High car rental quotes?

Old Nov 15th, 1999, 05:40 PM
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Gail
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High car rental quotes?

The recent thread started by ET over high hotel and car rental quotes resulted in several people like BoJack writing in with very low car rental rates. I'm wondering how you get rates that low. I called Hertz, which is renting BoJack a midsize, manual on a prepay basis for $270 and they quoted me $503. I've been told I should get collision damage waiver or I'll regret it. My quote for the same vehicle BoJack's renting includes that coverage. Does BoJack's $270 rate include CDW? I'll be renting a car for 13 days in Spain in March. I've contacted Auto Europe ($518), Europe by Car ($400), and Avis ($524). Any suggestions?
 
Old Nov 15th, 1999, 05:59 PM
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wes fowler
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Gail,
In many European countries, excluding Italy and Ireland, many major credit cards will provide collision damage coverage at no cost to the card holder. Check with the credit card provider with whom you'll be renting the auto to determine if such coverage is provided; it probably is).
 
Old Nov 15th, 1999, 08:13 PM
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I'm renting a midsize manual transmission in Spain for $119 (plus 16% tax) for 7 days. Booked through AVIS on line.

 
Old Nov 16th, 1999, 06:20 AM
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The last two years I've had luck renting from Hertz in January for trips later in the year in Italy and Spain. They have (or have had) a deal then that you get a low price when you pay in full in advance. If you don't take your trip, you can cancel the car and get a full refund. So you might want to check back with Hertz in January to see if their prices are different. I don't remember the prices but they were very reasonable.

Re CDW: we've used Diners Club to rent our cars which provides primary collision even in Europe, including Italy.
 
Old Jan 22nd, 2000, 04:03 AM
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Gail,

In the past I have used a travel site called oneclicktravel.com which is excellent - you can instantly compare car rental rates from all the major companies and a couple of local ones as well and we have found some really good deals this way, both in Europe and in the US. The only hassle is that cars need to be picked up and dropped off at an airport.

Hope this helps,

Paul.
 
Old Jan 22nd, 2000, 07:52 AM
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I use travelocity to do initial scouting for car rental rates and availability; unlike expedia and this oneclicktravel that Paul mentions, it is more accommodating for locations NOT at airports.

But I always check with www.autoeurope.com and www.its-cars-hotels.com for comparison sake. And I will NEVER lock in to a pre-paid deal that isn't cancellable. I've had more than one experience where a "late-breaking" promotion was posted right at the counter (frequently on a chalkboard) of one of the competing car rental companies.

Lately, there seems to be worse and worse pricing on the CDW insurance offered (optionally, with the exception of Italy, just to name one example) by the car rental company.

The newsletter from www.about.com offers info just this week on one potentially more cost-effective solution - - see http://goeurope.about.com/library/weekly/aa000120a.htm to read about it. The following is excerpted from that article:

"Travel Guard International, a leading U.S. travel-insurance specialist, sells a $25,000 Collision Damage Waiver for only US $6.00 per day plus a policy fee of $3.00. This is a bargain compared to the prices charged by rental-car firms, but it doesn't include theft insurance (LDW)."

To get the web-link to the company listed above, you'll have to actually go to the article, as the link doesn't carry over with my cut and paste.

Best wishes,

Rex
 
Old Jan 22nd, 2000, 04:53 PM
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I do not get the CDW when renting a car. I rely on the insurance provided by my credit card (American Express Gold or Platinum). So I would have current information, I just called Hertz and asked for a quote on a mid-sized, manual transmission to be picked up at the Madrid Airport on March 11 and returned on March 25. The pre-paid rate quoted me was $285, including tax and a AAA discount. It does not include the airport fee (about $20) nor the additional driver fee (about $40). The quote on the same basis, but for the next larger size (an "intermediate station wagon") was $590.
 
Old Jan 23rd, 2000, 09:03 AM
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I got a weekly rate of $104, not including taxes etc...
this through Yahoo travel, I think they are using travelocity...for only $5 a week more I upgraded from economy to mid-size.
 
Old Jan 23rd, 2000, 11:04 AM
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We rented a mid-size car for 10 days in Spain last May for around $268/all inclusive. AVIS all the way for me.
 
Old Jan 23rd, 2000, 01:27 PM
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www.sixt.com
 
Old Jan 24th, 2000, 08:24 AM
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Thanks, everyone, for the info. Especially thanks to those who suggested getting the CDW and theft insurance through my credit card. I upgraded my credit card, free of charge, to a platinum and saved a few hundred $ on the CDW/theft it now offers me. Numerous calls over the past month to Avis, Hertz, Auto Europe and Europe By Car for quotes on a mid-size, manual, 13 day rental with 16% VAT have given me the following rates, all include 3rd party liability but not CDW/theft: Avis: $248; Hertz: $311 (and rising!); Auto Europe: $271; can't find Europe By Car quote as I write this but it was higher.One Avis agent offered me $20 worth of gas coupons for $1 but when I called back, no other agent was able to find this offer. One thing I'd suggest to other folks trying to rent cars is to make lots of calls to find out ALL the variables, then list all the variables and make sure you're getting quotes for the same product. Some agents offer lots more helpful info than others, some assume you need/don't need certain features.
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