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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 12th Aug 08, 12:31 PM
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    Cheap car hire article discussion
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    • 12th Aug 08, 12:31 PM
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    Cheap car hire article discussion 12th Aug 08 at 12:31 PM


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    • jago25_98
    • By jago25_98 12th Apr 19, 12:18 PM
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    Related:

    Please all be aware the the International Driving License Permit now has to be made in person at a Post Office so you may need to fly back to the UK to renew. It also now only lasts a year and not 2.

    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
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 12th Apr 19, 12:32 PM
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    Related:

    Please all be aware the the International Driving License Permit now has to be made in person at a Post Office so you may need to fly back to the UK to renew. It also now only lasts a year and not 2.

    This beaurocratic change doesn't hit me too hard personally but it makes me angry as I feel for the people it will impact.
    Originally posted by jago25_98

    Your post makes no sense at all. IDP has had a 12 month validity for as long as I've be applying for them. That's at least three years.
    • fifeken
    • By fifeken 14th Apr 19, 1:42 PM
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    Please all be aware the the International Driving License Permit now has to be made in person at a Post Office so you may need to fly back to the UK to renew. It also now only lasts a year and not 2.

    This beaurocratic change doesn't hit me too hard personally but it makes me angry as I feel for the people it will impact.
    Originally posted by jago25_98
    Been like that since 1st February this year.

    If you're abroad that long that returning to the UK is an issue you should probably be getting a local license for wherever you are.

    Post Office website still indicates validity can be up to 3 years but is dependant on the type required for your destination. See FAQs here:
    https://www.postoffice.co.uk/international-driving-permit
    • brendanm
    • By brendanm 17th Apr 19, 1:55 PM
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    Hi there
    We will be flying into Munich and touring around for the first week of July and need to hire a car to seat 2 adults, 2 teenagers, and luggage comfortably.
    Can someone please recommend a decent, trustworthy car hire firm for pickup and return at Munich Airport.
    Cheers
    • Adelandgemma
    • By Adelandgemma 14th May 19, 4:32 PM
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    I'm flying with my mum from Tenerife to Manchester for a wedding in June but during the week have a lot of visiting to do so a hire car should be easier.

    My mum now drives on a Spanish license so isnt comfortable driving on UK roads so wants me to drive but I dont have a credit card. We cant find any companies that will allow me as main driver with the payment in my mums name even though we will be together.

    Next problem, they're all wanting about 10 a day for me as an additional driver bumping the price up quite a bit by the end of the week. I have found one company 'Dollar' who offer one free additional driver at the price of 200 for the week with a 750 credit card deposit.

    So 2 questions, firstly does anyone have any experience of Dollar in the UK? Reviews seem pretty good but I've never heard of them. Secondly are there any tips for bringing the car hire pricing down at all? Thanks in advance!
    • edwhow
    • By edwhow 23rd May 19, 10:23 PM
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    Cheap Car Hire
    In December I went on a UK comparison site and got a price for car rental for Cape Town. I would have had to pay up front. The car was from Bidvest, so I went on their ZA site and got a quotation, booking, pay at the end of the hire, half the price. You can even get a big discount if over a certain age. No hassles with pickup or return.

    Now I want to know, how on earth do you get 3/day in Europe (Money Tips, 21/05/19), I've never seen anything like that?
    • timmh
    • By timmh 19th Jul 19, 1:14 PM
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    Deposit
    It's been a few years since I hired a car but everywhere I'm looking they all seem to want a 1200 credit card deposit which seems ludicrous to me. The article refers to a deposit if we decide to take a separate "excess" policy but from what I'm looking at it seems they all want one. Even if they don't take it, it seriously challenging my credit limit leaving me little emergency money on the credit card if I need it.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 19th Jul 19, 5:24 PM
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    It's been a few years since I hired a car but everywhere I'm looking they all seem to want a 1200 credit card deposit which seems ludicrous to me. The article refers to a deposit if we decide to take a separate "excess" policy but from what I'm looking at it seems they all want one. Even if they don't take it, it seriously challenging my credit limit leaving me little emergency money on the credit card if I need it.
    Originally posted by timmh
    What is it that you would like to discuss?
    • timmh
    • By timmh 21st Jul 19, 9:19 AM
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    The deposit. I only have 1400 credit on my credit card and they want to charge €1200 which I assume wipes almost all of my credit out. I realise it's refundable but it seems quite excessive. If I look at larger companies ie Hertz they want more money but less deposit.
    Am I right in that the deposit wipes out my available credit? Is this usual? The article seems to suggest the high deposit is only if you choose your own insurance.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 21st Jul 19, 10:32 AM
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    The deposit. I only have 1400 credit on my credit card and they want to charge 1200 which I assume wipes almost all of my credit out. I realise it's refundable but it seems quite excessive. If I look at larger companies ie Hertz they want more money but less deposit.
    Am I right in that the deposit wipes out my available credit? Is this usual? The article seems to suggest the high deposit is only if you choose your own insurance.
    Originally posted by timmh
    Most don't actually remove the money, they just have an authorisation to take it. Blocking the amount instead of actually taking it. Some hold a lesser amount and some not at all.

