental help

I'm flying into Barcelona and out of Rome 22 days later and want to rent a car for 16 of those days. I have contacted AutoEurope for a car rental and it's almost $3000 for a one way rental! Does anyone have any info on more reasonable companies or other avenues for renting?


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Old Apr 5th, 2006, 08:14 PM
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I will be surprised if you have any luck. Would you expect to get a good deal to rent in Texas and return the car in Venezuela?

What is the overall itinerary and how much is locked in stone? You might try starting in Perpignan (France) and do your travels in Catalunya/Spain from there and return through France, dropping off the car in nice. Short train ride to San Remo, and start an Italian car rental there for your Italy itinerary portion.

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Old Apr 5th, 2006, 08:28 PM
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See http://renaultusa.com - pick up at BCN, drop off at FCO, US$1434 for a Megane II with manual transmission or US$1679 for a Scenic II with A/T. Both prices include $175 pickup charge for Barcelona airport and dropoff charge of $275 for Rome airport.

Your paying the price for a 17 day rental but only using it for 16; no big deal. Includes all insurance (zero deductible) and taxes. This is the "buy-back" or lease program from Renault. Peugeot has a similar plan that you can price at http://www.autoeurope.com/buyback.cfm
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Hi Susan,

I had to really shop around for our one-way rental from Paris to Rome. I was surprised that Autoeurope was the MOST expensive quote I got, although they said they would "beat" other quotes.
To give you an idea, this is what I was quoted for a standard-size 12-day rental:
Avis: $890
Hertz direct: $925
Hertz thru Autoeurope: $1000 ($950 if I pay in full now)
Budget-doesn't do one-way from Paris to Rome

The one-way drop off fee ranged from $220 to $370.

I would definitely call around. Also try Nova. I didn't get to them.

Good luck!
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Old Apr 5th, 2006, 08:41 PM
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Thanks. I'll look into that. That's certainly better than $3000.
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Old Apr 5th, 2006, 08:44 PM
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I see you posted the same question twice. On your other one I already mentioned AutoFrance for a Peugeot lease plan similar to what Gardyloo mentions. I use AutoFrance for that rather than AutoEurope. Easier to call them than work on a quote on the internet -- 1-800-572-9655
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Neapolitan,

Yes, I posted to the US forum by mistake. At this point making a call does seem easier. Thank you for the phone number.
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Old Apr 5th, 2006, 08:54 PM
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Well, I certainly can't scold you for posting on the wrong forum. I've been popping back and forth myself and answered it without even realizing it was on the US forum. Duh!
 
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Essentially you need to drop off the car in one country, cross the border and pick up the car in another. I recall people saying for example that Autoeurope used Strasbourg for a German drop-off and French pick-up and vice-versa. I do not think that it would be that convenient between Spain and France, and France and Italy, but it might be worth investigating.

You could check out the buy/sell option, which has pick-up and drop-off fees outside France of $150 to $225, depending on location. That probably would cut your cost by at least one third.
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Old Apr 6th, 2006, 06:03 AM
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My morning email from AutoEurope mentions current discounts for their Peugeot buy back programs which still might be your best deal. I believe you need to book by the 15th of this month. You might want to check it out.

By the way we once did one of those and dropped our car off in Rome. Compared to keeping it a few more days and paying parking or doing a pair of train tickets from somewhere over the French border, it was still cheaper to pay the drop off fee. And returning to the Rome Airport couldn't have been easier (easier than turning in an Avis car in most US airports).
 
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Dina,
Are you saying that it was $900-1000, plus the dropoff fee of $220 to $370.? Thanks!
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I see you found this string of emails too Sis.
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