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    • androidguy
    • By androidguy 4th Jul 17, 4:05 PM
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    Cheap Car hire?
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    Cheap Car hire? 4th Jul 17 at 4:05 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Our car has died and we need to buy a new one. Meantime, I need to get the kids to school, swimming, cubs, tennis, cricket.....so I'd like to hire a care for a week or so.

    Where's the best place to hire something cheap? We are in Sutton Coldfield. Your help is most appreciated

    John
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    • khcomp
    • By khcomp 4th Jul 17, 4:13 PM
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    Ebay, Facebook, Gumtree - buy something cheap, use it for a couple of weeks, then sell it again.
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 4th Jul 17, 4:21 PM
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    For general hire i find Sixt and Thrifty quite cheap
    • androidguy
    • By androidguy 4th Jul 17, 4:30 PM
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    • 4th Jul 17, 4:30 PM
    Ebay, Facebook, Gumtree - buy something cheap, use it for a couple of weeks, then sell it again.
    Originally posted by khcomp
    I hadn't thought of that - I might do so! Thanks!
    • khcomp
    • By khcomp 4th Jul 17, 4:36 PM
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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2004-Suzuki-Wagon-R-1-3-GL-R-5dr-/292172223652?hash=item4406d254a4:g:PJMAAOSwLsBZQQ3 n

    Do you for a couple of weeks...I bought a Wagon R four years ago for £300, been utterly reliable and the current wife loves it!
    • androidguy
    • By androidguy 4th Jul 17, 4:38 PM
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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2004-Suzuki-Wagon-R-1-3-GL-R-5dr-/292172223652?hash=item4406d254a4:g:PJMAAOSwLsBZQQ3 n

    Do you for a couple of weeks...I bought a Wagon R four years ago for £300, been utterly reliable and the current wife loves it!
    Originally posted by khcomp
    Thank you - it might be just the thing!
    • khcomp
    • By khcomp 4th Jul 17, 4:52 PM
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    I know it looks like a shoebox (I regularly hear cries of 'here comes postman pat'), but for lugging the kids and shopping around, and ease of driving & parking, they're great!
    • angrycrow
    • By angrycrow 4th Jul 17, 5:15 PM
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    • 4th Jul 17, 5:15 PM
    Another vote for buying a banger, when my car died rather than hire a car spent £1000 on a banger, ending up using it as a replacement for 2 years then sold it on for £550. Spent under £500 during the 2 years including tyres repairs and mot. Works out at £40 a month for depreciation and maintenance. Not quite the cheapest car I owned but not far off the record was £18 a month over 3years.
    • pvt
    • By pvt 4th Jul 17, 6:08 PM
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    • 4th Jul 17, 6:08 PM
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    • 4th Jul 17, 6:08 PM
    If it is just for "a week or so", then may I suggest you try looking on the rental brokers' websites. Argus; Auto Europe; Carhire 3000; Affordable Carhire; to name but a few.
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    • Shaka_Zulu
    • By Shaka_Zulu 4th Jul 17, 7:36 PM
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    £129 for cheapest one in Birmingham with AutoEurope for a fortnight.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 4th Jul 17, 7:39 PM
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    Why don't you just tell the kids they'll have to do without their activities for a week or two? I'm sure that some of them are actually within reasonable walking/cycling distance anyway if the parents in my town who drive their kids everywhere despite the place being no more than a mile square are anything to go by.
    • mgfvvc
    • By mgfvvc 5th Jul 17, 7:20 PM
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    I always check rentalcars.com and holidayautos.com. Add excess insurance from direct-carexcess.co.uk (about £42 for an annual policy IIRC).
    • Mobeer
    • By Mobeer 5th Jul 17, 7:24 PM
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    For just a week, can't you put up with public transport?
    • rhysadams
    • By rhysadams 6th Jul 17, 12:27 PM
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    Short Term Car Leasing might be an avenue, there are a few companies out there including Thrifty and Short Term Leasing - You can get a Fiat 500 for £240 per month.
    • androidguy
    • By androidguy 7th Jul 17, 3:52 PM
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    OK, thanks for the tips, everyone. The rental.com one was really good,in particular. You can hire a small car quite cheaply. It's all become very complex with where the new car we've bought needs picking up from and where the hire car places are. The kids and I cycled to school this morning (Yaaa! Ambition achieved) and it's cheaper / easier to use a taxi for a couple of journeys on Monday / Tuesday when I can then pick up the new motor.

    Thanks again, everyone, it was really helpful

    John
    • JP1978
    • By JP1978 7th Jul 17, 9:19 PM
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    If you book via a booking agent then you may have limited miles. Book direct for unlimited (generally - check the T&C's)

    Green Motion are cheap (Near airports generally) but make sure you have seperate excess insurance (regardless of any company you use)
    • Crabman
    • By Crabman 8th Jul 17, 3:20 PM
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    Info on car hire excess insurance (as well as car hire generally) in the article:

    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/travel/cheap-car-hire#insurancetrick
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    • John123john
    • By John123john 9th Jul 17, 8:29 AM
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    Another vote for Carhire 3000. Have used them several times without a problem.
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