    If you want a less generic reply, perhaps you should actually reveal the actual locations involved.
    • pffrizelle
    • By pffrizelle 3rd Aug 19, 4:31 PM
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    Car Hire Excess Insurance for non-UK Residents
    This article is very helpful, however, none of the car hire excess insurance sites seemed to cater to expatriates returning for a visit to the UK.
    My family and I live abroad and are therefore not UK-resident, and have just arrived back for a two month visit. I want to hire a car here and still have my valid UK licence, but can't seem to find this kind of insurance to help me.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 3rd Aug 19, 6:34 PM
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    This article is very helpful, however, none of the car hire excess insurance sites seemed to cater to expatriates returning for a visit to the UK.
    My family and I live abroad and are therefore not UK-resident, and have just arrived back for a two month visit. I want to hire a car here and still have my valid UK licence, but can't seem to find this kind of insurance to help me.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Originally posted by pffrizelle
    https://www.worldwideinsure.com/car-hire-excess-insurance.php
    • Loudlondoner
    • By Loudlondoner 9th Aug 19, 9:42 AM
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    I read Martin's article about getting hire car excess insurance however is this required in America? I was told on the phone that it is not required as the law states there is no excess and a huge level of cover for everyone...any help would be appreciated
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 9th Aug 19, 9:56 AM
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    I read Martin's article about getting hire car excess insurance however is this required in America? I was told on the phone that it is not required as the law states there is no excess and a huge level of cover for everyone...any help would be appreciated
    Originally posted by Loudlondoner
    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=6029707
    • fiestaman87
    • By fiestaman87 12th Aug 19, 8:58 AM
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    Apologies if this has already been discussed.

    I have AVIS car hire booked in the US as part of a British Airways package and I wonder if anyone can please advise whether I'll need any additional insurance in relation to the car?

    These are included:
    Crf Surcharge$/
    Dy Customer Fac Charge
    Transportation Fee
    Veh. License Fee
    Fuel Policy Is Full To Full
    Domestic Security Fee
    Third Party Liability (TPL)
    Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
    Unlimited Mileage

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    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 12th Aug 19, 10:29 AM
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    EveryWhere
    Apologies if this has already been discussed.

    I have AVIS car hire booked in the US as part of a British Airways package and I wonder if anyone can please advise whether I'll need any additional insurance in relation to the car?

    These are included:
    Crf Surcharge$/
    Dy Customer Fac Charge
    Transportation Fee
    Veh. License Fee
    Fuel Policy Is Full To Full
    Domestic Security Fee
    Third Party Liability (TPL)
    Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
    Unlimited Mileage

    Thanks
    Originally posted by fiestaman87
    Same question and answer as above.
    • HardTimes
    • By HardTimes 13th Aug 19, 2:54 PM
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    hire car too cheap....
    Hi I was using various websites (eg mse recommended skyscanner) to compare prices for 14days car hire at Malaga airport 3rd week in September.

    With better known companies its typically 10/day …. But lots of smaller companies (eg goldcars) are quoting about 11 for the whole 2 weeks!

    Looking at their t&cs… the hire firms claim
    Pick-Up Location: In Terminal
    Fuel Policy: Full to Full
    Mileage: Limited (but enough for my needs)
    Included for Free: Collision Damage Waiver, Theft Protection, Third Party Liability, Cancellation, Amendments…
    wow

    But its too cheap … its got to be a con hasn’t it?

    I normaly get 3rd party excess insurance to guard against overcharging at the pickup desk ... but I’m still tempted to steer well clear…. but has anyone got any feedback on such deals?
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 13th Aug 19, 3:13 PM
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    but has anyone got any feedback on such deals?
    Originally posted by HardTimes
    If you mean Goldcar, feedback is extensive, as a quick search of this board would reveal, including the twenty pages of this one:

    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2744712
    • HardTimes
    • By HardTimes 13th Aug 19, 5:01 PM
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    If you mean Goldcar, feedback is extensive, as a quick search of this board would reveal, including the twenty pages of this one:
    Originally posted by eDicky

    no I wasn't particularly referring to goldcar as there were half a dozen companies offering similarly super cheap deals of a few pounds per day ... so I was asking for feedback as to whether these deals are geniuine or just a scam to get you through the door before ramping up the real costs?

    But yes - the thread you link to is pretty damning and a good indicator to steer clear of all such deals. Thanks
    Last edited by HardTimes; 13-08-2019 at 5:46 PM.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 13th Aug 19, 8:15 PM
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    no I wasn't particularly referring to goldcar as there were half a dozen companies offering similarly super cheap deals of a few pounds per day ... so I was asking for feedback as to whether these deals are geniuine or just a scam to get you through the door before ramping up the real costs?

    But yes - the thread you link to is pretty damning and a good indicator to steer clear of all such deals. Thanks
    Originally posted by HardTimes
    If you are going to do it, book direct, as opposed to via a broker, in so that you have one clear set of T&Cs.
    Take pictures of everything and make sure everything is documented. It will be much harder for them to pull a fast one, if they know if you have pictures and video of existing damage.
    In addition, get back a bit early, in so that you can have the car checked and signed off before you leave.
    They'll try to fob you off. That'll be what you get for going with that kind of company.
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