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donalkrista Sep 7th, 2005 07:26 PM

Thrifty car rental in Rome - too good to be true??
 
We just booked an economy car (Lancia Y) from Thrify.com that we will be picking up in Rome (Termini) this Sunday (Sept 11). The base rate was EUR 8.00 per day so with damage waivers, road tax, theft protection, VAT, etc. we were quoted about EUR 130.00 for 4 days.
The thing is that the next car up is smaller and up a grade further it is only the same size yet almost DOUBLE the price for the same period. Can we expect some bait and switch or is there some other catch awaiting us when we arrive ?????

Patrick Sep 7th, 2005 08:00 PM

You didn't want the engine and the wheels in addition to the car did you?


Seriously, it sounds like a glitch to me, but hey, if you have the printed out contract, you should be good to go.

Intrepid1 Sep 8th, 2005 03:00 AM

You can expect exactly what the offer states, however, be aware of the usual "or similar" wording in these car rental deals. You may, or may not, get a Lancia, but you should get the rate as quoted regardless of the car...unless insurance, etc., varies by car type.

Sher Sep 8th, 2005 04:17 AM

If you just made the reservation for this coming Sunday, they may have an excess of cars and are offering a special.
With a printed contract and price, I think you are o.k.
Just double check the fine print. Oh, and take a copy of the quote with you.

jrchapma Sep 8th, 2005 05:58 AM

I just checked a rate for the week I'll be driving in Tuscany - November 12-19, picking up in downtown Florence. Their quote was EUR 45 for the week (less than EUR 7 a day), and including damage waiver, road tax, theft protection, and VAT is EUR 215. The next best quote I found was Hertz at EUR 235 (AutoEurope was even more).

Does anyone have experience with Thrifty?

What about experience with this car - the Lancia Y?

MarciaR Sep 8th, 2005 06:58 AM

In Italy the rates for a standard shift
car are much cheaper than an automatic.
So if you want an automatic car, make
sure the rate quoted you is for an automatic and not a shift.
The last time we were in Italy, we
ordered the cheapest automatic Hertz had, which was a Ford Fiesta 1.4 which
we had had before & was adequate. This time they gave us an upgrade to a Mercedes, which was very comfortable, and was also very economical on gas (diesel).
Good luck!

SandyB Sep 8th, 2005 05:29 PM

I just checked for a weeks rental when we will be gong to Rome in Oct., and the 45E weekly rental Lancia comes to over 246E when CDW, theft protection, and taxes are added. I got a much better rate from www.argusrental.com.

SandyB Sep 8th, 2005 05:47 PM

oops, that's www.argusrentals.com

macanimals Sep 8th, 2005 06:01 PM

You may have rented a manual transmission Lancia with NO AIR CONDITIONING - check your contract.


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