Realistic price for car rental in Italy?

Old Apr 17th, 2003, 09:27 AM
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Realistic price for car rental in Italy?

Thanks! I did search the boards but didnt' find my answers. We need a car for 5 days (could do a week but prices seem to be the same) first wk of July. Earlier this month we saw rates under $300 total, now they are closer to 500. Does time of month matter? Any suggestions or ideas to get the best price? We are checking autoeurope, hertz, and avis.
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Old Apr 17th, 2003, 09:38 AM
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I think the time of rental does matter, but more in terms of the demand/availability. I don't really know what the range is, but I did want to tell you to keep in mind all the taxes/insurance that is needed. I rented a car for 1 week (I've been back now 2 weeks) and the rate was $240 for the week, but ended being $528 with the taxes and insurance (not counting the gas and tolls).
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Old Apr 17th, 2003, 09:53 AM
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Hi e_roz. This was my one experience with renting a car in Italy. A year ago April, we rented a Fiat Punto, with a manual transmission, through Kemwel (their rates are usually similar to Autoeurope's rates), and it was approximately $230 for 5 days. This was for a pickup in Siena and a drop-off in La Spezia, and I don't *think* there was an extra charge for dropping it off in a different Italian city.

I don't know if time of month, or time of year, has an effect on the rates.
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Whate dates are you needing the car, also what are your pickup and drop off locations? What class of car?
I did a search on Autoeurope and for a 4 door lancer July 1-7 was 278.00 total with Rome as pickup and drop-off.I searched for hours for the best price for me and could not beat Autoeurope.If you call the m they are offering a 15% discount if you pay by 4-30-03. 888-223-5555
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Old Apr 17th, 2003, 11:09 AM
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Gary , great info to call by 4/30. Thanks! We pick up in Florence and ideally would drop off in Pisa but could bring back to FLorence if it saved significant dollars.
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