Recommendations for "honest" car hire Alicante - NOT OKMobility!

Hi all, having been conned by OKMobility last summer (still fighting to get my money back! I should have read the reviews first I know!), I'm looking not to get caught out again this year.

Despite having excess insurance I was told I was not sufficiently covered and that I could not have the car unless I paid for "Premium" insurance at about 350 Euros for 10 days. I was furious but had no alternative or the holiday would have been over before it had started.

Has anyone had any good experiences with car hire from Alicante or good car hire companies in Spain in general? I'm determined that the same will not happen again.

Many thanks.


  • daveyjp
    daveyjp Posts: 12,379
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    Have look at zest car hire,  UK based brokers I have used a few times without issue.
  • jimi_man
    jimi_man Posts: 1,079
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    Hi. I’ve always used Centauro car hire from Barcelona and they have branches all over Spain including Alicante. Have a look at them. 

    It used to be really cheap - 11 euros for five days was my best though it’s more now. 
  • NoodleDoodleMan
    NoodleDoodleMan Posts: 3,239
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    edited 5 February at 6:57PM
    As recommended above.
    My pal who quite often hires in Spain always uses Zest.
    Their TrustPilot ratings are excellent.
    No idea how they compare in price to others though.
    Worth looking at ?

  • Barkin
    Barkin Posts: 375
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    Unfortunately this (conning customers into buying indurance that isn't needed) is widespread, and not specific to any particular hire companies. 

    I used OKMobility in Spain last year, and while they would've liked for me to buy their own insurance offering, a polite "no thanks, I'm happy for you to put a hold on my CC to cover the excess" got the job done.

    I'm afraid that avoiding this company won't guarantee that you won't have the same issue with another. 
  • zagfles
    zagfles Posts: 20,189
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    Last few car hires in Spain I've used a local small in-resort car hire place and paid in cash. Most of them are happy with this, I've never had any who insist on a CC. There are loads in Spanish tourist resorts. 
    No use if you need the car from the airport but we find it much better value to get transfers/transport to/from airport separately, as we rarely need a car for the whole holiday plus we can hire a smaller car if we don't need to transport luggage.
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