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Salloon or Estate, Petrol or Diesel - What kind of car to rent in England - Help please!!


Salloon or Estate, Petrol or Diesel - What kind of car to rent in England - Help please!!

Old Mar 15th, 2004, 04:45 AM
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Thank you so much for your non-judgemental advice. And thank you all others who actually responded to the question(s) asked. (Brimham Rocks - Yes you are correct. I was referring to the size of my older son's shoes, not the quantity. nytraveller - I wouldn't put anything inside my son's shoes except HIS feet - but, to each his own.)

Thanks again for all the helpful advise.

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The largest sedan I have seen for rental in Europe appears to be something like an E class Mercedes or one of the Volvos. You and your family will not fit into them with your luggage. We rented an Estate car last time we were in Ireland which was like a Ford Mondeo. I should note however that we travel with 22 inch rollaways and a carryon like many travelers who post here. We have learned to do just fine carrying around less. (except for my wife who brings a 24" but she used to use a 28" so we manage) We too have two adults and 2 teenagers.
You will have to rent a van unless you cut down on your luggage.
I also agree with someone above that security is an issue with all of your luggage in a Van or even a station wagon. You may wish to travel as much as you can from hotel to hotel so you can unload than use the vehicle without having to worry about your belongings.
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 03:43 PM
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Luggage in plain sight can definitely be a problem when you want to stop anywhere that doesn't have an attended parking lot (like most of them). We've taken to packing a very lightweight blanket to throw over the top to at least keep prospective thieves from seeing exactly what's in the car, and we're very careful not to leave maps and guidebooks and other tourist give-aways on view.
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I do apologize if my comments about excessive luggage were tactless. Heaven knows how much luggage I've carried around Europe. I was just trying to indicate that too much luggage can at times be a pain and should also influence the type of car you rented. The security issue as stated in previous posts is what should concern you not how much/little you take.
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