Cheap car hire article discussion

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  • richardwrichardw Forumite
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    PompeyLion wrote: »
    Hi, first post so sorry if I break any rules; I have just booked a hire car ["Mondeo or equivalent"] for 2 days, to be collected on landing at Knock airport later this year, for £47 which is great. They wanted £26 excess waiver cover so I followed the advice on this site and took out excess reimbursement insurance with Bettersafe. I now have cover for up to £6000, for £1.60 plus £0.19 IPT. This seems too good to be true, or am I being cynical? Has anyone had to claim with Bettersafe?

    Who do you collect the car from at Knock airport?
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  • PompeyLionPompeyLion Forumite
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    My Holiday Autos voucher says "Serviced by Europcar" and "Car rental provider; Carhire.ie" and "Avoid costly excess charges for just £12 a day". It's only for 2 days but they still want €1800 deposit off my credit card.
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    Europcar own Goldcar, so prepare yourself for their insurance up sell before letting you have the car.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
  • EveryWhereEveryWhere
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    PompeyLion wrote: »
    My Holiday Autos voucher says "Serviced by Europcar" and "Car rental provider; Carhire.ie" and "Avoid costly excess charges for just £12 a day". It's only for 2 days but they still want €1800 deposit off my credit card.

    This is normal. The only way to prevent it, is to purchase a waiver from the Car Rental provider.
    What did you think was going to happen?
  • EveryWhereEveryWhere
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    PompeyLion wrote: »
    Hi, first post so sorry if I break any rules; I have just booked a hire car ["Mondeo or equivalent"] for 2 days, to be collected on landing at Knock airport later this year, for £47 which is great. They wanted £26 excess waiver cover so I followed the advice on this site and took out excess reimbursement insurance with Bettersafe. I now have cover for up to £6000, for £1.60 plus £0.19 IPT. This seems too good to be true, or am I being cynical? Has anyone had to claim with Bettersafe?


    Since Bettersafe advertise a price of £1.99 per day, I don't know how you managed to pay £1.79 for two days.

    https://www.bettersafe.com/Products/Car-Hire-Excess-Insurance-Protection
  • evergreenevergreen Forumite
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    We are going on a cruise from Miami in August but will need car hire when we return to spend 7 days at a villa in Orlando. Can we pick up a car at the Miami cruise port? Thanks in advance.
  • greendr2greendr2 Forumite
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    I've cruised out of Miami a number of times. The easiest way I've found to meet up with a rental car, is to book it from the airport. Most hire companies offer free shuttles to/from the cruise port. There aren't any car rental offices right at the cruise port, so unless you take their free shuttles to/from the airport, you'll need to get a cab/uber to a nearby office which can be a real ball-ache, given the heat, luggage, crowds etc. The airport is very close to the cruise port and the journey is around 10 - 15 mins.
  • MirnMirn Forumite
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    I'm new to car rental and I don't have a credit card! (I also at the time of booking had to go to the local library for internet.) I booked a car via CarJet online and gave my (debit) card number. The next day I went to pick up the car at Green Motion at Edinburgh Airport and was refused the car I booked because I didn't have a credit card although I showed the man I had adequate funds in
    my account. The next day the cost of the hire was debited from my bank account.
    CarJet say I cancelled. I say the contract was frustrated by Green Motion refusing to hire the car.
    How can I get my money back ? Any ideas?
  • EssexExileEssexExile Forumite
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    Mirn wrote: »
    I'm new to car rental and I don't have a credit card! (I also at the time of booking had to go to the local library for internet.) I booked a car via CarJet online and gave my (debit) card number. The next day I went to pick up the car at Green Motion at Edinburgh Airport and was refused the car I booked because I didn't have a credit card although I showed the man I had adequate funds in
    my account. The next day the cost of the hire was debited from my bank account.
    CarJet say I cancelled. I say the contract was frustrated by Green Motion refusing to hire the car.
    How can I get my money back ? Any ideas?

    On the front page of their website:
    In general, there are two possible payment options: Payment on Arrival and Prepaid Bookings.

    Payment on Arrival: You'll pay on collection of the car by credit card (Visa or Mastercard).

    Prepaid Bookings: You'll pay when you book online. Remember that although your booking has been paid for, the main driver will still be required to have a credit card in their name on collection in order to pick up the car.
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  • jago25_98jago25_98 Forumite
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    This beaurocratic change doesn't hit me too hard personally but it makes me angry as I feel for the people it will impact.
    Order of events: Banks lose our money -> get bailed out -> were inflating GBP to cover it -> now taxing us -> next will grab your funds direct -> things get really desperate to balance the books. What should have happened?: banks go bust and we lost our money much quicker
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